Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Rourke Chartier has turned a strong start to his 2014-15 season into an invite to the Team Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Several high-profile prospects have gotten off to great starts this season and are riding that success into the middle portion of the 2014-15 campaign. First round draft selections scoring at a point-per-game in junior hockey is nothing to sneeze at, but when mid-round selections are scoring nearly two points-per-game and leading their respective league in scoring, you take notice. Read more»
Photo: C.J. Yakimowicz has used his skating ability to help increase his offensive output in his second season with the London Knights (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
After so many players were lost to graduation, the St. Louis Blues’ prospect pool looked, for the most part, drained. With a very strong draft last year, the St. Louis Blues have put together a very promising group of prospects at the junior level. Leading the charge is the doubled-headed dragon of Ivan Barbashev and Robby Fabbri, who have helped replenish the center depth in the Blues’ system. Read more»
Photo: Adirondack Flames rookie forward and Calgary Flames prospect Emile Poirier has generated some offense for the surging AHL Flames, who currently sit second in the North Division (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
While the Eastern Conference has seen some teams off to hot starts early this season, the best three records in the American Hockey League (AHL) currently belong to the Western Conference – and that doesn’t even include last year’s Calder Cup champion Texas Stars, who are currently just eighth best in the conference. The Midwest Division alone is home to three of the league’s top five teams through the first seven weeks of the season, providing some entertaining hockey to fans out West. Read more»
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.
Photo: Petteri Lindbohm is making the transition to North American hockey in 2014-15 with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
Last season, the St. Louis Blues looked quite thin down the middle and had very few standout players at other levels of hockey. After the 2014 NHL Draft, the Blues look much better at center with the additions of Ivan Barbashev and Robby Fabbri. They also continue to maintain strong depth at the goaltending position, as both Jordan Binnington and Jake Allen are considered high-level prospects.