Photo: Forward Charles Hudon has been extremely strong in his first season of professional hockey, posting 32 points in 34 games. Hudon was a fifth round pick from the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
The Montreal Canadiens have several key prospects playing minor league hockey, the final developmental rung before the NHL. Some, like defensemen Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu, are poised on the brink of becoming NHL regulars.
Photo: Chris Bigras scored a goal and two assists but could not keep the Owen Sound Attack from dropping four straight to Sault Ste. Marie in their five-game first round series (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The season may have ended on a disappointing note for the Colorado Avalanche but the short postseason run was an invaluable experience for some of the Avalanche’s young prospects. Joey Hishon made his long-awaited NHL debut and Brad Malone and Paul Carey got their first glimpse at what the NHL playoffs are all about.
Photo: University of Minnesota freshman Justin Kloos earned Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA West Regional after netting two goals in Minnesota’s 4-0 win over St. Cloud State University. The win sends Minnesota to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)
The University of Minnesota completed the four-team field that will be headed to Philadelphia in two weeks for the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four after a dominating 4-0 performance against intra-state rival St. Cloud State University in the West Regional final on Sunday night.
Photo: St. Cloud State University forward Nic Dowd’s shot in overtime sails over the glove of Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays and into the net, giving the Huskies the 4-3 OT win in a NCAA West Regional semifinal contest (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University will meet for the right to advance to the Frozen Four after winning their respective NCAA West Regional semi-final games.
Photo: Freshman defenseman Will Butcher (#7) made his mark with 16 points in his first year for the University of Denver. The Pioneers won the inaugural NCHC tournament with a win over Miami (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
In the last four drafts, the Colorado Avalanche only selected a combined six players from the USHL, a pipeline to the NCAA, and European junior leagues. To date, only four of those players still remain a part of the Avalanche organization.