NHL: How Recent College Signings Will Help Their Pro Teams

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NHL: How Recent College Signings Will Help Their Pro Teams
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Jason Zucker (16) made the jump from Denver (WCHA) to the Minnesota Wild

Now that the 2011-12 college hockey season has ended, look for even more under and upperclassmen alike to be jumping ship to the professional ranks in the weeks and months to come.

Some will be free agents, while others will take advantage of the fact that they were previously drafted by an NHL organization. Some will have exhausted their college eligibility altogether; others will forgo up to three years of college to sign their first pro contract.

Here's a list of 10 now-former NCAA skaters who could help their NHL teams in the near future—if they haven't already.

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