Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Blend of top-end talent
- Speed, grit, tenacity
- Balance at forward position
- No defense prospects with top-pairing upside
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 exciting playoff run that the Phoenix Coyotes enjoyed may have ended in disappointment. But for two of the organization's prospects, the conclusion of their 2011-12 season ended on a much higher note.
The Phoenix Coyotes AHL affiliate in Portland failed to qualify for the post-season, leaving a number of team prospects out in the cold when it comes to playoff hockey. There were however several prospects in the CHL and in Europe that performed well for their respective teams.
Here are some of the stand-out performances from those Coyotes prospects who were lucky enough to have their seasons extended into the playoffs:
Among the Phoenix prospects who play in the Canadian Hockey League, the best playoff performances were turned in by two players who have so far taken very different routes in their young careers.
The Phoenix Coyotes prospects pool has been highlighted by a strong group of defensemen for the past few years. The club has used their first round pick in the NHL Draft to take a defenseman in each of the past three years and have a group of young blueliners that rank right up there with the best in the NHL.
For Brandon Gormley personally, the 2012 World Junior Championship was a success. The Phoenix Coyotes prospect was named to the tournament All-Star Team for his good showing over the past 10 days. But Gormley and his Canadian teammates came away disappointed over the team’s bronze medal finish, especially given the fact that this tournament amounted to one, long home stand for the team.
Gormley talked to the media following Canada’s win over Finland in the WJC’s bronze medal game.