You don't need an Ivy League education to realize that Mark Arcobello has been a huge reason for the Oklahoma City Barons' return to the American Hockey League's Western Conference Finals this spring.
The Yale University alum with the degree in political science has moved on to an entirely different post-graduate curriculum: Intro to Professional Hockey. The Edmonton Oilers prospect's professors include the Barons coaching staff, led by head coach Todd Nelson.
"His hockey IQ is a huge strength," Nelson said of the third-year pro from Milford, Conn., who has had a breakout campaign in 2012-13. "He's a smart player and he's got skill. He's not a very big guy, but he's very competitive. He's not intimidated by any means.
"He finishes all his checks and plays a hard game. His skill level and hockey IQ -- his vision, his hockey sense, his creativity -- is above others in this league."