Below is the final part of Hockey's Future's 2012 Spring Organizational Rankings. The rankings were determined by taking each NHL team's entire prospect pool into consideration as well as the likelihood those prospects are to meet their maximum potential. For reference, each team's top five prospects are included, as well as the players they have graduated, traded, or added to their pool over the 2011-12 season. To be eligible, a player must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Two-way, hardworking forwards
- Depth up front and on the blue line
Legend of Players' Leagues
- Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
- Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
- Playing in NCAA
- Playing in Europe
- Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
- Not Categorized Yet
The Ducks have more than doubled their investment in both the NCAA and European pro ranks, selecting two players competing in Sweden in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and diversifying their holdings at the college level. There is currently a very diverse mix of forwards and defensemen among the European and collegiate prospect pools.
Devante Smith-Pelly (right) has been one of several young Ducks players who has had the opportunity to learn under legend Teemu Selanne. (Photo courtesy of Ray Carlin/Icon SMI)
When Teemu Selanne was first shooting pucks out of the air in celebration and lighting it up in his own record-smashing rookie season, rookie Devante Smith-Pelly was still macking mashed peas and rocking Huggies.
But this season, the 19-year-old neophyte Smith-Pelly and the ageless Finnish Flash Selanne shared a bond on the Ducks bench.
The Ducks have not been terribly aggressive in free agency or the trade market of late, but that may be a result of their burgeoning depth at the lower levels of the organization. Anaheim has stashed talent in many corners of the hockey world, building a system replete with skill and speed.
Swedish forward Rikard Rakell and his teammates weren’t even born the last time that Sweden won a gold medal at the World Junior Championship. But Rakell was one of the players that helped the team earn their first gold medal at that tournament in 31 years as they defeated Russia in overtime to win the 2012 WJC. Rakell picked up five points and pumped 35 shots on goal during the tournament, his first appearance at this event.
Rakell talked about winning the god medal following Sweden’s win over Russia. Read more»
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