Making the Cut for the 2003-04 season

By HF Staff

Below are the prospects who made the opening night lineups for their respective teams. Eighty-nine prospects made the opening rosters in 2003-04, compared to 59 in 2002-03. The rules governing who is and who is not considered a prospect by Hockey’s Future is below.


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TeamPlayer
ANA
Joffrey Lupul
Mikael Holmqvist
ATL Garnet Exelby
Tommi Santala
Kamil Piros
BOS Patrice Bergeron
Milan Jurcina
Andrew Raycroft
Martin Samuelsson
BUF Andrew Peters
Ryan Miller
CAL Blair Betts
Chuck Kobasew

Brent Krahn (IR)
Matthew Lombardi
CAR Eric Staal
Bruno St. Jacques
CHI Lasse Kukkonen
Michael Leighton
Travis Moen
Tuomo Ruutu
Igor Radulov
Pavel Vorobiev
COL John-Michael Liles
Cody McCormick
Marek Svatos
Phil Sauve
CMBDan Fritsche
Andrej Nedorost
Dallas Stars Antti Miettinen
John Erskine
Steve Ott
Detroit Red Wings Jiri Hudler
Jason Williams
Edmonton Oilers

Marc-Andre Bergeron
Jarret Stoll
Raffi Torres

Florida Panthers

Nathan Horton
Andreas Lilja
Dave Morisset (IR)

Filip Novak (IR)

Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown
Tim Gleason
Jared Aulin (IR)
Michael Cammalleri (IR)
Minnesota Wild Brent Burns
Montreal Canadiens Ron Hainsey

Christopher Higgins

Marcel Hossa

Michael Komisarek
Michael Ryder
Nashville Predators Vernon Fiddler
Jordin Tootoo

Marek Zidlicky

Tomas Kloucek
New Jersey Devils David Hale
Paul Martin
New York Islanders Sean Bergenheim
Eric Godard

Trent Hunter
Justin Papineau
New York Rangers Mike Siklenka
Ottawa Senators Antoine Vermette
Philadelphia Flyers Joni Pitkanen

Jim Vandermeer

Phoenix Coyotes Matthew Spiller
Pittsburgh Penguins Ramzi Abid
Marc-Andre Fleury
Konstantin Koltsov
Ryan Malone
Matt Murley
Brooks Orpik
San Jose Sharks Christian Ehrhoff
Milan Michalek
Tom Preissing
St Louis Blues Peter Sejna
Jeff Heerema
Mark Rycroft
Matt Walker (IR)
Tampa Bay Lightning Dimitri Afanasenkov
Martin Cibak
Toronto Maple Leafs Max Kondratiev
Matthew Stajan
Alexei Ponikarovsky
Mikael Tellqvist
Vancouver Canucks Jason King

Washington Capitals Boyd Gordon
Steve Eminger
Alexander Semin


Hockey’s Future Prospect Criteria

To establish uniformity among all the team pages and to increase the credibility of all the articles, all players listed on HF will follow the “Prospect Rules” to help editors and writers in determining who is and isn’t considered a prospect anymore. Players who no longer qualify as prospects will be removed from team lists and rankings.

A prospect that has played 41+ NHL games in one season or 65+ NHL games in two seasons is not a prospect anymore.

A goalie prospect that has played 20+ NHL games in one season or 30+ NHL games in two seasons is not a prospect anymore.

A prospect that has played 240+ total games in the AHL/ECHL is no longer a prospect.

Goalies that have played 4 full seasons in the AHL/ECHL are no longer prospects.

A prospect that is over 24 is not a prospect anymore, with the exception of players who played in college. Former college players may remain on the prospect list for two seasons after their graduation, or age 26, whichever is longer.

Any European player that has played in more than 225 games in an Elite league is no longer a prospect.

Any European goalie that has played 4 full seasons in an Elite league is no longer a prospect.

If a European or North American player has a combo of Elite/AHL/ECHL games played equaling 100+ elite games and 125+ AHL/ECHL games or 225+ games combined they are no longer considered a prospect.

Any European or North America goalie that has a combination of 4 full seasons of Elite or AHL/ECHL league play are no longer considered prospects.

The graduated list on team pages will consist of players who have recently graduated to the roster of their NHL teams, but still fit the prospect criteria. A skater prospect may sit on the graduated list until he has played 100 games in the NHL. A goalie prospect may sit on the graduated list until he has played 50 games in the NHL.