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Vancouver Canucks added organizational depth at 2009 NHL Draft

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Jordan Schroeder - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Center Jordan Schroeder, selected 22nd overall in 2009, recently returned to the Canucks lineup after recovering from an ankle injury (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

Things were certainly looking up in Vancouver during the 2008-09 campaign, especially considering the note they ended the 2007-08 season with. After failing to make the playoffs, the Canucks bounced back to secure the third seed in the Western Conference.

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Five NCAA players to watch for the 2014 NHL Draft

by DJ Powers
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Zach Nagelvoort - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan goaltender and 2014 prospect Zach Nagelvoort has made the most of the starting opportunity provided as the result of an injury to sophomore Steve Racine (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

2014 is shaping up to be a good draft year for current collegians. There are a number of excellent players, particularly on defense, that could be selected at this year’s NHL Draft. Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at five of those draft prospects from the NCAA, all of whom appear on Central Scouting’s midterm rankings. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of January 31st.

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Philadelphia Flyers pro prospects adapting to new defensive systems

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Jason Akeson - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Forward Jason Akeson currently leads the Adirondack Phantoms with 16 goals and 42 points through 45 games. Akeson was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to an NHL deal in 2011. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

The Adirondack Phantoms have had a rough couple of seasons in the AHL recently, but a fresh injection of youth and sophomore head coach Terry Murray are trying to right the ship. With Murray putting a heavy emphasis on defense-first hockey, the Phantoms are one of the best defensive teams in the AHL.

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HF Prospect of the Month for January, 2014

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Eric Comrie - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Goaltender Eric Comrie is the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Month for January after posting an 8-2-0-1 record and 1.35 goals against average. Comrie was selected in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Tri-City Americans goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Eric Comrie is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for January. Comrie is coming off a dominant month of hockey in January, where he went 8-2-0-1 in 11 appearances while allowing only 15 goals.

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Little left in system from Calgary Flames 2009 NHL Draft class

by Brian Jung
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Joni Ortio - Team Finland

Photos: Goaltender Joni Ortio, a sixth round selection in 2009, represented Finland in the Euro Hockey Tour (pictured) and IIHF Men’s World Championships in 2013 (courtesy of RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)

The summer of 2009 marked the beginning of the end to the Sutter era in Calgary. Then Flames GM Darryl Sutter had a veteran team that was running out of time to return to the Stanley Cup Finals as they did in 2004.

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2009 NHL Draft proved to be fruitful for Ottawa Senators

by Peter Morrow
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Photo: Selected ninth overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, defenseman Jared Cowen has established himself as a tough, two-way defenseman in the NHL. (courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

The 2008-09 NHL season ended with the Ottawa Senators missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996. The team was in decline, but the 2009 NHL Draft proved to be a fruitful one in what became a relatively quick and successful rebuild. General manager Bryan Murray's staff made quality selections, covering each positional area of the ice.

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NCAA prospects notebook for January, 2014

by DJ Powers
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Ryan Dzingel - Ohio State University

Photo: Ohio State Buckeyes forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Ryan Dzingel had a hot hand in January, posting 14 points in eight games during that month (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

The first month of 2014 featured a little bit of everything involving prospects around NCAA hockey. Hockey’s Future looks back at the notable performances and news items during from that month. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of February 1st.

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St. Louis Blues had a draft to forget in 2009

by Suraj Sukumar
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David Rundblad - St. Louis Blues (2009 NHL Draft)

Photo: David Rundblad, selected 12th overall, is the lone NHL player among the St. Louis 2009 draft class. The Swedish defenseman, currently with Phoenix, was traded to Ottawa in the summer of 2010 for the first round pick used to draft Vladimir Tarasenko (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

During most NHL drafts, the St. Louis Blues have been known to capitalize on their draft picks, whether they have a first or not. The 2009 draft proved to be a different story for the Blues, as they were unable to pick worthwhile players with any of their six draft choices.

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Uncertainty surrounds small crop of Russian defensive prospects in KHL

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Rushan Rafikov - Team Russia

Photo: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect Rushan Rafikov took part in the Subway Super Series with Team Russia and was a late cut from Russia’s 2014 World Junior squad (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

In spite of producing great defensemen like Sergei Gonchar, Vyacheslav Fetisov, and Sergei Zubov, Russia has a better reputation for developing forwards. This is well reflected in the NHL prospect situation in the KHL, where there are a number of intriguing offensive prospects, but only a few defenders with solid NHL potential.

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Boston College, Northeastern to meet in Beanpot final

by Richard Murray
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Thatcher Demko - Boston College - 2014 Beanpot Tournament - Semifinals

Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko stops a shot by Boston University forward Nick Roberto in Monday’s Beanpot Tournament semi-final game at TD Garden in Boston, MA (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 62nd annual Beanpot Tournament began on Monday, with four teams battling it out to see which schools would meet in next week's final. The first game featured Northeastern and Harvard, while Boston College and Boston University renewed their heated rivalry in the day's second game.

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