Photo: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the Edmonton Oilers' first pick, and the first overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft. (Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)
After a pair of seasons at the bottom of the standings and the top of the draft, the Edmonton Oilers managed to climb one spot, finishing 29th in the league, however Lady Luck smiled on them when the draft lottery came around and they will be selecting first overall for the third consecutive season this year in Pittsburgh.
Photo: Rookie center Adam Henrique has shown a knack for clutch scoring in the 2012 NHL playoffs. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)
While Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have watched the playoffs on high-definition telecasts, one Calder Trophy finalist has lived them firsthand, helping push his team all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
Photo: Slovak Martin Marincin is one of several defensemen in the Oilers prospect pool who can potentially develop into a solid top-four option. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon SMI)
Below is the inaugural edition of Hockey's Future's prospect awards. There is a particularly diverse group of recipients, a reflection on an Edmonton prospect pool that is amidst a full rebuild.
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When is an NHL player no longer an NHL prospect? For the NHL, it is after the player has appeared in 25 games in one NHL season. At Hockey's Future, though, we stretch that number to 65 cumulative games since very few players are truly NHL material after 25 games in a single season.
Photo: Power forward Gabriel Landeskog was selected by Hockey's Future's staff to be the 2012 Calder Winner, an award given to the top rookie in the NHL. (Photo courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)
Hockey's Future polled their staff to find out who their choice was for the 2012 Calder Trophy. It was a tight race between Colorado forward Gabriel Landeskog and Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, with Landeskog eventually taking the honor.