Photo: Buffalo Sabres defensive prospect Rasmus Ristolainen is one of a handful of good prospects at that position. Ristolainen is a part of the prospect group ranked first in HF’s team rankings (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Hockey’s Future presents the top group of the 2014-15 Fall 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 ranking is done twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Each team’s rank from the previous rankings is listed in parentheses.
Photo: Defenseman Jake McCabe is one of several Buffalo Sabres defensive prospects who are pushing for spots in the NHL. McCabe was a second round pick from 2012. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)
Once the Buffalo Sabres are done collecting their puzzle pieces, it will be a matter of figuring out how they will all fit together. The Sabres have the cornerstones in place with Sam Reinhart at center and Rasmus Ristolainen on defense, but the short-term focus is to make sure that every prospect in the organization takes a step forward.
Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Greg McKegg doubled his point total in his second AHL, and is looking to break through to the NHL at some point in 2014-15 (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)
The Western Conference’s North Division is another AHL division with a new team as the Calgary Flames moved their AHL club from Abbotsford, BC to Glens Falls, NY. The now Adirondack Flames are in the North Division, while the Lake Erie Monsters have been moved to the Midwest Division. Read more»
Photo: Forward Jonathan Drouin, selected third overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, will begin his pro career at 2014-15. Drouin is an early favorite to win the 2015 Calder Trophy. (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects concludes with the top 10 prospects. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin narrowly beat out Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov to take top honors in this edition of the rankings.
Photo: Dynamic winger Nikolaj Ehlers turned a lot of heads in his first NHL training camp with the Winnipeg Jets. Ehlers was selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 11-20. Leading this portion of the rankings is Nikolaj Ehlers, who is one of two Winnipeg Jets prospects in this group.