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NCAA free agents have stretch-run potential

Monday, 03.12.2012 / 10:58 AM / On Campus

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

As league tournaments move toward championship weekends and teams prepare for the NCAA Tournament, a number of college squads already have finished their seasons.

Some of the student-athletes on those rosters will begin preparing for next season, while others can entertain the idea of joining the NHL team that holds their draft rights for the stretch run.

Other players, however, have more options: Since they were never drafted, they become unrestricted free agents that can sign with whatever team they please, and often become hot commodities. In some cases, these individuals get the chance to step right into an NHL lineup and can make an immediate impact.

Here is a list of 11 players who have shone at the NCAA level, and could be courted heavily once their team's season is over:

League playoffs pave path to 2012 NCAA Tournament

Wednesday, 03.07.2012 / 4:18 PM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com's Top 10

1. Boston College 25-10-1
2. Ferris State 22-9-5
3. Minnesota-Duluth 22-8-6
4. Michigan 21-11-4
5. Minnesota 24-12-1
6. Boston University 21-12-1
7. Mass.-Lowell 22-10-1
8. Union 20-7-7
9. Denver 21-11-4
10. Maine 21-13-2
Get out your scorecards.

At one end, the league champions for the regular season are Boston College in Hockey East, Air Force in Atlantic Hockey, Union in the ECACHL, Ferris State in the CCHA, and Minnesota in the WCHA.

Perched above all 57 teams at No. 1 overall are Jerry York's BC Eagles. 

At the other end, the season concluded last weekend for the Vermont Catamounts and Northeastern Huskies, who did not qualify for this weekend's Hockey East Tournament. The 10-team league is the only one in the NCAA to have non-qualifiers based on the final regular-season standings. 

It was also curtains in the CCHA for Alaska (Fairbanks), Northern Michigan, and Ohio State; in the Atlantic for AIC, Sacred Heart, Canisius, and Army; and in the ECACHL for Brown, St. Lawrence, Princeton, and Clarkson. These 11 lost a best-of-three last weekend in respective first-round league tournament play.

Denver, Nebraska-Omaha battle for playoff position

Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 12:16 PM / On Campus

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

Denver (19-11-4) at Nebraska-Omaha (14-14-6)
Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network


Denver: The Pioneers had an opportunity to lock up third place in the WCHA with a two-game set against North Dakota last weekend, but Friday's loss prevented that from happening. Denver was able to carry over a late flurry of goals into Saturday's tilt, which resulted in a 5-3 win, and first-round home ice in league postseason. With things still tight from top to bottom in the standings, the Pioneers need at least one win against Nebraska-Omaha -- whom they've already beaten twice this season -- to ensure they stay in third place. While the second seed is out of reach due to Minnesota-Duluth holding the tiebreaker, taking two wins in the final weekend will give Denver some definite momentum as it heads into the playoffs. The Pioneers are guaranteed a playoff spot, but there's always the danger of getting caught looking ahead to the Red Baron Final Five -- the WCHA's weekend postseason finale -- as well as the league's championship, the Broadmoor trophy.


Strong current in Big Rapids with Ferris State

Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 9:00 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

Chad Billins is second behind Jordie Johnston for the team lead in overall scoring with 29 points. (Photo: Ferris State University)
While some hockey fans might not know exactly where Ferris State University is located, they should start to learn.

The school, located in Big Rapids, Mich., saw its hockey team rise to the top spot in the NCAA rankings last week, and currently is third, behind Boston College and Minnesota-Duluth.

Add being a pretty good bet for only its second NCAA Tournament invitation since 2003 -- when the hockey team's most-recognized alum, Chris Kunitz, helped lead the Bulldogs to a second-round exit against Minnesota after taking down North Dakota -- and it all adds up to an exciting month ahead for 20-year coach Bob Daniels and his no-name roster, which features no NHL draftees and a load of players committed to staying all four years.

"I've been checking them up every weekend," Kunitz told NHL.com, "and they've got some great goaltending, good seniors, and things like that."


UMass-Lowell on a roll as tournament nears

Thursday, 02.23.2012 / 12:31 PM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

LOWELL, Mass. -- With four regular season games left until the Hockey East playoffs -- and four weeks until the 16-team NCAA tournament is announced -- pencil in Massachusetts-Lowell as one of those 16 for the first time since 1996 when Dwayne Roloson patrolled the River Hawks pipes. 

At 20-9-0 overall, 15-8-0 in league play, and tied for second with Michigan in the decisive Pairwise power rankings behind Boston College, Lowell is also a scant one point behind BC in the Hockey East standings, ahead of Boston University and Maine. 

All good for No. 6 in the nation, the program's highest rank this deep into any season in team history.

The River Hawks were 5-25-4 last season -- the worst showing in program history.


Terriers continue push for first in Hockey East

Thursday, 02.23.2012 / 12:00 PM / On Campus

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

Boston University (18-11-1) at Vermont (6-23-1)
Friday, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network


Boston University: Coming down the home stretch in Hockey East, the Terriers are looking to climb atop the league standings. They sit in third, two points out of first place with four games to go -- including two at Vermont. Coming into this weekend, BU has swept the season series with New Hampshire, and has taken wins from Maine, Denver, Northeastern, and Merrimack. While the Terriers won two of three against Boston College in Hockey East play, losing the Beanpot championship game in OT to their rivals has obviously stung, as did a split with upstart Lowell last weekend. This is a team that has thrived in the face of distractions -- see Corey Trivino and Charlie Coyle early in the season -- and they'll have to do so again with Max NiCastro's arrest and subsequent suspension earlier this week.


North Dakota, Denver look to boost WCHA standing

Thursday, 02.23.2012 / 11:33 AM / On Campus

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

North Dakota (17-11-3) at Denver (15-9-4)
Friday, 10:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network


North Dakota: It was an up-and-down first half for North Dakota, as the team followed up a second-place finish at the Ice Breaker tournament with a split against Maine. They suffered weekend sweeps at the hands of Wisconsin and Minnesota, but exacted their own double-victories over Colorado College and Alaska-Anchorage. Splits with St. Cloud State, Bemidji State, Nebraska-Omaha, and a win and tie vs. Harvard finished out the first half of the season. It's well-known that Dave Hakstol's teams tend to run things in the second half of the season, and it's no different this time around. Since the calendar flipped to 2012, North Dakota has gone 7-2-1, splitting with the Gophers, Huskies, and Minnesota-Duluth, while getting a sweep of their own against the Badgers. Last weekend, they took a hard-fought three points from Michigan Tech in a big goalie duel. Should they take all four points from the table against Denver, they'll jump over the Pioneers in the standings, possibly as high as third, and within striking distance of the top two spots in the WCHA.

College Hockey names Ewell interim exec. director

Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 5:05 PM / On Campus


The Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) today announced that Nate Ewell has been appointed to the position of interim Executive Director of College Hockey, Inc. (CHI).

"We are extremely pleased to announce Nate's promotion to his new position knowing that he is an experienced professional who is highly regarded at both the pro and collegiate levels of hockey," HCA President Steve Hagwell said. "CHI will be well served by his expertise in the media, communications, marketing and promotional creativity."

Yale, Dartmouth look to make playoff push

Wednesday, 02.15.2012 / 4:45 PM / On Campus

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

Yale (10-13-1) vs. Dartmouth (9-14-4)
Friday Feb.17, 7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network


Yale: The Bulldogs opened the season strong, taking home the title at the Ivy Shootout to open things up, and an early four-game win streak made it look like business as usual for Yale. However, the ECAC has been unusually strong from top to bottom, and the Bulldogs have had trouble adapting. They've dropped back-to-back games four times this season, including four straight losses in mid-January, and find themselves mired in a tie for eighth place with Dartmouth. With four games remaining -- three against teams they've already beaten, including the Big Green, Princeton, and Quinnipiac -- they can still climb as high as third, but their work is cut out for them. If they can rediscover the form that saw them take down Union and Colgate amidst their early winning ways, the final stretch could set the Bulldogs up for a run.


NCAA PRO-file with Kevin Bieksa

Wednesday, 02.15.2012 / 3:40 PM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks came within one win last season of extending Bowling Green lore on the NHL stage. (Photo: Bowling Green University)
"No shortage of notable Bowling Green University alums on the NHL sheet.
Ken Morrow of the Islanders and 1980 Olympic-gold fame, Brian MacLellan (Calgary), and Greg De Vries and Rob Blake (Colorado) lead the list."

All have their names etched on the Stanley Cup as a player -- Morrow four times in the early 1980s.

Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma also achieved the distinction -- as a coach. (See sidebar.)

Smooth-skating defenseman Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks came within one win last season of extending Bowling Green lore on the NHL stage of entertainment. 
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