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