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Prospect awards show more talent is on verge of NHL for Nashville Predators

by Peter Prohaska
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Marek Mazanec - Nashville Predators

Photo: Goaltender Marek Mazanec made his North American debut in 2013-14, earning 25 NHL starts due to injuries in Nashville as well as 31 starts in AHL Milwaukee (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon SMI)

Spring 2014 brought about the end of the first phase in Nashville's hockey evolution. The always-appreciated Barry Trotz makes way for unceremoniously-dumped Peter Laviolette, a coach who will be expected to make even more of this always promising team.

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Dallas Stars prospect awards feature depth and skill across the system

by Mike Farkas
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Patrik Nemeth - Dallas Stars

Photo: Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, who made his NHL debut this season, won the Breakout Prospect for 2014-15 award for the Dallas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

The third edition of the Dallas Stars prospect awards highlights the terrific depth and high-end skill that is housed by the organization. As evidenced below, the spoils of prior drafts have created a proliferation of talent at all positions.

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Beyond Tomorrow: Connor steps into the spotlight after a superb U18 WJC showing

by Chau Vo
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Kyle Connor - Youngstown Phantoms

Photo: Youngstown Phantoms forward and 2015 prospect Kyle Connor was named to the 2013-14 All-USHL First Team after finishing second overall in scoring with 74 points (courtesy of Rob Bindler)

The state of Michigan may be famous for being the birthplace of the automotive industry, but aside from cars, the state also produces many of the top hockey players in the world. When the Detroit Red Wings began play in 1926, it helped nudge a budding grassroots hockey movement in the right direction.

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Anaheim Ducks prospect awards showcase balance, talent of prospect pool

by Chris Phifer
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Frederik Andersen - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Originally called up to Anaheim due to injuries, Frederik Andersen won 20 games in 28 appearances as an NHL rookie in 2013-14 (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon SMI)

The Anaheim Ducks organization enjoyed success not only at the NHL level, but nearly across the board in terms of their prospects as well. While most predicted the Ducks would make the playoffs, few could have expected a 116-point season to finish atop the Western Conference.

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Ottawa Senators prospects Lazar, Harpur saw long and fruitful postseasons

by Peter Morrow
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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward Curtis Lazar helped the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 2014 Memorial Cup Championship. Lazar was also a standout for the Oil Kings in the WHL Playoffs, posting 10 goals and 12 assists in 21 games. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

While the Ottawa Senators failed to qualify for the postseason, most of the organization's prospects made playoff appearances this spring. CHL prospects Ben Harpur and Curtis Lazar had particularly noteworthy postseasons as they helped their respective teams to the 2014 Memorial Cup.

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2014 NHL Combine Video: Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting

by Ken McKenna
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2014 NHL Combine - Dan Marr - NHL Central Scouting

Photo: Director Of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr has presided over the past three NHL Combines after being named to his current position in October of 2011 (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

If one were seeking an informed opinion on the prospects available for the 2014 NHL Draft, you could certainly not find a much more well-informed individual than the Director of NHL Central Scouting, Dan Marr.

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CHL prospects take home majority of Winnipeg Jets prospect awards

by Charlie Beattie
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Eric Comrie - Tri-City Americans

Photo: Goaltender Eric Comrie put together his healthiest season in the WHL in 2013-14 and maintained a .925 save percentage in 60 appearances for Tri-City (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 
The Jets’ prospect pool underwent a turnover when top prospects Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba graduated, removing some of the blue-chip talent from the current crop. The cupboard is far from bare, however, as the next wave of Winnipeg Jets prospects thrived in their current locations, highlighting the overall depth of the system.

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Ryan Spooner finished 2013-14 season with strong postseason performance

by Richard Murray
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Ryan Spooner - Boston Bruins

Photo: Forward Ryan Spooner led the Providence Bruins in postseason scoring with six goals and nine assists through 12 games. (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

Although none of the Boston Bruins prospects won a championship in their respective leagues, many of them grew a lot over the season and playoffs. Ryan Spooner led the AHL playoff-scoring race through the first two rounds with 15 points, and Alexander Khokhlachev was only one-point behind Spooner.

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Anthony Mantha’s playoff performance most notable among Detroit Red Wings prospects

by Adam Schnepp
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Anthony Mantha - Val d'Or Foreurs

Photo: Val d’Or winger Anthony Mantha registered 24 goals and 38 points during the QMJHL playoffs, leading the Foreurs to the President’s Cup and a Memorial Cup berth (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

It seemed as though Detroit's much lauded playoff streak would come to an end in 2013-14 until a mid-season influx of young talent bolstered the ranks and reinvigorated a floundering Detroit Red Wings team. Prospects such as Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco were initially called up to fill in for injured NHL players, but they performed at such a high level that they never relinquished their jobs.

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