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: New Jersey Devils rookie defenseman Damon Severson stepped right into the NHL after starring for the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets the past four seasons (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The emergence of New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson as an offensive presence after making the jump directly from junior hockey to the NHL has been a bit of a surprise. Tanner Pearson was expected to make an impact for the Los Angeles Kings after seeing regular ice time during the Stanley Cup playoffs, but few expected the eye-popping offensive numbers he has put up so far. Read more»
Photo: New York Rangers rookie forward Kevin Hayes signed with the NHL club in August after the team that drafted him, the Chicago Blackhawks, was unable to come to terms with Hayes (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)
While his former college linemate was scoring his first goal of the season a half a continent away, New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes netted his first of the 2014-15 season, and of his fledgling NHL career. Hayes’ goal was the fourth in a 4-0 win for the Rangers over the San Jose Sharks. Read more»
Photo: Calgary Flames rookie forward Josh Jooris spent three seasons playing for Union College before turning pro in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)
Not only did Josh Jooris appear in his first NHL game on Friday night, but he also netted his first NHL goal in the Calgary Flames 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Read more»
Photo: Markus Granlund returns to the AHL in 2014-15, where he is expected to produce more than the 44 points he did last season. (courtesy of Chris Austin/Icon Sportswire)
It has been a long time since the Calgary Flames have had a deep talent pool like the current group developing at each position. The Flames were fortunate to add four first-round picks to their system in the past two years, which includes a pair of centers from Ontario in Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett, who became the highest pick in team history when selected fourth overall in the 2014 NHL draft.