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Dallas Stars Top 20 prospects provide NHL options

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Dallas Stars Top 20 prospects provide NHL options

Photo: Dallas Stars top prospect Julius Honka had the rare experience of playing in the AHL as a teenager (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

Movement abounds in the newest Dallas Stars Top 20 list. The acquisitions of Mattias Backman, Mattias Janmark and, most recently, Stephen Johns all make their respective impacts while two 2015 draft picks make the list as well. Meanwhile, three defensemen graduate the prospects list for regular NHL duty: John Klingberg, Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka. The Stars also bid adieu to Ludwig Karlsson and 2009 top ten pick Scott Glennie, neither of whom received a qualifying offer.

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Ottawa Senators prospects list flush with surprising additions and improvement

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Ottawa Senators prospects list flush with surprising additions and improvement

Photo: The latest speedster defenceman in Ottawa’s system, Thomas Chabot scored 41 points in 66 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Thanks to multiple graduations, rich development and a bountiful turn at the draft table, the Ottawa Senators top 20 list features a number of fresh faces. And the organization’s future is suddenly ripe with potential, despite seeming hopeless and bleak just six months ago. Read more »

Vancouver Canucks Preseason Top 20 shows new patience with prospects

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Vancouver Canucks Preseason Top 20 shows new patience with prospects

Photo: Vancouver’s top prospect Jake Virtanen has an abundance of physical tools but needs to refine his mental game to reach his full potential (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Drafting and developing have not been strong suits for the Vancouver Canucks over the last few years. With Jim Benning and Trevor Linden in charge there seems to be efforts being made to rectify years of poor drafting and developing of their own players, though certain moves have not come without controversy.

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Top 20 Florida Panthers prospects features unexpected talent

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Top 20 Florida Panthers prospects features unexpected talent

Photo: Michael Matheson made his professional debut with the San Antonio Rampage after his 2014-15 season with Boston College ended, scoring two assists in five games. (Courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

Outside of a few new draftees and signings, there’s little change amongst the top 20 prospects for the Florida Panthers. First round pick Lawson Crouse is a notable and unexpected addition, while Vincent Trocheck officially graduated from his prospect status last season, having now played in 70 career games. Read more »

2015-16 KHL Prospect Preview: Buchnevich, Samsonov among notable NHL draftees in Russia

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2015-16 KHL Prospect Preview: Buchnevich, Samsonov among notable NHL draftees in Russia

Photo: Severstal Cherepovets forward and New York Rangers prospect Pavel Buchnevich produced 13 goals and 30 points in 48 KHL games in 2014-15 (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The eighth KHL season has begun as this year, the league’s first game – the Opening Cup game between SKA St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow – took place on August 24th. The reason for the early start is that the 2016 IIHF World Championship will be held in Russia, and therefore the league will need to finish a bit earlier than usual to accommodate the international competition. Read more »

Many fresh faces among Columbus Blue Jackets top 20 prospects

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Many fresh faces among Columbus Blue Jackets top 20 prospects

Photo: Zach Werenski was a force on the blueline for the U.S. at the 2015 World Junior Championships, even pitching in offensively with two points in five games. (Courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his brain trust molded the future of the surging organization with a pair of trades and a fantastic draft in June. At the draft, the Blue Jackets identified a need to boost their defense and came away with a number of high-quality rearguards. Read more »

Minnesota Wild prospect pool benefits from newcomers in the Top 20

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Minnesota Wild prospect pool benefits from newcomers in the Top 20

Photo: Top Minnesota Wild prospect Alex Tuch should earn a larger role at the 2016 World Juniors for Team USA (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

July 4th, 2012 changed the Minnesota Wild’s course for the foreseeable future. Twin 13-year contracts for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter switched the Wild into win-now mode: an expensive and risky move that is easier announced than accomplished. Three seasons later, the team has qualified for the post-season in each season and won two playoff series total. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft Review: Rantanen heads bumper crop of Finnish draftees

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2015 NHL Draft Review: Rantanen heads bumper crop of Finnish draftees

Photo: Colorado Avalanche 2015 first round pick Mikko Rantanen signed an entry-level deal with the team in July (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Entering the 2015 NHL Draft, there was much uncertainty regarding the prospects coming out of Finland. TPS Turku center Mikko Rantanen was the top-ranked European skater according to Central Scouting, but after that it was anybody’s guess as to how things would go in Sunrise, Florida. Read more »

Several prospects in Pittsburgh Penguins top 20 ready for NHL duties

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Several prospects in Pittsburgh Penguins top 20 ready for NHL duties

Photo: Former 8th overall draft pick Derrick Pouliot will likely join the NHL Penguins for good this season. (Courtesy of Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins improved their NHL roster a fair amount in the 2015 offseason, but it was at the expense of their future. Once possessing one of the deepest groups of defensive prospects in the league, trades and graduations have left the coffers empty. It will only get worse too, as several of the Penguins’ top prospects are set to graduate during the 2015-16 season. Read more »

Defensemen dominate Anaheim Ducks Preseason Top 20

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Defensemen dominate Anaheim Ducks Preseason Top 20

Photo: Shea Theodore had a standout junior career, but his AHL production helps him remain the Anaheim Ducks’ top prospect (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

If contenders are built from the goal out, then the league must be a little bit jealous when it comes to the defensive pipeline and the major goaltending prospect the Anaheim Ducks currently hold. It seems like every single year, when everyone would figure the Ducks to go for a forward in the early rounds, they go back to the well and select another highly skilled defenseman.

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