Hockey's Future presents the top group of the 2014 Spring 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 rankings are done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall rankings. Each team's Fall ranking is listed in parenthesis next to their current ranking.
Yanni Gourde, Étienne Marcoux and Alex Dubeau were named today the TELUS three stars of the week for the period spanning December 5th to the 11th, 2011.
Victoriaville Tigres left-winger Yanni Gourde is the first star after having collected a total of 8 points in two games. He’s tied with Acadie Bathurst’s right-winger Zach O’Brien for the scoring lead at 61 points. Friday, in a 5-3 decision against the Rimouski Océanic, he scored the winning goal while registering 4 points. During Saturday’s tight game against the Rouyn-Noranada Huskies, he scored 1 goal and added 3 assists for a total of 4 points.
The second star is awarded to Blainville-Boisbriand goaltender Étienne Marcoux. Friday, in a 6-1 win against the Val-d’Or Foreurs, he stopped 13 shots and celebrated his 10th win of the season. He had a shutout on Saturday against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and was named the first star of the game after having blocked 30 shots. Despite the fact that he was injured at the beginning of the season, his record is among the best in the league with 11-3-1- 0, a goals-against -average of 2.54 and a save percentage of .911. He finished the week with 2 wins in 2 games and a save percentage of .977.