Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Henrik Samuelsson celebrates the first goal of the game vs. the Los Angeles Kings in what would be a three-point night for the former Edmonton Oil Kings forward (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
It was Split Squad Mania on Day 2 of the 2014 NHL preseason slate as eight of the 12 games played involved teams icing a split squad. Seemingly more chances for NHL prospects to shine, but in the end only a handful of notable performances from the youngsters. Read more»
Photo: Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is one of several Philadelphia prospects making their professional debut with the Flyers organization. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
Several of the Philadelphia Flyers‘ top prospects will begin their professional careers in 2014-15, including former NCAA standout Shayne Gostisbehere.
Photo: Scott Laughton is one of several strong two-way forwards in the Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect pool. Laughton was picked 20th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers have gone to lengths the past few seasons to address their defensive depth and now have five very solid blueliners among their top 10 prospects.
Photo: The Philadelphia Flyers once again went heavy on defense at the draft, selecting Travis Sanheim 17th overall and adding three other defensemen in the later rounds. (courtesy of Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
The home team did not make much of a splash at the 2014 NHL Draft, failing to trade up for a higher pick in the first round. The Philadelphia Flyers again made defense a priority, drafting Travis Sanheim with their 17th overall pick. They added two more defensemen before the night was done, adding Mark Friedman in the third round.
Photo: The Buffalo Sabres added to their already deep draft pool with nine selections at the 2014 NHL Draft, including first round pick Sam Reinhart (L) and second round selection Brandon Lemieux (R) (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The NHL's Western Conference currently has the bragging rights to league supremacy as a a result of the Los Angeles Kings five-game Stanley Cup final win over the New York Rangers. While the results from the 2014 NHL Draft may not alter the current lock the West has on the NHL's most prized trophy, at least one team in the Eastern Conference might be offering a ray of hope for the future.