Video: 2012 USA Hockey NJEC – Andy Welinski, USA

by Ken McKenna
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Andy Welinski - USA

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Andy Welinski survived the first cut in his bid to earn a berth on the 2013 USA WJC squad (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport)

 

Defenseman Andy Welinski returned to the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers for the 2011-12 season.  As it turned out, it was a season to remember for the Anaheim Ducks prospect.

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Video: 2012 USA Hockey NJEC – Sean Kuraly, USA

by Ken McKenna
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Sean Kuraly, USA

Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Sean Kuraly turned in a strong showing at the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The USHL is considered by most to be the top junior development league in the United States.  In recent years, the league has been producing what seems to be an ever growing crop of NHL draftees, some of whom have flown somewhat under the radar even after being drafted.

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Minnesota high school 2012 draft review

by Blake Benzel
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Ted Blueger - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: While not a homegrown product, Pittsburgh Penguins draft choice Ted Blueger of Shattuck St. Mary's was the top Minnesota high school pick at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While high end talent wasn’t there this season in the NHL Draft from the Minnesota high school ranks, there was certainly a quality of depth to be found. With that in mind, here is a look at the picks coming out of the State of Hockey.

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Ferlin takes unlikely path in quest to reach NHL

by Richard Murray
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Brian Ferlin - Cornell University

Photo: Cornell University forward Brian Ferlin turned in a solid freshman season despite missing time due to injuries (courtesy of Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)

 

It wasn't too long ago that Boston Bruins prospect and Cornell University player Brian Ferlin had doubts about his future in the game of hockey, but after making the roster of the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL) he had a chance to grow.

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Kerdiles right at home with the Ducks

by Andrew Knoll
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Photo: The Ducks added more hometown flavor to their team with the selection of forward Nicolas Kerdiles from the USNTDP program (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

While the Anaheim Ducks scoured Sweden to draft Hampus Lindholm, they only needed to meander fifteen minutes down I-5 to discover second-rounder and Irvine product Nicolas Kerdiles.

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