Some of the Philadelphia Flyers prospects, such as Scott Laughton and Shayne Gostisbehere, used the 2013-14 season to demonstrate continued improvement. For others, including Michael Parks and Taylor Leier, the 2013-14 season served as a breakout year. Other prospects however, like Marcel Noebels, Petr Straka, and Brandon Alderson, struggled while with the Adirondack Phantoms this season.
Junior hockey is frequently thought to be cyclic in nature. With a limited window of only three or four years with any single age group, teams often find themselves focusing on developing a core group of players around the same age with the intention of becoming competitive in their 18 or 19-year-old season. Then once those players move on, the cycle begins anew.
For the Rimouski Oceanic, the peak of their cycle was in 2008-09 when the club hosted the 2009 Memorial Cup. Now, a year later, they are starting to build up again, finishing the year with 10 fewer wins and 14 fewer points as they switch their focus back to developing a new core of players.
Some shrewd wheeling and dealing by the Oceanic has ensured that their rebound will happen quickly. Over the course of the 2008-09 season, Rimouski dealt away many of the left over players from their Memorial Cup appearance in an effort to get younger and kick start the rebuild.