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Video: 2013 Subway Super Series – Zach Nastasiuk, Owen Sound Attack

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Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk is currently tied for second in points on the Attack roster so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

After being one of the better teams in the OHL the past three seasons, the Owen Sound Attack have fallen back slightly so far in 2013-14, currently sitting one game above .500 while standing fourth in the OHL's Midwest Division. The loss of players such as Jordan Binnington, Cody Ceci, and Daniel Catenacci has left the Attack with a younger and more inexperienced squad, a main reason for the that club's move to the middle of the pack.

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Video: 2013 Subway Super Series – Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph Storm

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Scott Kosmachuk - Guelph Storm

Photo: Guelph Storm forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Scott Kosmachuk is currently on pace to top the 100-point mark in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

The phrase “taking your game to another level” is one that is firmly entrenched within the hockey lexicon. It is often used within a game situation, but also applies to the year-to-year development of players, especially younger players still looking to make their mark in the pro game.

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Kings junior prospects off to mixed starts in 2013-14 season

by Jason Lewis
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Zac Leslie - Guelph Storm

Photo: With 13 points through 16 games, Guelph defenseman Zac Leslie ranks second among Storm defensemen in points per game this season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The ebbs and flows of hockey are apparent at every level, and junior is no exception. With injuries and inconsistencies, the world of hockey can be a rough ride for young players sometimes.

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Emphasis on drafting speed and skill paying off for New York Rangers

by Leslie Treff
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Dylan McIlrath - New York Rangers

Photo: Dylan McIlrath has gradually developed into a dependable and physical defensive defenseman. The New York Rangers selected McIlrath 10th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It seems like a distant memory now, but just six or seven years ago, the New York Rangers had few homegrown players on their NHL roster. Big name free agents were the norm for this original six team, with few of the team's prospects ever appearing in more than one or two games on Broadway.

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Video: 2013 Subway Super Series – Slater Koekkoek, Windsor Spitfires

by Ken McKenna
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Slater Koekkoek - Team OHL

Photo: Windsor Spitfires defenseman and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Slater Koekkoek is currently among the top scoring defensemen in the OHL in 2013-14 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

The Windsor Spitfires have been on a roll of late, putting up a 9-1-0-0 record in their last 10 games. The hot streak has gotten the club into the thick of the OHL's Western Conference race, although they are still nine points behind the conference-leading Erie Otters.

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Edmonton Oilers junior prospect pool replenished at 2013 NHL Draft

by Kady Hobbins
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Marc-Olivier Roy - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Marc-Olivier Roy, selected 56th overall at the 2013 draft, made his season debut for the Armada at the start of November and has scored at over a point-per-game pace since (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

This year’s Oilers junior update received a pretty big housecleaning from last year as a number of prospects graduated to the pro ranks.

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2013 Subway Super Series: Bigras produces in OHL loss to Russia

by Ken McKenna
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Chris Bigras - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras had a good showing at the Avalanche training camp before returning to the OHL for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

There was no lack of effort on the part of Team OHL in the first of their pair of games against Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series. But Russia converted on most of their best chances, sending the OHL to a 5-2 defeat at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, ON.

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Winnipeg Jets prospects mixing promise with adversity in early stages of 2013-14 season

by Charlie Beattie
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Zach Redmond - Winnipeg Jets

Photos: Zach Redmond made his 2013-14 debut for the Jets on November 17, his first NHL game since suffering a serious skate laceration in February (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The Jets opened the season with all eyes on their top two prospects, Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele, as they made the permanent leap from the amateur/junior ranks to the NHL.

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Florida Panthers system well stocked with NHL-caliber talent

by Brian Fogarty
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Nick Bjugstad - Florida Panthers

Photo: Nick Bjugstad is one of several Florida Panthers prospects who are currently playing in the NHL. Bjugstad was selected 19th overall by the Panthers in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon SMI)

The Florida Panthers' system remains well stocked even after the graduation of Jonathan Huberdeau and Jacob Markstrom. The organization has incredible depth and skill at center and defense, and although the goaltending depth chart looks relatively weak, it remains a solid group with a couple of players performing well in the early part of the current season.

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2013 Subway Super Series: Hudon makes the most of latest WJC audition

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Charles Hudon - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon was the star for Team QMJHL in the first game of the 2013 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Dave Connell/HF)

 

Chicoutimi Sagueneens left wing Charles Hudon doesn't have great memories of last year's World Junior Championship. Hudon injured his back in a pre-tournament contest, an injury that kept him out of the entire WJC and was a bother for most of the remainder of his 2012-13 season.

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