Ranking the Top 10 NHL Prospects at the NCAA Hockey Regionals

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Ranking the Top 10 NHL Prospects at the NCAA Hockey Regionals
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There were a total of 90 rostered players who have been drafted by an NHL team on one of the 16 teams playing in this past weekend's NCAA Men's Hockey regional action. Precisely one-sixth of those NHL draftees are bound for the Frozen Four at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center a week from Thursday.

Quinnipiac, St. Cloud State, UMass-Lowell and Yale each garnered a passport to the Penguins' domain with the jutting help of at least one player currently filed under an NHL prospects scroll. One player bound for the national semifinals remains a farmhand for the host professional franchise while two more were Pittsburgh property until they were involved in a noteworthy deal shortly prior to the regionals.

For the moment, though, these aspirants are among those successfully multi-tasking between making an impression on their hopeful employers and boosting their schools to new positions on the Division I hockey landscape. In addition, one need not forget those who stand out as members of a regional runner-up who, by their individual effort, deserved a better fate.

With the Frozen Four "bye week" barely underway and a little time to slow down and pick up the ice chips, here is a recap of the NCAA tournament's 10 best first- and second-round performances by NHL draft choices.

Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics and player information for this report were found via collegehockeystats.net

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