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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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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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