The Vancouver Canucks figure to have a new look in the coming years with new general manager Jim Benning and a new head coach in Willie Desjardins. The makeover in Vancouver started on Friday afternoon even before the 2014 NHL Draft began when the Canucks engineered a series of trades — one of which sent veteran Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks in a multi-player deal.
The Hockey’s Future Organizational Rankings are an assessment of the overall state of each NHL team’s system of prospects. An overall ranking is given, and strengths and weaknesses are identified. The ranking will be posted in installments every few days. Teams ranked 21-30 are found below, with previous rank in parentheses.
The rankings were compiled by a committee of staff members using Hockey’s Future’s prospect criteria. For information on individual prospects for each of the NHL teams, feel free to visit the various team, league, or country pages here at Hockey’s Future.
30. Colorado Avalanche (30)
Strengths: Aside from Wojtek Wolski and Marek Svatos, the Colorado Avalanche has simply a handful of boom or bust players. University of New Hampshire forward Sean Collins is a college star, Ryan Steeves has promise and newly drafted Denis Parshin might be the most talented player in the system, however, all have significant obstacles to overcome. Center Cody McCormick spent time in the NHL last year but contributed little statistically. On the blueline, Johnny Boychuk, Mikko Kalteva and Tomas Slovak are average and few would consider goaltender Peter Budaj a possible future starter.