Two of the selections from the first round of the 2012 NHL entry draft will see action at TD Garden this Friday in the Hockey East semifinals. Two other participants were on the U.S. 20-and-under team that won the World Junior tournament in January.
Game 1 will pit the top-seeded UMass-Lowell against Providence College in a rematch of their regular-season finale, a game that essentially decided the final complexion of the standings. Boston College and Boston University will follow in another installment of the greatest rivalry in collegiate sports and likely the last installment with Jack Parker behind the BU Terriers bench.
In all, the four semifinalists combine for 23 players currently in an NHL team's prospects stable. The 10 draftees most likely to make ripples in the tournament, and to keep watching for beyond this weekend, are as follows.
Unless otherwise indicated, all information for this report was found via hockeyeastonline.com