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Gaudreau leads talented group of Calgary Flames prospects in Fall 2014 Top 20

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Johnny Gaudreau recorded 80 points in 40 games with Boston College in 2013-14. He brings his sublime offensive skill set to the Calgary Flames in 2014-15. (courtesy of Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Johnny Gaudreau recorded 80 points in 40 games with Boston College in 2013-14. He brings his sublime offensive skill set to the Calgary Flames in 2014-15. (courtesy of Rich Lam/Getty Images)

 

A new chapter begins for the Calgary Flames as general manager Brad Treliving enters his first full season managing the team. Overseeing his first draft with the Flames, Treliving added to the growing pool of talent with the selection of six quality prospects including Sam Bennett and Mason McDonald, who find themselves ranked for the first time among the Hockey’s Future Flames Top 20 prospects list. Read more »

Nurse once again Edmonton Oilers’ top prospect in Fall 2014 Top 20

by Kady Hobbins
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Darnell Nurse recorded 50 points in 64 games while also serving as captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Darnell Nurse recorded 50 points in 64 games while also serving as captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

The Fall 2014 edition of the Edmonton Oilers Top 20 remained relatively steadfast among the top five spots save for the addition of newcomer to the list and 2014 third-overall draft selection Leon Draisaitl. Once again, the Top 20 is dominated by defensive prospects but two strong power forwards, Mitch Moroz and Jujhar Khaira (both drafted in 2012), continue to turn heads as they make a push up the rankings and look toward having a strong training camp performance. Goaltender Laurent Brossoit is pulling away from the pack of Oilers goaltending prospects, proving himself the clear front-runner for a chance at an NHL job after a strong rookie professional season.

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Remparts’ Duclair hoping to represent Canada in front of hometown crowd

by Ken McKenna
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Anthony Duclair - Quebec Remparts

Photo: Quebec Remparts forward and New York Rangers prospect Anthony Duclair scored 50 goals and added 49 assists for the Remparts in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

It isn’t often that a player competing at the U20 World Junior Championship gets the chance to play those games in his hometown, but Quebec Remparts forward Anthony Duclair just might get that opportunity when the 2015 edition of that tournament begins in late December. Read more »

Merrill leads solid group of prospects in New Jersey Devils 2014 Fall Top 20

by John Iadevaia
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Jon Merrill - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Defenseman Jon Merrill had a strong rookie pro season in 2013-14, managing two goals and nine assists in 52 NHL games. (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Thanks to a few rookies stepping up last season, the New Jersey Devils feel comfortable to trust their prospects with bigger roles going forward. The change has already started on the blue line, but the transition with forwards might take a while.

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Pats’ Klimchuk hoping for NHL shot, but WJC berth could be his consolation prize

by Ken McKenna
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Morgan Klimchuk - Team WHL

Photo: Regina Pats forward and Calgary Flames prospect Morgan Klimchuk posted 30 goals and 44 assists in 57 games for the Pats in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

With appearances in both of Team WHL‘s matches versus Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series, Regina Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk was provided with a great opportunity to showcase his skills for Team Canada’s World Junior coaching staff. Read more »

Nylander leads emerging group in Toronto Maple Leafs 2014 Fall Top 20

by Ed Dermit
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Josh Leivo - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Josh Leivo is one of several Toronto Maple Leafs prospects who are expected to take the next step in their development. Leivo was a third round pick in 2011. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

 

 The Toronto Maple Leafs have featured a lot of high character, two-way forwards in their prospect pool over the years, but few with pure offensive instinct or elite skill. That is changing with the drafting of high-end talent William Nylander and the progress shown last season from the likes of Josh Leivo, Andreas Johnson, Carter Verhaeghe, and others.

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Chris Bigras leads group of new prospects in Colorado Avalanche Fall 2014 Top 20

by Chau Vo
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Chris Bigras was voted

Chris Bigras was voted “best defensive defenseman” by the OHL’s Western Conference coaches in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Two key Colorado Avalanche players did not stay prospects for long as both surpassed the 65-NHL-game mark in 2013-14. 18-year-old forward Nathan MacKinnon entered the league under the bright spotlights of being the 2013 NHL Draft’s first overall pick and did not disappoint. He ended the season as the Calder Trophy favorite and was unanimously voted as the trophy winner. Tyson Barrie also had a statement season when he cemented himself as a key figure on the Avalanche blue line, contributing offense in even-strength situations as well as on the power play.

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New York Islanders boast skill and depth at all positions in 2014 Fall Top 20

by Christian Litscher
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Ryan Strome - New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Ryan Strome is one of several New York Islanders prospects who will be competing for an NHL roster spot in the 2014-15 season. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The New York Islanders have a deep prospect pool and have now accumulated high potential players at every position. General manager Garth Snow has done a good job assembling the Islander’s pool with drafting and shrewd additions. Several of the team’s top prospects, including Ryan Strome, will be vying for regular NHL duties this upcoming season.

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Wallmark enjoying the journey to an NHL career

by Ken McKenna
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Lucas Wallmark - Team Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden forward and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Lucas Wallmark has represented his country in international competition the past four seasons, and is likely to make it five when he suits up for the 2015 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

Despite the fact that Carolina Hurricanes prospect Lucas Wallmark hails from Umea, a small but growing city in the otherwise sparsely populated northern Sweden region, competing at USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp in New York’s more rural and mountainous Adirondack region didn’t necessarily remind him of home. Read more »