Photo: Winger Oliver Bjorkstrand led the WHL in playoff scoring with 16 goals and 17 assists through 21 games. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
When the Columbus Blue Jackets took their best shot at the Pittsburgh Penguins this postseason, their roster was littered with home-grown players like Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray. While the recently graduated prospects were getting a chance to take on one of the NHL's best teams, there were a handful of players making statements in their own respective league's playoffs.
Photo: Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo bounced around Europe for much of the 2013-14 season before finally settling down with Ilves. Korpisalo was selected 62nd overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
After selecting eight players in the 2013 NHL Draft, it was exciting as ever to watch some of the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects bloom. Kerby Rychel and Oliver Bjorkstrand put together tremendous years at the Canadian major junior level, while Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano got their skates under them in Europe.
Photo: Swedish center Alexander Wennberg was the first of three picks in the first round by the Columbus Blue Jackets and new GM Jarmo Kekalainen (courtesy of Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)
The 2013 NHL Draft is one that will shape the future of first year general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. The NHL’s first Finnish General Manager had the luxury of picking three times in the first round (14th, 19th and 27th overall) and eight times total in the draft.
Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse is at the top of the OHL rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
In five of the last six years, an OHL forward has been taken first overall in the annual NHL Draft. And in 2011, forward Gabriel Landeskog was the second selection when the Edmonton Oilers broke from tradition and selected the WHL’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the top pick.
Photo: Goaltender Spencer Martin (L) led the way early for Team Orr with shutout hockey, while forward Laurent Dauphin (R) earned Player of the Game honors for his performance in Team Orr's win at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The final result may not have been what the local fans in Halifax were hoping to see but the 2013 Home Hardware NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game did not disappoint in delivering plenty of skill, speed and physical play. When the last buzzer sounded, Team Orr had beaten Team Cherry by the score of 3-0 in what was the first shutout in the history of the Top Prospects Game.