Photo: After playing the past three seasons in Finland, defenseman Sami Vatanen made his way to North America and currently plays for the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Below is the middle section Hockey’s Future’s NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by the staff of Hockey's Future. 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 a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.
Photo: Winger Jared Knight has made his professional debut this season, playing for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
Outside of Tyler Seguin, the Boston Bruins have not had much to show for their efforts at the draft table under General Manager Peter Chiarelli. Jordan Caron is the only other player drafted by Chiarelli with more than a dozen NHL games played, and even he has not cemented himself a place in Boston's lineup yet. However there is reason for optimism, defenseman Dougie Hamilton is one of the best prospects in the world and the Bruins have one of the deepest and most talented stable of goaltending prospects in the NHL.
Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Alex Fallstrom is off to a good start in his senior season at Harvard University (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
After fighting injuries during his first two seasons at Harvard, Alex Fallstrom has been able to stay healthy and has turned himself into a reliable, two-way hockey player at the collegiate level.
Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Matt Benning plied his trade in the AJHL last season and has now moved over to the USHL (courtesy of Dubuque Fighting Saints)
Matt Benning and Peter Quenneville have three things in common:
They are both from Alberta.
They both played in the AJHL for two years.
And they are teammates on the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Photo: Now in his second full season of professional hockey, Carter Camper is expected to be a major offensive contributor for the Providence Bruins of the AHL. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins have an important crop of youngsters coming up through the system. Their minor league affiliate got a boost from two of Boston's best forward prospects in Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight. The Bruins are also well represented in the OHL with three potential Team Canada candidates in Dougie Hamilton, Malcolm Subban, and Seth Griffith, and in college where one of last year's best freshmen, Brian Ferlin, will be joined by two more talented youngsters in Matt Grzelcyk and Zane Gothberg.