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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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Oil Kings shake off underdog label, defeat Storm to win 2014 Memorial Cup

by Jason Menard
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Griffin Reinhart - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings captain and New York Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart hoists the Memorial Cup trophy following the Oil Kings’ 6-3 win over the Guelph Storm in the final of the 96th edition of this tournament (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Despite coming into the final game having played almost two extra ‘games’ at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup, the Edmonton Oil Kings found something extra in its reserves in defeating the Guelph Storm, 6-3.

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Phoenix Coyotes 2013-14 prospect awards boast winners from all levels

by Pat Paeplow
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Connor Murphy - Phoenix Coyotes

Photo: Defenseman Connor Murphy skated in 30 games with Phoenix in 2013-14, finishing his first NHL stint with eight points and a plus-5 rating (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Several Phoenix Coyotes prospects achieved career-changing milestones in 2013-14. Jordan Szwarz and Connor Murphy made their NHL debuts. Others, like Tobias Rieder and Yan-Pavel Laplante, enjoyed their first taste of professional hockey with the Portland Pirates.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Storm’s Finn one win away from fulfilling dream

by Jason Menard
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Matt Finn - Guelph Storm

Photo: Guelph Storm defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Matt Finn and his Storm teammates will do battle with the Edmonton Oil Kings one more time, this time to decide the winner of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup (courtesy of CHL Images)

As a four-year member of the Guelph Storm, team captain and Toronto Maple Leafs’ second-rounder Matt Finn has suffered a lot at the collective hands of the three-time OHL champion London Knights.

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McGinn, Altshuller among Carolina Hurricanes prospects to have strong playoff performances

by Cory Lavalette
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Daniel Altshuller - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Goaltender Daniel Altshuller had a strong playoff run with the Oshawa Generals, posting a 1.89 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season, and both their minor league affiliates – the AHL's Charlotte Checkers and the ECHL's Florida Everblades – also came up short in reaching the postseason.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Nichols small in stature but coming up large for Storm

by Jason Menard
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Justin Nichols - Guelph Storm

Photo: Guelph Storm goaltender Justin Nichols is the only netminder of the four starting goaltenders at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament to not have his name called at the NHL Draft (courtesy of CHL Images)

He’s backstopped the Guelph Storm to the top of the CHL rankings, a first-place finish during the OHL’s regular season, and an OHL championship. And now netminder Justin Nichols has backstopped the Storm to the championship game of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Playing for CHL’s top prize could lead to better things for Foreurs’ Aube-Kubel

by Jason Menard
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Nicolas Aube-Kubel - Val d'Or Foreurs

Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel generated 53 points in his second full season in the QMJHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Every step along the way, Nicolas Aube-Kubel knows he’s got more and more eyes on him as the 2014 NHL Draft approaches — and, after a bit of a slow start, he believes he’s hitting his rhythm as the Val d’Or Foreurs play in the tournament semi-final.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Foreurs’ Gelinas hoping to contribute in last shot at CHL championship

by Jason Menard
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Guillaume Gelinas - Val d'Or Foreurs

Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs defenseman Guillaume Gelinas has generated 193 points in 275 regular season games and another 38 points in 38 playoff games over his five QMJHL seasons (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

An undrafted free-agent, 20-year-old Guillaume Gelinas was hoping to make a big impression in this year’s MasterCard Memorial Cup, but an injury suffered in his second game almost derailed that opportunity.

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Nashville Predators pro level prospects showed promise in 2013-14

by Tony Piscotta
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Calle Jarnkrok - Nashville Predators

Photo: Calle Jarnkrok, acquired from Detroit in the David Legwand trade, registered nine points in 12 NHL games with the Predators in 2013-14 (courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators made a big splash in the 2013 NHL Draft when they took defenseman Seth Jones with the fourth overall pick. Not surprisingly, Jones made the jump right to the NHL and was one of four defensemen 23 years of age or younger to see significant time in Nashville.

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