Photo: Forward Tyler Biggs will look to have a bounce back 2014-15 season in the AHL. Biggs was a former first round pick from 2011. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
After years of sacrificing high draft picks for quick fix solutions, which eventually led to a lack of depth in their minor league system, the Toronto Maple Leafs have turned a corner in the quality and depth of their player development pipeline. That youth injection is getting stronger with prospects Matt Finn, Connor Brown, and Antoine Bibeau potentially joining the Leafs’ minor league affiliates for the 2014-15 season. Other prospects, such as Andreas Johnson and Carter Verhaeghe, will look to build on their solid performances in 2014-15.
Photo: EV Zug forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Fabrice Herzog spent most of the 2013-14 season with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
This past season, Switzerland witnessed a start-to-finish victory by the powerhouse ZSC Lions Zürich with most of the nation’s experts agreeing that the team, coached by former NHL head coach Marc Crawford, will most likely be able to repeat it’s championship run in 2014-15. Read more»
Photo: SC Bern forward and 2014 prospect Luca Hischier is the top Swiss prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft playing in Switzerland (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
The 2013-14 season was one where Switzerland made less noise than the year before, as it seemed like everything turned back to normal for Swiss Ice Hockey.
Photo: Defenseman Matt Finn has been strong throughout the 2013-14 regular season and postseason for the Guelph Storm. Finn was selected 35th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
The playoffs are still going on for many prospects in the Toronto Maple Leafs' system, while the NHL players had to hang up the skates weeks ago. With the Memorial Cup and the Calder Cup tournaments still underway, Hockey's Future will hand out our hardware for those prospects who distinguished themselves for better and for worse.
Photo: Swiss forward Dario Simion, who received a look at the Chicago Blackhawks development camp this past summer, is appearing in his third and final World Junior Championship (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Traditionally, Switzerland holds their World Junior Championship preliminary camp in the snowy ski resort of Lenzerheide. But before this year's camp began, the Swiss took a major blow as their first-line center and Minnesota Wild draft choice Christoph Bertschy was injured during a National League A game with SC Bern. Not only is Bertschy an experienced player of two WJC's, but he would have served as team captain if he had remained healthy.