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Top 50: Bruising defenders Nurse and Reinhart lead prospects ranked 11-20

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Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse, the Edmonton Oilers’ top pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, is one spot away from breaking into HF’s top 10 prospects (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 11-20. This particular section of the rankings features a bevy of talented defensemen, led by Darnell Nurse and Griffin Reinhart.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Regional features former WCHA rivals

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Jake McCabe - University of Wisconsin

Photo: University of Wisconsin defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect Jake McCabe has been the Badgers top offensive defender this season, notching 25 points in 35 games (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

The Midwest Regional of the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament takes place on March 28th and 29th at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Wisconsin is the top seed in this regional and is joined by Ferris State, Colgate and North Dakota. The four teams have a combined 24 NHL prospects on their rosters, although not all of them are expected to play in this tournament.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Union College top seed at East Regional

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Chris McCarthy - University of Vermont

Photo: University of Vermont forward Chris McCarthy, a top unsigned NCAA free agent, will lead the Catamounts into the NCAA East Regional in that school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

The NCAA East Regional kicks off the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament and takes place on March 28th and 29th at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.

Union College is the top seed in this regional and is joined by Quinnipiac, Providence College and Vermont. The four teams have a combined 13 NHL prospects on their rosters, the fewest of all the regionals.

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Skilled group of forwards leads New York Rangers spring Top 20

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Anthony Duclair - New York Rangers

Photo: Forward Anthony Duclair had a huge 2013-14 season in the QMJHL, where he managed 50 goals and 49 assists in 59 regular season games. Duclair was selected in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers have had a big turnover in their top prospects over the last few years, as more and more young players have cracked their NHL roster. Chris Kreider, who has been a top prospect since he was drafted in 2009, has graduated after being the franchise's best prospect for the last three years.

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Top 50: Kucherov heads 21-30 section of rankings that includes several new names

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Nikita Kucherov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Nikita Kucherov has parlayed a hot start in the AHL with Syracuse into a full-time gig with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013-14 (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by dynamic young forward Nikita Kucherov, who is one of several promising young forwards playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Klimchuk heads talented group of winger prospects in the WHL

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Oliver Bjorkstrand - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand was one of just three WHL players to hit the 50-goal mark in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

In the 2013-14 season regular season, the WHL featured a talented variety of wingers that are currently NHL prospects. The focus of this article is on the those WHL wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team, six of whom have signed NHL contracts. Our ranking consists of seven Canadians and three imports. Seven toiled in the WHL’s Western Conference, and our ranking contains a couple sets of teammates.

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Deep pool of Edmonton Oilers prospects developing in NCAA and overseas

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Bogdan Yakimov - Team Russia

Photo: Bogdan Yakimov (right), a 2013 third round pick by Edmonton, served as an alternate captaion for Team Russia at the 2014 WJC but contributed only two points on the score sheet (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers have a healthy group of young talent in their European and NCAA prospect talent pools – while no single player stands out as a front runner for NHL success, a number of mid-rounders like Anton Slepyshev, Bogdan Yakimov, and Dillon Simpson show promising talent and a likelihood to at least earn a look at the top level.

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New York Islanders have shown recent preference for NCAA talent

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Taylor Cammarata - New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Taylor Cammarata has been strong in his freshman season with the University of Minnesota, posting nine goals and 13 assists through 35 games. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow has shown a tendency to use later round picks on players bound for the NCAA, giving them plenty of time to develop and work on any holes they have in their game. The Islanders have had some success with NCAA players recently drafting star Kyle Okposo as well as prospects such as Matt Donovan, Brock Nelson, or Anders Lee.

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Spitfires’ Foss using OHL draft slight in drive to earn NHL Draft call

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Ryan Foss - Windsor Spitfires

Photo: Windsor Spitfires forward and 2014 prospect Ryan Foss is in his first OHL campaign where he tallied 13 goals and 32 points during the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

When it came to his OHL draft year, Ryan Foss was apparently an unlisted number. But after working his way onto the Windsor Spitfires’ roster, in less than a year he’s worked himself into the top 100 North American players for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Top 50: High-end offensive skill on display in group ranked 31-40

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Mikhail Grigorenko - Quebec Remparts

Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko, currently skating in the QMJHL for the Quebec Remparts, was ranked 21st in the Fall edition of the rankings but dropped to 31st in the Spring update (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 31-40. This section of the ranking is particularly deep with offensively talented forwards, led by Mikhail Grigorenko, Nicolas Petan, and Max Domi.

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