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.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Deep and skilled group of goaltenders
- Skill/speed of left wingers
- Increasing size and skill of defensemen
- Leadership, character, grit, and speed of prospects
- Elite top line scoring
- Mobile/offensive defenseman
- Lacking depth at right wing
Legend of Players' Leagues
- Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
- Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
- Playing in NCAA
- Playing in Europe
- Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
- Not Categorized Yet
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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.
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.
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.
In line with their recent drafting tendencies, the Calgary Flames have a number of top prospects playing in the Western Hockey League. Headlined by top prospect Sven Baertschi, Calgary also has a pair of forward prospects vying for spots on Team Canada's 2012 World Junior roster.
Sven Baertschi, LW, Portland Winterhawks
Sven Baertschi has very quickly shown why he was worthy of the 13th overall selection in the 2011 draft. Due to his time at Flames training camp, combined with an early season hip injury, Baertschi missed a significant amount of time at the start of the year. Despite these challenges he has managed to put up some impressive numbers. In just 24 games played this year Baertschi has posted 12 goals and 42 assists. His stunning rate of 2.25 points per game is best in the WHL.