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Minnesota Wild prospects made big impact in NHL playoffs and lower levels

by Peter Prohaska
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Zack Mitchell - Guelph Storm

Photo: Zack Mitchell, signed as a free agent by the Wild in March, was a key player in all situations for Guelph as the Storm won the OHL title and made it to the Memorial Cup final (courtesy of CHL Images)

Playoff season is a marathon of several months, and for hockey fans it can be the best and the worst time of the year.

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Several Buffalo Sabres prospects enjoyed productive postseasons

by Jason Chen
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Nikita Zadorov - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Nitkita Zadorov had a strong postseason for the London Knights, managing four goals and five assists in nine playoff games. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The parent club was in shambles for much of the 2013-14 season, but the plight of the Buffalo Sabres did not adversely affect the development of their deep pool of prospects. Though the Rochester Americans felt the effects of Buffalo's roster shuffle throughout the season, the organization's prospects at the junior and amateur levels performed well, with the majority of them qualifying for the playoffs in their respective leagues.

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Oil Kings’ Moroz headlines Edmonton Oilers playoff update

by Kady Hobbins
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Mitchell Moroz - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: A second period goal from Mitchell Moroz turned out to be the game-winner in Edmonton’s 6-3 win over Guelph in the Memorial Cup final (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The 2013-14 playoff season was a busy one for Edmonton Oilers prospects. Despite the NHL team missing the playoffs for the eighth season in a row, nearly every pro affiliate and junior/collegiate squad earned a trip to the post-season.

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Florida Panthers continue to have strong group of prospects despite numerous graduations

by Brian Fogarty
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Quinton Howden - Florida Panthers

Photo: Speedy forward Quinton Howden was one of several Florida Panthers prospects to spend some time in the NHL during the 2013-14 season. Howden was the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

Opportunities for prospects in the Florida Panthers system were omnipresent during the 2013-14 season. Whether those opportunities came in the form of the NCAA tournament, professional hockey debuts, or calls to the NHL, several hungry young prospects distinguished themselves by their play, effort and skills.

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Hard-working players dominate San Jose Sharks prospect awards

by Craig Fischer
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Matt Tennyson - San Jose Sharks

Photo: Defenseman Matt Tennyson, who led Worcester blueliners with seven goals in 2013-14, maintained his spot as San Jose’s Top Defensive Prospect (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The 2013-14 season was a big year for the San Jose Sharks and their prospects. In a lot of ways it was an eye opener for the rest of the league and demonstrated the depth and top-flight skill they had hidden away in their prospect pool.

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Several Philadelphia Flyers prospects led their teams to successful postseasons

by Jashvina Shah
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Taylor Leier - Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: Forward Taylor Leier had a standout season and postseason with the powerhouse Portland Winterhawks. In 21 playoff games, Leier managed 26 points. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Several Philadelphia Flyers prospects made the playoffs in their respective leagues. Some played well for their teams, while others were forces as their teams challenged for championships. The Flyers were particularly well represented in the CHL playoffs as well as the NCAA tournament.

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Hellebuyck, Copp headline Winnipeg Jets collegiate crop

by Charlie Beattie
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Brennan Serville - Michigan Wolverines

Photo: Michigan defenseman Brennan Serville, a third-round pick in 2010, has developed into a top shot blocker and key defensive presence in his three-year tenure with the Wolverines (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SM)

Though most of the Jets’ top-end prospects played elsewhere in 2013-14, two names highlight the Jets’ stable of collegiate talent.

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European and NCAA prospects developing towards shot in minor leagues for Dallas Stars

by Mike Farkas
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Alex Guptill - Michigan Wolverines

Photo: Alex Guptill will turn pro in 2014-15 following a junior season in which he posted a career-low 25 points in 31 games for Michigan (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The Dallas Stars may have gotten away from the NCAA route a little bit more now than Joe Nieuwendyk is no longer at the helm. On the other side of the coin and ocean, the Stars always seem to be actively seeking out European defensemen no matter who is running the show.

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Strong postseason bodes well for Griffin Reinhart and New York Islanders

by Christian Litscher
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Griffin Reinhart - New York Islanders

Photo: Defenseman Griffin Reinhart had a strong playoff run with the Edmonton Oil Kings, helping them to a WHL championship, as well as a 2014 Memorial Cup victory. (courtesy of CHL Images)

The New York Islanders, as an organization, took a step back in 2013-14 after making the playoffs last year. Although none of the Islanders professional prospects got to play in any playoff games, many of the organization's junior and European prospects gained valuable experience playing in the postseason this year.

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