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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

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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

by Brian Jung
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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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Eager Lindholm developing nicely under tutelage of Ducks’ Niedermayer

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Hampus Lindholm - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm finished second in scoring among rookie defensemen in the 2013-14 regular season, behind Boston Bruins’ rookie defender Torey Krug (courtesy of John Cordes/Icon SMI)

He was a surprise top-10 selection at the 2012 NHL Draft, but Anaheim Ducks rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm has at times looked like a seasoned NHL veteran at the tender age of 20.

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Two new Colorado Avalanche prospects still alive in the CHL postseason

by Chau Vo
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Chris Bigras - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Chris Bigras scored a goal and two assists but could not keep the Owen Sound Attack from dropping four straight to Sault Ste. Marie in their five-game first round series (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The season may have ended on a disappointing note for the Colorado Avalanche but the short postseason run was an invaluable experience for some of the Avalanche’s young prospects. Joey Hishon made his long-awaited NHL debut and Brad Malone and Paul Carey got their first glimpse at what the NHL playoffs are all about.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Knights gearing up after month away from live action

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Bo Horvat - London Knights

Photo: London Knights forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Bo Horvat will be playing in his third Memorial Cup Tournament as a member of the Knights (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

All year long, the London Knights talked about how, despite a guaranteed berth in the 2014 Memorial Cup Tournament as the host squad, the team wanted to enter the tournament through the proverbial front door. When the Guelph Storm slammed that door shut with a 4-1 series victory on April 11th, it changed the way the team needed to approach the finals.

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