Photo: Curtis McKenzie, the AHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, will likely split his time between the AHL and NHL in 2014-15 (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images
The churning out of quality prospects continues for the Dallas Stars organization. General manager Jim Nill will be looked upon to continue to bolster a very strong and deep organizational depth chart that has few glaring weaknesses at this point in time. With the Texas Stars (AHL) contingent set to defend a title and the Dallas team looking to make a bigger playoff push, the pressure is on this impressive group of youngsters.
Photo: Rimouski Oceanic defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Samuel Morin saw action with the Flyers during the 2013 preseason after having been drafted by the club 11th overall at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Although recent graduates of the QMJHL include defensemen like Simon Despres and David Savard, as well as up-and-coming prospects like Xavier Ouellet and Nathan Beaulieu, the league does not have a reputation as being a breeding ground for defenders.
Photo: Stars prospect Cole Ully leads the Kamloops Blazers in scoring in 2013-14 at just over a point-per-game pace (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
As part of a prospect pool bursting at the seams, the Dallas Stars have a wealth of talent at the junior level in the midst of the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Winger Alex Guptill has two goals, two assists through his first five games of 2013-14, contributing to Michigan’s 4-1-1 start to the season (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
The Dallas Stars, amid management and coaching changes, have gathered quite an impressive herd of prospects in recent years. The aforementioned front office changes obviously have a trickle-down effect with regard to the on-ice product and as a result, many of these terrific prospects have gotten at least a taste of NHL action.
Photo: Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Valentin Zykov is expected to return to a Drakkar squad that could challenge for the QMJHL title (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The 2012-13 season was a landmark year for the QMJHL. Not only did the Halifax Mooseheads follow a record-breaking season by keeping the Memorial Cup in the CHL's eastern-most league for a third straight year, but the Q was also creating plenty of headlines at the NHL Draft with six QMJHL players selected in the first round. Leading the way was Mooseheads Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin who went first and third overall to the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning, respectively.