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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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Minnesota Wild possess deep group of NCAA prospects, particularly on the blue line

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Adam Gilmour - Boston College

Photo: Boston College freshman Adam Gilmour has managed to stand out despite a limited fourth-line role, scoring 19 points through 37 games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

In today's salary-cap league, NHL teams need to pursue every available avenue to procure and retain good hockey players at reasonable cost. After going out and acquiring Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Jason Pominville and Dany Heatley, the Wild has had to bank on some of the longer-shots in its prospect group developing into dependable NHL players who can fill out a top-heavy roster cheaply and effectively.

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Top 50: Oilers’ Marincin tops the first group of NHL prospects in Spring update

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Martin Marincin - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Defenseman Martin Marincin has had a solid 2013-14 season split between the AHL and NHL. Marincin was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects begins with the prospects ranked 41-50. This group features several prospects on the verge of cracking an NHL roster on a full-time basis, as well as more recent draft picks who are finding breakout success in 2013-14.

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On the Rush, March 2014

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Nicolas Kerdiles - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Nicolas Kerdiles has been outstanding in his sophomore season with the University of Wisconsin. A second round pick the 2012 NHL Draft, Kerdiles has compiled 15 goals and 22 assists through 27 games this year. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

Welcome to the March 2014 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various levels of competition who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.

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Phoenix Coyotes late-round draft picks making their mark in NCAA

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Jedd Soleway - Wisconsin Badgers

Photo: Wisconsin freshman Jedd Soleway, a top-nine and power play contributor this year for the Badgers, fits the Phoenix Coyotes mold of big, hard-nosed forwards (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

The Phoenix Coyotes have made a habit of hoarding big, physical hockey players throughout all levels of their organization. This trend holds true in their pool of college hockey prospects. It is a player-type they clearly value.

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Los Angeles Kings NCAA seniors look to finish careers in style

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Michael Mersch - Wisconsin Badgers

Photo: Senior Michael Mersch, who led Wisconsin with 22 goals during the 2013-14 regular season, scored both Badger goals in their semifinal win over Penn State in the Big Ten tournament (courtesy of Dan Sanger/Icon SMI)

 
In recent years, the Los Angeles Kings have grown into one of the better organizations at scouting and recruiting in the NCAA. Despite losing highly regarded forward Hudson Fasching to the Buffalo Sabres via trade, they still boast an incredibly deep and talented group of NCAA prospects.

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Perseverance has paid off for Greyhounds’ Gaudet

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Tyler Gaudet - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and Phoenix Coyotes prospect Tyler Gaudet played in 99 regular season games over two seasons for the Soo, totaling 69 points over those two seasons (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

He wasn't drafted by the OHL. He was passed over by every NHL team in two entry drafts. But by signing a three-year, entry-level contract earlier this year with the Phoenix Coyotes, Tyler Gaudet is a wonderful example of how hard work, dedication, and persistence can pay off.

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Balance and talent still present in Anaheim Ducks Top 20 despite graduations

by Chris Phifer
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John Gibson - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Goaltender John Gibson, who has found success as a rookie pro this season for Norfolk in the AHL, takes over the top spot in the Ducks Top 20 update (courtesy of Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

The spring edition of the Anaheim Ducks Top 20 list features five new faces following the graduation of Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelly, Jakob Silfverberg, and Hampus Lindholm to the NHL and the loss of Peter Holland in a trade to Toronto.

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