Photo: Defenseman Patrick Sieloff has delivered highlight reel hits and provided a crease-clearing presence in his first junior season with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Calgary Flames have eight prospects at the junior level this year: one in the OHL, one in the QMJHL, and six in the WHL. The three forwards are an offensively skilled mix of size, speed, scoring, and playmaking abilities that all bring very different attributes to the table. The four defensemen are a blend of size, grit, and physicality along with good offensive skills led by second round picks Tyler Wotherspoon and Patrick Sieloff. The goalie is a raw talent that has been his team's starter for two years and has given the Flames organization more depth at the goaltending position.
Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect John Gaudreau has been a scoring machine since joining the Eagles program, and he has carried that offense over to the 2013 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
To those that follow NCAA hockey, seeing John Gaudreau's name among the goal-scoring leaders at the 2013 World Junior Championship is not a big surprise. The Boston College forward has been tearing it up offensively this season after helping lead that team to a National Championship in 2012 in his freshman season.
Photo: Though the Columbus Blue Jackets added several important prospects this past off-season, none were more prominent than defenseman Ryan Murray, who was selected second overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Below is the bottom third of the NHL Team Rankings in terms of prospects as voted on by 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 a year, with the second scheduled to be published in the Spring.
Photo: After spending most of his 2011-12 season with the Flames, center Roman Horak has opened his 2012-13 season with a goal-per-game pace for Abbotsford in the AHL. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
After years of poor draft selections, trading away draft picks to try to win now, and bad development of their prospects, the Calgary Flames have slowly improved their organizational depth and talent pool over the last few years. The Flames still have a lot of work to do in order for their farm system to be where a smaller market team, in today's NHL cap world, needs to be for success as a franchise.
Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Bill Arnold has played an important role in the success Boston College has experienced the past couple of seasons (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
Bill Arnold is off to a hot start for Boston College as he continues to develop into one of the most dominant two-way forwards in college hockey.