Photo: T.J. Brodie turned in a strong debut with the Calgary Flames in 2011-12, but the lockout will keep the offensively-minded blueliner in the AHL for the 2012-13 season. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
The Calgary Flames prospect pool appears to be on the upswing. A blue-chip prospect on the verge of NHL stardom like Sven Baertschi will do that for an organization, of course, but there are also a handful of prospects who earned NHL experience during the club's 2011-12 campaign. The organization boasts several high-upside prospects developing at lower levels of play as well, giving the Flames as strong a pipeline as they have had in recent years.
Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect John Gaudreau hopes to be a part of the United States squad for the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
After being cut from the United States World Junior team last winter, John Gaudreau had doubts about his hockey career. But in fact, being cut has helped Gaudreau take his game to the next level for Boston College.
Photo: A forward for Stanstead College in Quebec, Mark Jankowski was one of the riskier selections made in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
Having just missed out on the 2012 post-season, the Calgary Flames were in almost the exact same draft spot headed into the 2012 NHL Draft (14th overall) as they were in 2011 (13th overall). The organization did not stand pat at that position however and traded back seven spots with the Buffalo Sabres, picking up a second round pick in the process.
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.