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

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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

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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

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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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Hardworking group leads Toronto Maple Leafs prospect awards

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Matt Finn - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Defenseman Matt Finn has been strong throughout the 2013-14 regular season and postseason for the Guelph Storm. Finn was selected 35th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The playoffs are still going on for many prospects in the Toronto Maple Leafs' system, while the NHL players had to hang up the skates weeks ago. With the Memorial Cup and the Calder Cup tournaments still underway, Hockey's Future will hand out our hardware for those prospects who distinguished themselves for better and for worse.

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Rookie season not all smiles for Sharks’ Hertl, but future is bright

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Tomas Hertl - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl appeared to be a Calder Trophy candidate early in the 2013-14 season, but an injury that caused him to miss 45 games took him out of contention for that award (courtesy of Nick Lust/NHLI via Getty Images)

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl experienced as much success and frustration in his rookie season as some players do in their entire careers, and he took it all in with a huge grin.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Draft riser Pollock more focused on winning championship for Oil Kings

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Brett Pollock - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings prospect and 2014 prospect Brett Pollock was an offensive force for the Oil Kings in their run to the 2014 WHL Championship, scoring 19 points in 21 playoff games (courtesy of CHL Images)

Edmonton Oil Kings’ center Brett Pollock has rocketed up the draft charts in half a season — and he’s hoping that getting going in this year’s MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament will help him gain even more notice.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Oil Kings’ Lazar hoping whirlwind season ends with CHL championship

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Curtis Lazar - Edmonton Oil Kings; Nikita Zadorov - London Knights

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Curtis Lazar, shown here battling the London Knights’ Nikita Zadorov at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup, finished ninth in the WHL in goals this season with 41 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

It’s been a busy year for Edmonton Oil Kings’ forward Curtis Lazar — drafted 17th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft, a key player on Canada’s U20 World Junior Championship entry, and now a second go-round in the Memorial Cup. And it’s safe to say the Senators are pleased with his progress — at least, that’s what he thinks their actions mean.

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Monahan playing role of understudy at World Championship after strong rookie season

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Sean Monahan - Calgary Flames

Photo: Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan, shown here scoring a shootout goal against the Los Angeles Kings’ Jonathan Quick, was second in goals for the Flames in 2013-14, behind Mike Cammalleri (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Fatigue is something you can expect in any hockey player at the close of a hockey season. In an Olympic year, the wearinenss is even more visible than after any other campaign, resulting in many stars sitting out the IIHF World Championship tournament contested in May of each year.

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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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