Photo: Taken 13th overall in 2011, Sven Baertschi is the best offensive player the Flames have had in their system in many years. (Ken McKenna/HF)
The Calgary Flames currently own the 14th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Last year, the Flames drafted Swiss forward, Sven Baertschi, who has since dominated the WHL by producing a two-point per game pace. This upcoming draft will yet again be a big step for the Calgary Flames, as they attempt find another gem midway through the first round.
Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations 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.
Photo: Forward Bill Arnold (left) has been an important part of Boston College's success this season. (Photo courtesy of
Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Sophomore Bill Arnold has been a key contributor to Boston College's success not only on the offensive side, but on the defensive side as well. In February, he became the hero of the Beanpot Championship after scoring the game-winner in overtime to defeat nemesis Boston University 3-2.
Photo: Selected 24th overall, Mikael Backlund has developed into a solid top-six center at the NHL level. (Photo courtesy of the NHL)
The 2007 draft started with the Calgary Flames lacking picks in either the 2nd or 3rd round, but with multiple picks in both the 5th and 6th. Darryl Sutter managed to make a number of deals, including trading down in the first round from 18th to 24th where they selected a piece of the future of their top six. In the end the Flames only selected five players in what was seen as a very "safe" draft class.
Mikael Backlund, C, Vasteras (SWE) – 1st round, 24th overall
Status: NHL Player
Games Played in NHL: 138
Photo: Joni Ortio is currently in his first full season of North American professional hockey. Through eight games with the Abbotsford Heat he has a goals against average of 2.88 and a record of 1-4. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The Abbotsford Heat have so far had a successful 2011-12 campaign. After a disappointing year in 2010-11, they find themselves not only in the upper echelon of their conference, but vying for their second playoff appearance in franchise history.
Though most of the Flames prospects playing for the Heat are of the "grinder" mold there are several who are showing top end potential.
Greg Nemisz, RW, 21