In the pros: J. Schwartz, Prosser, Crabb, Sterling, Testwuide fight video

ProsserFormer Tiger Jaden Schwartz is making a good impression on Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

He is one of a number of young stars according to NHL.com who may benefit from their  time in the AHL while veterans played in the ECHL, overseas or tried to stay in game shape on their own.

Nate Prosser and Justin Falk look ready to be the Wild’s third defensive pair. Brian Connelly is injured.

Joey Crabb took part in this Q&A.

Brett Sterling scored a natural hat trick in just over eight minutes during the first period of a 3-1 win for AHL Chicago on Friday night.

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Sunday reading: NCAA bracket, J. Schwartz (first NHL goal video), Hall, M. Stuart, Guentzel

Minnesota Wild's Nate Prosser, left, and Carolina Hurricanes' Brandon Sutter exchange punches during a fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 17, 2012, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Here’s the NCAA bracket in pdf format so you may print it out.

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz scored his first NHL goal on his first shot in his NHL (also pro) debut for St. Louis. Here’s video of the eventual game-winning goal. Wow. Congratulations to him. The win clinches a playoff berth for the Blues.

Tim Hall recorded two assists in Alaska’a 3-1 road win over Colorado to clinch the ECHL Mountain Division title.

NEW YORK (AP)Winnipeg Jets defenseman Mark Stuart was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Saturday for his hit on Washington forward Marcus Johansson on Friday night. No penalty was called on the play in the second period of the Jets’ 3-2 victory over the Capitals.

Gabe Guentzel did not make his pro debut Saturday as hoped. His next chance is Wednesday at home against Rochester, which includies Colin Stuart.

More Wednesday reading: In the pros, Wisconsin news

Former Tiger Trevor Frischmon got into a fight (video) over the weekend. Here’s a feature on Nate Prosser. Congrats to him and his wife Brittani, who are expecting their first child this August.

Brian McMillin picked up an assist in a big win for the CHL’s Allen Americans.

Air Force is relying on balanced scoring during its eight-game unbeaten streak.

These two brothers have garnered CC’s attention.

Here’s a followup on Wisconsin goalie Kirk Daubenspeck and his return from an accident that nearly killed him a year ago.

Here’s more on the Big 10, WCHA and National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s search for a postseason tournament home, the third big task new commissioner Jim Scherr is handling.

Wisconsin bids farewell to its Bob Johnson practice facility. I’d suggest they name the new practice facility replacing it in Badger Bob’s honor soon.

The WCHA announced its players of the week.

Wednesday reading: WCHA departures; Minnesota alumni gathering; Connelly sets record; Stuart fight video

It was a tough day at the office for former Tiger Mark Stuart against Boston enforcer Shawn Thornton on Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Bruins. By the way, Boston media report they're friends. Video link is below.

Alaska-Anchorage leading scorer Mickey Spencer has left the Seawolves.

Cam Reid left St. Cloud State on Monday to play in major juniors.

Here’s the NHL predraft midseason rankings.

CC’s Jan. 21 road game at Minnesota will be broadcast in Canada by Fox International Networks on SCORE TV, along with other WCHA games, one Final Five semifinal and the title game.

CC alumni will have a gathering at Minnesota.  The deadline to sign up is Jan. 16.

Former Tiger Brian Connelly set an AHL Rockford career franchise record for assists (101). Can a promotion to the Blackhawks be that far away?

Jack Hillen was a healthy scratch for Tuesday’s game at Colorado. That was unfortunate for any CC fans hoping to see him in Denver.

Now that he’s been moved up to Toronto’s second line, Joey Crabb has a new nickname (toward end of column).

The Denver Post’s Terry Frei talks to Jaden Schwartz about the world junior championships.