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Sting’s DeAngelo focused on team goals rather than NHL Draft

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Anthony DeAngelo - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2014 prospect Anthony DeAngelo is currently the top offensive defenseman in the OHL, having produced 60 points in 41 games so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There may be a measure of impatience in how Sarnia Sting blueliner Anthony DeAngelo approaches his hockey career, but it certainly doesn’t have him running to see where the scouts have him on their rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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AHL Western Conference notebook, January, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Spencer Abbott - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Spencer Abbott is currently ranked fifth in scoring in the AHL with 42 points in 40 games (courtesy of David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

With the American Hockey League season passing the midway point, a great deal of young prospects have already made some noise with their respective NHL clubs while others continue to adjust to the pro-style game.

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Minnesota Wild 2009 draft yielding NHL results this season

by Peter Prohaska
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Darcy Kuemper - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper, a fifth round selection by Minnesota in 2009, has shown well in the NHL when called upon due to injuries in the Wild crease (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

The 2009 NHL Draft was the first for Chuck Fletcher as the Wild's second General Manager. From our vantage point today, Wild's team performed admirably in commencing the tough work of resetting a franchise whose fortunes had been dimmed early on by a combination of myopia and bad luck at the draft board.

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Two prospects taken in 2009 Draft remain with Edmonton Oilers

by Kady Hobbins
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Anton Lander - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Anton Lander, Oklahoma City Barons captain and part-time Oiler, is one of two players remaining from Edmonton’s 2009 draft clas (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

As we look back at the 2009 NHL Draft, there are a few familiar names that are still active in the Oilers prospect system, but the majority have moved on from their affiliation with Edmonton.

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2009 NHL Draft marked beginning of defensive rebuild for Pittsburgh Penguins

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Simon Despres - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Defenseman Simon Despres was the 30th overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft. Despres has split the 2013-14 season between the NHL and AHL. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The 2009 NHL off-season was one of the most important in Pittsburgh Penguins history as it marked their first Stanley Cup parade in over 15 years. The off-season also marked a major transition period for the Penguins as General Manager Ray Shero and his management team used the opportunity to rebuild the organization's then-barren defensive pool.

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Deep group of prospects making impact at pro level for Dallas Stars

by Mike Farkas
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Jamie Oleksiak - Dallas Stars

Photo: Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, who has 23 career NHL games on his resume, has spent most of the 2013-14 season with Texas in the AHL (courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With excellent scouting and drafting, the Stars have had a lot of inexperienced pros force their way into the Texas Stars lineup in recent years. With an experienced coach leading the charge, the Stars have been rather successful despite the youth.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlights Phoenix Coyotes class of 2009

by Pat Paeplow
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Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Phoenix Coyotes

Photo: Selected sixth overall in 2009, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has developed into a top-pairing defenseman and ice-time leader for the Coyotes (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

The Phoenix Coyotes changed in the 2009 offseason. Before, they were a mediocre, punch line of a club that could always be found toward the bottom of the standings. After, they were playoff fixtures, culminating in a deep run to the Western Conference Finals in 2011-12.

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Los Angeles Kings turned focus to forwards in 2009 NHL Draft

by Jason Lewis
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Kyle Clifford - Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Winger Kyle Clifford, selected 35th overall in 2009, has been a fixture in the Kings lineup since breaking into the NHL in 2010-11 (courtesy of Adam Davis/Icon SMI)

After the 2006, 2007, and 2008 drafts yielded core members of the Kings future Stanley Cup run, the 2009 draft also yielded several key players.

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Carolina Hurricanes used 2009 draft to bolster NHL lineup

by Cory Lavalette
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Rasmus Rissanen - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Defenseman Rasmus Rissanen is the only member of Carolina’s 2009 draft class who is still with the Hurricanes organization. Rissanen was selected in the 6th round of the 2009 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jamie Kellner/HF)

In the summer of 2009, the Carolina Hurricanes were coming off a surprising run to the Eastern Conference finals, meaning the team would choose near the bottom of the draft.

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