COLUMBUS, OHIO -- This weekend we take a closer look at the progress our players are making in their respective leagues, with a focus on prospects:

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C Marek Viedensky: somewhat of an enigma, for whatever reason it appears Viedensky only plays sporadically, but when he does he's typically given a letter on his jersey. This leads us to believe he's not being benched, yet we are unable to find any indication of injury trouble. He's a big body with a history of point production and despite his increasing age we still believe he has a chance at making the NHL. Currently sits at 6 points in 15 games.

C Austin Czarnik: former Hobey Baker candidate, this diminutive forward just keeps producing. 28 points in 18 games in college this season as captain of the Miami University (Ohio), and we're hoping his season gets capped off with an NHL contract in the spring or summer.

C Henrik Samuelsson: big centerman is having an OK year. Currently fighting for a spot on Team USA (WJC) -- we're being cautiously optimistic. If he does make the team it could well in a 4th line capacity. His Samuelsson's game is likely better suited for the small ice anyways.

LW Teuvo Teravainen: quite possibly our best prospect, we expect Teravainen to lead Finland at the World Juniors. He had a slow start to his SEL season but has picked up the pace recently. Looking forward to him making the transition to North America in the summer.

RW Colton Sceviour: we couldn't resist picking this guy up on waivers a few weeks ago; at the time he was the AHL's top goalscorer and at 22 still had never been given a legitimate chance in the NHL. It was a very low-risk high-reward claim which is paying off rather quickly, as Sceviour has since been called up to the NHL and has scored 3 goals in 4 games.

RW Joel Armia: injured for the first part of the season, Armia is back in action and getting his first taste of the AHL. He may not be lighting it up at the moment, but he's receiving considerable praise for his skill and vision, so we're hoping the points will follow shortly. Sitting at 6 point in 18 games.

RW Rickard Rakell: is emerging as a dominant force in the AHL with 19 points in 23 games as a 20 year old. His recent stint in the NHL went well, and his demotion was purely based on numbers. We have no doubt that Rakell will have a long career in the NHL. 

D Damon Severson: poor kid was just cut from Team Canada (WJC) and we hope it won't destroy his confidence. He's a great two-way player who does everything well; he's just not flashy or outstanding in any one particular area of the game.

D Chad Billins: a point-per-game defenseman in the AHL is a rare commodity. Billins was given a few games with the big club earlier in the season and we thought he did just fine, so hoping he gets recalled at some point this year.

-- BJ Express