Many of the WHL’s top players achieve success due in part to their versatility, as most forwards will take a spin from time to time at the center position.
The following ranking includes wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team. A total of eight are signed NHL entry-level contracts. Our ranking consists of five Canadians, one American and four imports with six currently toiling in the WHL’s Western Conference. Additionally, our ranking contains a couple pairs of potential NHL teammates. Read more»
After five seasons of not making the playoffs, the Calgary Flames appear to be on the verge of returning to post-season action. The emergences of Johnny Gaudreau and Josh Jooris have assisted in the drive for the playoffs and are among the top ranking prospects in the system. Meanwhile, the AHL’s Adirondack Flames also find themselves in the playoff hunt with key contributions from Emile Poirier and Joni Ortio. Michael Ferland and Ryan Culkin make their first appearances on the Top 20 list, while Sven Baertschi has graduated from prospect status.
The Brandon Wheat Kings already were a strong club in the WHL prior to that league’s 2015 trade deadline, but they look like a contender for a WHL championship now that the deadline has passed. The Wheat Kings site just three points behind the WHL-leading Kelowna Rockets while trying to stay ahead of a determined Medicine Hat Tigers squad. Read more»
When an organization undergoes a rebuilding process, it is essential to have in place a system of prospects that can provide quality support at each level. With the recent rash of injuries, the Calgary Flames find themselves in a fortunate position to have a system of prospects that can be relied upon when required.
It has been a long time since the Calgary Flames have had a deep talent pool like the current group developing at each position. The Flames were fortunate to add four first-round picks to their system in the past two years, which includes a pair of centers from Ontario in Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett, who became the highest pick in team history when selected fourth overall in the 2014 NHL draft.