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Accidental hockey career starting to pan out for Greyhounds’ Bunting

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Michael Bunting - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and 2014 prospect Michael Bunting returned to action this past weekend after missing time due to injury. Bunting notched three points in the two games he played in the 2013-14 season’s final weekend (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound forward Michael Bunting could be forgiven for thinking, “Why me?” back on Jan. 16th when he suffered an injury that has kept him out of the lineup for two months during his draft year. After all, he was bypassed in his first go-round with the OHL Priority Selection, and the self-professed late bloomer was just starting to open some eyes.

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Tampa Bay Lightning rich in NCAA and European talent

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Matthew Peca - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Quinnipiac forward Matthew Peca has been solid in his junior season of hockey, recording 12 goals and 25 assists through 38 games. The Lightning selected Peca in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have shown a willingness to draft from all corners of the hockey world, so it should be no surprise that the organization boasts a wealth of NCAA and European prospects.

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Petes’ Cornel hoping versatility will be his ticket to NHL Draft selection

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Eric Cornel - Peterborough Petes

Photo: Peterborough Petes forward and 2014 prospect Eric Cornel has played on a line with fellow 2014 prospect Nick Ritchie for much of the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

He may have started the season off the radar, but after a solid sophomore campaign with the Peterborough Petes, Eric Cornel has himself firmly affixed in the sights of NHL scouts.

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Demko focused on the job at hand as BC Eagles look to bounce back in NCAA tourney

by Richard Murray
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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko and his BC teammates were upset in the Hockey East Tournament this past weekend after dropping two of three games to Notre Dame (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Thatcher Demko has already won a Beanpot Championship this season, but he is far from done. The Boston College netminder enters the playoff season as the top-ranked North American goaltender in Central Scouting's midterm rankings and is ready to impress.

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Laughton and Morin lead Philadelphia Flyers Spring Top 20

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Scott Laughton - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Forward Scott Laughton has been one of the top scorers in the OHL all season and currently has 40 goals and 47 assists through 54 games. Laughton was selected 20th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers have several prospects who have demonstrated leadership, scoring ability, physicality, and good overall potential. The prospect talent is spread across the CHL, Europe, the AHL, and the NCAA.

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New Jersey Devils have deep and diverse group at NCAA level

by John Iadevaia
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Blake Coleman - New Jersey Devils

Photo: Forward Blake Coleman is wrapping up a breakout junior season with the Miami Redhawks, where he has posted 18 goals and seven assists through 25 games. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Under general manager Lou Lamoriello, the New Jersey Devils have always valued players from the NCAA ranks. They currently have a nice balance of forwards and defensemen at the college level, led Boston College freshman Steve Santini

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NCAA remains steady source of talent for Carolina Hurricanes

by Cory Lavalette
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Dennis Robertson - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Defenseman Dennis Robertson has recently completed his four-year career at Brown University. Robertson managed six goals and 11 assists as a senior. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes have six prospects playing collegiate hockey and two more in Europe. In recent years, the team has done well developing NCAA talent – particularly defensemen – but has had little success with overseas prospects playing and then making the leap to North America.

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Lehkonen heads short list of drafted wingers playing in Finland

by Tony Piscotta
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Artturi Lehkonen - Finland

Photo: KalPa Kuopio forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Artturi Lehkonen played on Finland’s top line at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Like Sweden's SHL and the Czech and Slovak Extraligas, Finland's Liiga has been hit hard by the defection of top young players to the KHL for bigger contracts.

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ISS Draft Rankings: Top 5 remains unchanged as Ekblad tightens grip on top ranking

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko has turned in a stellar freshman season between the pipes for the Eagles, a season that he and his teammates hope will end with a national championship (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

As the 2013-14 season progresses, the order at the top of the ISS Hockey 2014 NHL Draft rankings seems to have further solidified. Case in point: the top five prospects in the March rankings is the same order as the top five from the February rankings.

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