Photo: Forward prospect Mark Stone began the 2014-15 season in the NHL with Ottawa. Stone was a sixth round pick from 2010. (courtesy of Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Ottawa Senators have one of the youngest groups of players currently playing in the NHL. They are the fourth youngest team, with an average age of 26, and have had numerous prospects make the jump to the NHL over the last few years, such as Mika Zibanejad, Patrick Wiercioch, and Robin Lehner.
Photo: Shane Prince will battle for a spot on the Ottawa Senators NHL roster in 2014-15. Prince was a second round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
Fresh surroundings will aid certain Ottawa Senators prospects in their development paths this season. Former college forward Alex Guptill is embarking on his pro career, while Swedish forward Tobias Lindberg left his country to join the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. Meanwhile, 2014 draft pick Kelly Summers is leaving the Ottawa valley region to test his abilities in the NCAA.
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.
Photo: Winger Remi Elie was traded from London to Belleville early in the 2013-14 season. The Stars’ 40th overall selection in 2013 was a point-per-game player following the trade (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
One might argue that this group is a year ahead of schedule. A not-yet-fully-formed Dallas Stars team, with a defense that is in transition, ended up making the postseason and taking a strong Ducks team to the bitter end of game six.
Photo: Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, who made his NHL debut this season, won the Breakout Prospect for 2014-15 award for the Dallas Stars (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
The third edition of the Dallas Stars prospect awards highlights the terrific depth and high-end skill that is housed by the organization. As evidenced below, the spoils of prior drafts have created a proliferation of talent at all positions.