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Athletic genes aid Attack’s Nastasiuk in his quest to reach the NHL

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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk has taken on a leadership role with the Attack this season as that team’s captain (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For Owen Sound Attack captain Zach Nastasiuk, sports is bred in the bone. But despite his father reaching the pinnacle of Canadian gridiron success, the only Detroit professional squad Zach would ever play for would be the Red Wings — never the Lions.

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Johns, Matheson lead good crop of drafted NCAA defensemen

by DJ Powers
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Stephen Johns - University of Notre Dame

Photo: Notre Dame defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns will cap off his college career with his most productive offensive season for the Fighting Irish (courtesy of Zumapress/Icon SMI)

This season, the NCAA features an array of outstanding NHL-drafted defensemen and many of them, particularly underclassmen, have been left off this year’s list. The ten defensemen ranked here are all having excellent seasons with their respective teams and have made tremendous strides in their development.

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Size and skill highlight Toronto Maple Leafs Spring Top 20

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Morgan Rielly - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Defenseman Morgan Rielly has experienced a lot of ups and downs in his first NHL season. Rielly has recorded two goals and 18 assists through 54 games with the Maple Leafs. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

Outside of Nazem Kadri and the soon-to-graduate Morgan Rielly, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been void of big-name prospects for a few years. Moreover, they have lacked the prospect depth of most other NHL teams, either as a result of trading picks or players not yet meeting their potential.

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Buffalo Sabres feature a strong collection of talent in Spring Top 20

by Jason Chen
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Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) remains is the top prospect for the Buffalo Sabres. Ristolainen has split the 2013-14 season between the NHL and AHL. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

With over 40 prospects currently in their system, and at least 10 picks in the first two rounds of the 2014 and 2015 NHL Drafts, the Buffalo Sabres are aggressively re-building. Two players graduate from the fall Top 20 rankings – former University of Maine standout Brian Flynn is now a fixture with the big club and winger Corey Tropp is now a Columbus Blue Jacket after being waived in November.

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Graduations leave new names atop Minnesota Wild Top 20 update

by Peter Prohaska
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Matt Dumba - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Defenseman Matt Dumba takes over the top spot in this edition of the Minnesota Wild Top 20. Dumba opened the 2013-14 season in the NHL, but he is currently skating with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

Jonas Brodin, Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, and Nino Niederreiter have graduated from prospect status and now appear to be legitimate NHL players, though all still at various early stages of their careers.

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Off the Radar: Ice’s Valiev making most of second NHL Draft chance

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Rinat Valiev - Russia - 2013 Subway Super Series

Photo: Kootenay Ice defenseman and 2014 prospect Rinat Valiev competed for Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series, posting no points and an even plus/minus rating in his two games vs. the WHL squad (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

As well as acting as the hub for the Kootenay Ice, Cranbrook, BC is widely regarded for its rich railway history which dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. So it’s almost poetic that Rinat Valiev landed there in an effort to get a potential NHL career back on track.

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Defense continues to headline Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Olli Maatta - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Olli Maatta has been one of the top young defensemen in the NHL this season, with seven goals and 18 assists through 58 games. Maatta also helped Finland win the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins lead the NHL's Eastern Conference with 40 wins and 84 points despite amassing over 350 man-games lost to injury. The team has suffered major injuries at every position and at one point were missing four of their top-six defensemen, two of their top-six forwards, and their backup goaltender.

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67′s Konecny already in good company at 16

by Jason Menard
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Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Ottawa 67′s forward and 2015 prospect Travis Konecny is second in scoring for the 67′s with 64 points in 55 games (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

It may be cold and snowy in Canada’s capital, but the path to the Sunshine State looks like it’s going to run from small-town Ontario, through Ottawa, to the podium at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, FL.

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Anthony Mantha new top prospect in Detroit Red Wings Top 20 update

by Adam Schnepp
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Anthony Mantha - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Anthony Mantha reached the 50-goal mark in 67 games during his draft year, but he has already equaled that total through 49 games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

With the graduation of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Brian Lashoff from the prospects ranks, the Detroit Red Wings have seen the first wave of their youth movement arrive in the NHL. The door has been opened for new prospects to enter the ranks of the Top 20, with Mitch Callahan and Luke Glendening taking full advantage.

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