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FOUR NHL Prospects That Have Started the Season Off Slow (TOR, PHI, BOS, EDM)

Prospecting is one of most important aspects within an NHL organization. The ability to properly scout and predict a teenager's future can furthermore drive a club ahead of the pack. Here are four prospects that have started the season off slow, but have the potential to become future NHL veterans: Topi Niemela, Karpat Liiga (Toronto Maple Leafs) It is quite clear this season that Topi Niemela is not at the same offensive pace as his prior season in the Finnish Liiga. Although this is not necessarily a worry for the Leafs' organization, Niemela has shown the ability to be defensively sound while playing a top role on his team.   The Finnish Liiga is noted as a defensive-minded league with frequent low-scoring games. For example, Niemela's team, Karpat, sits fifth in the league, despite having only scored an average of two goals per game. So far this season, Niemela has recorded four goals and three assists in 25 games.   Last season, Niemela broke out offensively during