Photo: Buffalo Sabres forward prospect Johan Larsson has split time between the Sabres and the AHL’s Rochester Americans this season (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite the return of their top scorers, an influx of new talent, and the continuing development of their top players, the Rochester Americans are having a disappointing season. After making the AHL playoffs in three consecutive years, the Amerks sit last in the North Division and 14th in the Western Conference. The team has just two wins in their past 10 games.
Photo: Defenseman Jake McCabe is one of several Buffalo Sabres defensive prospects who are pushing for spots in the NHL. McCabe was a second round pick from 2012. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
Once the Buffalo Sabres are done collecting their puzzle pieces, it will be a matter of figuring out how they will all fit together. The Sabres have the cornerstones in place with Sam Reinhart at center and Rasmus Ristolainen on defense, but the short-term focus is to make sure that every prospect in the organization takes a step forward.
Photo: Guelph winger Scott Kosmachuk tied for third on the team with three goals and five points as the Storm came within one win of a Memorial Cup Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
While the parent club still seeks the right formula in terms of making the playoffs, several Winnipeg Jets prospects not only led their teams to postseason, but put up big numbers when the lights were brightest.
Photo: Michigan defenseman Brennan Serville, a third-round pick in 2010, has developed into a top shot blocker and key defensive presence in his three-year tenure with the Wolverines (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SM)
Though most of the Jets’ top-end prospects played elsewhere in 2013-14, two names highlight the Jets’ stable of collegiate talent.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks’ center Nicolas Petan is the top forward prospect in the Jets spring Top 20 list, trailing only defenseman Josh Morrissey for the top spot (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The two names that have dominated this list for the past few seasons, Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba, have moved on to become key figures in the present setup for the Winnipeg Jets, causing somewhat of a shakeup to the rest of the list.