Photo: Defenseman Stefan Elliott spent most of 2013-14 with Lake Erie in the AHL, but he returned to the NHL late in the season and scored a goal in an April 13th overtime loss in Anaheim (courtesy of Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
As the 2013-14 hockey season ends for many Colorado Avalanche prospects, there are still a few competing for their respective league championships.
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan (#19) and Nashville Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic (#28) of the Portland Winterhawks have much to smile about as they will be competing in their fourth straight WHL Championship series (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)
The defensemen, goaltenders and wingers have all been covered, so it is time to take a look at the top centers prospects that competed in the WHL during the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon is the top NHL rookie in most offensive categories and has totaled 62 points in 79 games (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
The Calder Trophy race heads down the stretch and, while Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat led all rookie scorers in the month of March, Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon has tightened his hold on the lead in the Hockey's Future monthly poll.
Photo: St. Clod State defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Ben Storm played for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2012-13 before beginning his NCAA career with the HusKies this season (courtesy of St. Cloud State)
At 6’6” and 220 pounds, St. Cloud State University freshman defenseman Ben Storm is one of the biggest players in all of NCAA college hockey. But, in addition to providing a towering presence, Storm has also been a steady defensive defenseman on the Huskies' blueline this season. The Laurium, MI native has played in 30 games so far, posting one assist.
Photo: Freshman defenseman Will Butcher (#7) made his mark with 16 points in his first year for the University of Denver. The Pioneers won the inaugural NCHC tournament with a win over Miami (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
In the last four drafts, the Colorado Avalanche only selected a combined six players from the USHL, a pipeline to the NCAA, and European junior leagues. To date, only four of those players still remain a part of the Avalanche organization.