Photo: Winger Sean Collins is one of several big-bodied forwards in the Blue Jackets system. Collins was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)
The Springfield Falcons, the AHL affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets, are once again fielding a strong group of players and are at the top of the AHL's Northeast Division. Springfield is loaded with NHL quality prospects, many of whom have already seen some time in Columbus.
Photo: London Knights forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Josh Anderson will be traveling to Toronto this weekend to take part in Team Canada’s selection camp for the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
At one point, no OHL team wanted Josh Anderson to pull their sweater over his head. But that day of disappointment is long in the rear-view mirror as the London Knights' 6’2" power forward has driven himself to becoming not only an NHL draft pick, but also on the short list to don the red and white of Team Canada during the upcoming 2014 World Junior Championship.
Photo: Erie Otters goaltender and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk has bounced between Sweden and North America in recent years, including a stint in the Shattuck St. Mary’s program (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Oscar Dansk’s journey in life has taken him from Sweden to the U.S., back to Sweden, and now finds him holding down the fort in between the pipes in Erie, PA. And the Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect is hoping that his next journey will be with his Otters’ teammates deep into the OHL playoffs.
Photo: Forward Josh Anderson is currently amidst a breakout season with the London Knights. The 19-year-old winger has 10 goals and nine assists through 24 games in the OHL. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Columbus Blue Jackets seem to be drawn to the OHL. Five of their eight prospects playing junior hockey hail from Ontario's league, led by goaltender Oscar Dansk and wingers Kerby Rychel and Josh Anderson. The three prospects not playing in the OHL are Oliver Bjorkstrand, Peter Quenneville, and Dillon Heatherington, who all play in the WHL.
Photo: Picked third overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2013 NHL Draft, Jonathan Drouin brings elite skill to an already deep and talented group of Lightning prospects. (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Hockey's Future presents the top grouping of the Fall NHL Team Rankings. The staff's ranking of each NHL team's system is based on the strength of the entire prospect pool. 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 this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.