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Turnover and restocking brings new faces to Florida Panthers 2014 Fall Top 20

by Brian Fogarty
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Aleksander Barkov - Florida Panthers

Photo: Forward Aleksander Barkov is poised for a breakout sophomore season with the Florida Panthers. Barkov was the second overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

 

After a year in which several prospects left the Panthers system, the summer brought new faces to Florida. Among them is the first overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, Aaron Ekblad, a towering, talented defenseman who could be just one of several prospects earning full-time NHL roster spots this fall.

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Goaltending prominently featured in Boston Bruins 2014 Fall Top 20

by Richard Murray
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Malcolm Subban - Boston Bruins

Photo: Malcolm Subban is one of several strong goaltending prospects in the Boston Bruins system. Subban was picked in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

 

The Boston Bruins have turned to some of their young guns like Reilly Smith, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and others to jump into the lineup and produce right away. With the Bruins’ current cap troubles, there is a good chance that top prospects like David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, and Alexander Khokhlachev will be to do the same.

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Virtanen, Demko new top prospects in Vancouver Canucks Fall 2014 Top 20

by Larenzo Jensen
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Lethbridge Hurricanes v Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Jake Virtanen was a point-per-game player for the Calgary Hitmen in 2013-14. He was the sixth overall selection of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

For all intents and purposes, the 2014 NHL Draft table was a flurry of activity for the Vancouver Canucks and had immediate impact on their top 20 prospects. They were, amongst other areas of improvement, able to draft arguably their best left winger in 15 years and their best goaltender in 10 years.

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Ottawa Senators 2014 Fall Top 20 bolstered by offseason trades

by Peter Morrow
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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward Curtis Lazar had a strong 2013-14 season, managing 41 goals in 58 WHL games. Lazar was picked 17th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The lack of a first round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft hurt the Ottawa Senators, but the arrival of two forward prospects via trade helped generate some excitement. Acquired from the Dallas Stars as part of a package deal for Jason Spezza, OHL forward Nicholas Paul is a player on the rise, poised for a breakout year in 2014-15. Fellow new arrival Alex Guptill, on the other hand, is looking to rebound back to elite form after a forgettable final season with the Michigan Wolverines.

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Mantha, Mrazek lead Detroit Red Wings Fall 2014 Top 20

by Adam Schnepp
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Photo: Anthony Mantha scored 120 points in 2013-14, his final QMJHL season. He was selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

The Fall 2014 edition of the Detroit Red Wings Top 20 contains a few new names, but offensive dynamo Anthony Mantha and unorthodox but effective goaltender Petr Mrazek retain their spots atop the list. Additionally, four players make their first ever appearance in the Top 20.

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Skelleftea’s Sundqvist taking big strides in development

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Oskar Sundqvist - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Swedish forward Oskar Sundqvist brings a rare blend of size, skill, and grit to the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. Sundqvist was picked in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins rarely drafted out of Europe under former general manager Ray Shero. Nor did they draft many forwards with size. So when Shero and company selected a big-bodied, little known Swedish center named Oskar Sundqvist in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft, there was naturally some intrigue.

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Wennberg, Milano lead Columbus Blue Jackets 2014 Fall top 20

by Richard Greco
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Oscar Dansk - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Oscar Dansk is one of several strong goaltending prospects in the Columbus Blue Jackets prospect pool. Dansk was selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets have had a nice flow of prospects over the past few seasons. With players like Boone Jenner and Dalton Prout among others emerging in the NHL, the second wave of Blue Jackets’ prospects are chomping at the bit to get their shot.

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Dumba retains top spot in Minnesota Wild Fall 2014 Top 20

by Peter Prohaska
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Chicago Blackhawks v Minnesota Wild

Matt Dumba was nearly a point-per-game player for the Portland Winterhawks in 2013-14. (courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

Listing the Minnesota Wild‘s Top 20 Prospect Group is a more difficult exercise this fall, with a fairly clear-cut top four (including Erik Haula, who should graduate soon) followed by another 20 or so players with only a little separation. The Wild also added a lot of new blood to bolster the farm system, pushing some familiar names out of the Top 20.

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Teravainen again leads Chicago Blackhawks prospects in Fall 2014 Top 20

by Brad Gardner
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Chicago Blackhawks v Boston Bruins

Teuvo Teravainen is ready to make the jump from Finland to North America, but whether he winds up in the AHL or NHL is yet to be determined. (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

This edition of the Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 ranking includes a handful of new names, led by 2014 first-round pick Nick Schmaltz debuting in the second spot behind incumbent top prospect Teuvo Teravainen.

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Lindholm stays atop Carolina Hurricanes 2014 Fall Top 20 Rankings

by Cory Lavalette
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Elias Lindholm - Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping for a strong sophomore season from forward Elias Lindholm. The Hurricanes selected Lindholm fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The one place the Carolina Hurricanes have benefited from five seasons out of the postseason is in the prospect department. Carolina has selected in the top 12 in four of the last five drafts, giving them a core of solid young players on which to rebuild the franchise and return to the playoffs.

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