Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Aramada defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Xavier Ouellet has had a memorable 2012-13 season, likely his final QMJHL season before turning pro (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The QMJHL may not be traditionally viewed as a fertile development ground for defensemen. But recent history has proved the opposite, with the league producing NHL talent such as Florida's Dmitri Kulikov and Pittsburgh's Kris Letang as well as top prospects like Montreal's Nathan Beaulieu and Phoenix's Brandon Gormley.
Photo: Defenseman Brenden Kichton is having a brilliant fifth season in the WHL, posting 53 points in 43 games with the Spokane Chiefs. (Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders have a large group of prospects playing at the junior level, led by former first round picks Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Strome. The Islanders are particularly flush at defense, with eight defensive prospects playing in either the CHL or college prep level.