Photo: Maine’s Devin Shore had a breakout season in 2013-14, registering 43 points in 35 games as a sophomore (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
On the back of a first line and a first-rate goaltender, the Dallas Stars have found themselves in the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Photo: Forward Jason Akeson had a breakout 2013-14 season in the AHL, posting 24 goals and 40 assists in 60 games. Akeson made his NHL playoff debut on April 17th, 2014. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
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.
Photo: Vojens forward and 2014 prospect Martin Eskildsen has spent parts of the past three seasons playing in Denmark’s top league for the Sønderjyske squad (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Denmark is headed to a relegation round showdown with Germany at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. Both countries were winless in the preliminary round of the tournament, placing those countries at the bottom of their respective groups and on a relegation collision course.
Photo: Rungsted forward and 2015 prospect Alexander True saw his first action in Denmark’s top league during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
Denmark entered the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship with little hope of avoiding the relegation round, and that is how their tournament has unfolded so far. The Danes have completed their preliminary round slate, losing all four games while being outscored 25-5 in those games.
Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and 2014 prospect Vaclav Karabacek turned in a solid rookie season in the QMJHL, scoring 21 goals and adding 26 assists for 47 points in 65 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
The Czech Republic has so far had a bit of a mixed bag at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, but they are very much in the mix to battle for a medal. After three games, the Czechs have five points off a regulation win, an shootout win, and a loss that places them fourth in Group B.