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NHL Playoffs Are Set

There's nothing quite like the regular-season grind of the National Hockey League. Now, as they say, the real season starts. Hopefully your favorite team made it. If not, there's still some great hockey for you to digest in the coming weeks.

The 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff field is set. Hear what the experts have to say.

Top 10 Americans To Watch in 2011-2012: Rocco Grimaldi

Rocco Grimaldi, University of North Dakota

Position: Forward
Height: 5-6
Weight: 165
Hometown: Rossmoor, Calif.

Last season: Scored 73 points (39 goals, 34 assists) in 58 games for the U.S. National U18 Team.

Over the summer: Selected in the second round (33rd overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

What’s the lowdown? Already dubbed WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year in both the media and coaches polls, all eyes will be on Rocco Grimaldi as he enters his freshman year at the University of North Dakota.

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