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2014 Memorial Cup: Draft riser Pollock more focused on winning championship for Oil Kings

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Brett Pollock - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings prospect and 2014 prospect Brett Pollock was an offensive force for the Oil Kings in their run to the 2014 WHL Championship, scoring 19 points in 21 playoff games (courtesy of CHL Images)

Edmonton Oil Kings’ center Brett Pollock has rocketed up the draft charts in half a season — and he’s hoping that getting going in this year’s MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament will help him gain even more notice.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Oil Kings’ Lazar hoping whirlwind season ends with CHL championship

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Curtis Lazar - Edmonton Oil Kings; Nikita Zadorov - London Knights

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar, shown here battling the London Knights’ Nikita Zadorov at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup, finished ninth in the WHL in goals this season with 41 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

It’s been a busy year for Edmonton Oil Kings’ forward Curtis Lazar — drafted 17th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft, a key player on Canada’s U20 World Junior Championship entry, and now a second go-round in the Memorial Cup. And it’s safe to say the Senators are pleased with his progress — at least, that’s what he thinks their actions mean.

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Monahan playing role of understudy at World Championship after strong rookie season

by Radoslav Vavrina
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Sean Monahan - Calgary Flames

Photo: Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan, shown here scoring a shootout goal against the Los Angeles Kings’ Jonathan Quick, was second in goals for the Flames in 2013-14, behind Mike Cammalleri (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Fatigue is something you can expect in any hockey player at the close of a hockey season. In an Olympic year, the wearinenss is even more visible than after any other campaign, resulting in many stars sitting out the IIHF World Championship tournament contested in May of each year.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Knights’ Yakimowicz drawing some attention from NHL scouts

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C.J. Yakimowicz - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2014 prospect C.J. Yakimowicz’s first OHL game was the Knights outdoor game on December 29th, 2013 at Detroit’s Comerica Park (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

C.J. Yakimowicz may have started the year off the radar, but a mid-season decision to join the OHL’s London Knights has found him squarely on the NHL Draft radar and he’s looking forward to making a big impression.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Knights’ Dvorak trying to make most of second chance

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Christian Dvorak - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and 2014 prospect Christian Dvorak and his Knights’ teammates haven’t been able to capitalize on their home ice advantage at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

London Knights’ forward Christian Dvorak has received that elusive second chance at making a first impression on NHL Draft gurus, returning sooner than expected from an ACL injury to suit up for the Knights at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

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Duclair, Graves lead New York Rangers prospect awards

by Leslie Treff
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Ryan Graves - New York Rangers

Photo: Defenseman Ryan Graves had a strong third year of junior hockey, split between the Charlottetown Islanders and Val d’Or Foreurs. Graves was selected by the New York Rangers in the 4th round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

When the New York Rangers drafted Anthony Duclair in the third round of the draft last summer, they were hoping that the young Quebec Remparts left wing would bounce back from a mediocre sophomore season and become a really good prospect. But even the most optimistic scout could not have predicted how successful Duclair would be in his 2013-14 season.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Storm raining goals down on opponents in London

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Edgars Kulda - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and 2014 prospect Edgars Kulda is leading the Oil Kings in scoring so far at the 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup Tournament, posting two goals and one assists in three games (courtesy of CHL Images)

It was a long-weekend in Canada, but you could forgive the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup host London Knights if they didn’t feel in the mood for celebrating. In fact, a noted lack of fireworks so far has left London with a very real risk of being relegated to the role of gracious host as opposed to conquering heroes in front of their 8,900-plus fans at the Budweiser Gardens.

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Skill and depth on display in Buffalo Sabres prospect awards

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Nick Baptiste - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Forward Nick Baptiste was one among the Buffalo Sabres’ most improved prospects in 2013-14. Baptiste managed 89 points in 65 OHL games this past season, more than his previous two junior seasons combined. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

If the decline of the Buffalo Sabres had to reach its darkest depths before progressing upwards, the 2013-14 season was certainly the franchise's lowest point. At various points throughout the season, the team was in a state of flux, either in the front office, behind the bench, or on the ice.

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Bright future apparent after strong 2013-14 season for Calgary Flames prospects

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Emile Poirier - Gatineau Olympiques

Photo: Emile Poirier, Calgary’s 22nd overall pick in 2013, led Gatineau in goals (43) and points (87) in 2013-14 before debuting in the AHL with Abbotsford (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

The 2013-14 season provided a bright glimpse of what the future holds for the Calgary Flames. With the emerging amount of talent in the pipeline, the Flames are getting stronger in their development.

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Team Rankings: Deep and varied prospect pool vaults Buffalo Sabres to top spot

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Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen leads a deep group of Buffalo Sabres prospects (courtesy of Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

Hockey's Future presents the top group of the 2014 Spring NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked by the overall quality of their prospect pool as voted on by the HF staff. For reference, the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall rankings. Each team's Fall ranking is listed in parenthesis next to their current ranking.

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