College hockey's version of the Sweet 16 gets under way Friday night when the NCAA Tournament begins. The winners of the four regionals will reconvene at the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh on April 11, with the two winners squaring off for the championship two nights later.
NHL.com looks at one player from each team to keep an eye on as the tournament unfolds.
East Regional (Providence, R.I.O
Matthew Peca -- Sophomore, C, Quinnipiac
34 GP, 11 G -14 A - 25 Pts.
Tampa Bay Lighting / 2011, 7th Round
At 5-foot-9, Peca can hardly be described as intimidating, but there's little that gets him off of his game. His feet are always moving at a high rate -- with or without the puck -- making him dangerous every time he's on the ice. He's become a go-to player for the Bobcats, and was a major piece of their 21-game unbeaten streak this season. His ability to score, create plays and come up big in clutch situations (he has four game-winners this season) are big a reason why Quinnipiac earned the top seed in the East Regional.