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The Harvard freshman has been key in the Crimson's run

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Craig Conroy isn't surprised anymore.

Every time he watches Harvard defenceman Adam Fox, he comes away even more impressed but after witnessing the 19-year-old continuously elevate his game throughout the year, it's par for the course to see the freshman excel in the toughest of situations.

Such was the case in March, when Fox played a key role in the Crimson's run to the Frozen Four.

"He expects to be there and he expects to win. He's been on all of these big stages as a young guy and he's always had success," Conroy told

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The rookie defenceman was Adirondack's most productive player in February

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

No matter where he is on the ice, you can't miss Stepan Falkovsky.

Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing in at 224-lb, the 20-year-old defenceman is an imposing figure on the ice, towering over teammates and opponents alike.

In the month of February, however, Falkovsky's stature was far from the first thing you noticed when he hit the ice.

His offensive production immediately caught your attention.

The Minsk, Belarus product lead the ECHL's Adirondack Thunder in scoring last month, putting up 12 goals and 15 points in 13 games.

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Mark Jankowski has quickly become one of the Stockton Heat's most dependable forwards

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

January was just Mark Jankowski's fourth month of professional hockey but the pivot has solidified himself as one of the Stockton Heat's most reliable forwards, capping off the month as the team's leading scorer.

With 13 goals and 29 points, which ranks him seventh amongst all American Hockey League rookies, Jankowski has been providing plenty of offence for the Heat but his stats are only a part of the story according to Calgary Flames assistant general manager Brad Pascall.

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Prospect Of The Month - Tyler Parsons

The netminder put forth strong performances in the OHL and at the WJC in December

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

Matthew Tkachuk isn't surprised to see Tyler Parsons in the midst of another strong season.

After all, he watched the goaltender make plenty of 10-bell saves during their time together with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League.

During the Knights incredible 2015-16 run, they claimed the OHL championship on the back of Parsons' masterful play. In the regular season, he pieced together a 37-9-3 record with a 2.33 GAA, .921 save percentage and four shutouts. In the playoffs, he went on a 16-1-1 run with a 2.15 GAA, .925 save percentage and one shutout.

When London captured the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup, he went 4-0-0 with a stellar 1.78 GAA and a .942 save percentage.

"With our team last year, we found ourselves - when we went on that good run at the end - we'd be up 6-0, 6-1, 5-0 in games and we'd be kind of lackadaisical, might give up a couple breakaways, a couple backdoor plays and he would never give up. He'd always be there to make those saves," Tkachuk told

"That shows how focused he is during games. It doesn't matter what the score is, he's going to be there for you. He doesn't give up, ever."

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Prospect Of The Month - Adam Fox

The Harvard defenceman averaged over a point per game in November

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

Craig Conroy knows what it is like to advance throughout your hockey career and enter into a rookie season, unsure of what awaits you at that level.

He's been there, done that.

From his time with Clarkson College, to making his American Hockey League debut with the Fredericton Canadiens and skating in his first NHL game with the Montreal Canadiens, he has a clear understanding of what rookies go through on and off the ice.

So, watching Harvard defenceman Adam Fox burst onto the scene in the NCAA's ECAC conference, he understands exactly what kind of achievement it is to be so dominant as a true freshman.

"To be able to go in and be over a point a game already, as a defenceman … wow," Conroy told "He has 11 points in nine games, which is pretty amazing. And he has points in seven of those nine games. He's consistent.

"He's playing his game, already. There's no feeling out period, no nervousness."

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Prospect Of The Month - Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips averaged a point-per-game in the month of October

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

When the Calgary Flames assigned Matthew Phillips to the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League in September, they sent him off with a few objectives.

"'You need to play at a high pace, get stronger and be a real leader on the team - help the team win.' That's what the message was going down," assistant general manager Craig Conroy told

"We just want his game to evolve and keep growing - not to put too much pressure on himself but help the team win."

A month into the 2016-17 season and it is clear the message was received.

The 18-year-old is off to scorching start with the Royals, scoring eight goals and 15 points through 15 games in October.

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