Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect Rasmus Ristolainen is one of a handful of good prospects at that position. Ristolainen is a part of the prospect group ranked first in HF’s team rankings (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Hockey’s Future presents the top group of the 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked by the overall quality of their prospect pool as voted on by the HF staff. For reference, the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF’s prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Each team’s rank from the previous rankings is listed in parentheses.
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Photo: Team OHL captain and Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse speaks with the media after being named his team’s Player of the Game in the OHL’s 4-0 loss to Team Russia at the 2014 Subway Super Series (courtesy of Ken McKenna)
Team Russia rode a solid goaltending performance mixed with some opportunistic scoring to win the first of their two Subway Super Series games against Team OHL, 4-0. The win was also the Russians third in three games in this year’s series, with the first two coming at the expense of Team WHL. Read more »
Photo: Guelph Storm forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Robby Fabbri will be one of the alternate captains in his lone Subway Super Series appearance (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The three leagues that make up the Canadian Hockey League have renewed their yearly rivalry with Russia in the 2014 edition of the Subway Super Series. This year’s slate of games began out West with the WHL squad facing off against Team Russia, and has now moved eastward to Ontario where Team OHL will do battle with the Russians. Read more »
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward Jonathan Drouin appeared in two games for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch prior to making his NHL debut in October (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have seen several forward prospects come up through the system in recent years, including the team’s leading scorer, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, and Alex Killorn. Read more »
Photo: Forward Josh Ho-Sang is one of four New York Islanders prospects who are currently playing Canadian major junior hockey. Ho-Sang was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The junior prospects for the New York Islanders have had strong starts to the 2014-15 season. Many of the Islanders junior prospects recently turned pro, so there are only four prospects currently playing in the CHL.
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Photo: Hulking winger Adam Lowry made his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets this season. Lowry was a third round pick at the 2011 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Below is the 11-20 segment of the Hockey’s Future 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference purposes, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF’s prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Each team’s rank from the previous rankings is listed in parentheses.
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Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel is currently tied for second in scoring in NCAA Hockey with 13 points in seven games (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
The opening month of the 2014-15 NCAA hockey season featured a number of excellent prospect performances as well as a few surprises. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at the month of October around the college hockey world. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Nov. 10th. Read more »
Photo: Justin Kirkland is averaging over a point per game, and according to Nashville GM David Poile he is just discovering his offensive potential (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Milwaukee Admirals, the Nashville Predators‘ AHL affiliate, have one of the league’s youngest rosters, including four players who age-wise could have spent an overage season in junior hockey. With so many Predators prospects playing for the Admirals — and several others either in Europe or playing college hockey — Nashville has just three prospects playing major junior hockey this season.
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Photo: Defenseman Robert Hagg is one of several promising defensive prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers drafted seven defensemen in the past two seasons including Hagg, as well as first round picks Sam Morin and Travis Sanheim. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey’s Future 2014-15 Fall NHL team rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference purposes, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF’s prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Each team’s rank from the previous rankings is listed in parentheses. Read more »
Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Iiro Pakarinen (L) celebrates his team’s win over the Buffalo Sabres, a game in which Pakarinen scored his first NHL goal (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
In just his second NHL game, Edmonton Oilers forward Iiro Pakarinen netted his first NHL goal in the Oilers’ come-from-behind, 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Read more »