The top 5 NCAA draft prospects 

December, 1, 2011
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When NHL Central Scouting released its preliminary "Ones to Watch" list of the top North American skaters Nov. 17, just two NCAA freshmen -- Michigan forward Phillip Di Giuseppe and Wisconsin defenseman Jake McCabe -- were projected to go in the top two rounds.

That's no surprise; as we pointed out recently, the majority of future NHLers playing college hockey are drafted well before they ever hit campus.