Picking Every NHL Team's Top Minor-League, College or Junior Prospect

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Picking Every NHL Team's Top Minor-League, College or Junior Prospect
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With the lockout, there is presently no present for the NHL. There is only a past and a future to discuss.

So there is no time like the present for fans in every hockey market to focus on the future by keeping closer tabs on their AHL affiliates and host of amateur prospects scattered across the NCAA and Canadian Hockey League.

The top minor league is loaded with players who are just short of being an established NHLer and could attain that status once the next season is finally underway. Among the major juniors and collegians, the spotlight is broadening all the more with the absence of NHL news and the fast-approaching World Junior Championship tournament.

Of those who are competing on this continent and have played in fewer than 15 NHL regular-season or playoff games, here are the farmhands giving the most promising vibe to their prospective fanbases this season.

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