Sniper Chris Kreider recently joined the Rangers for their extended 2012 playoff run. Kreider has been one of the Rangers top prospects since he was drafted in in 2009. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)
Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings 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.
Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Jamie Oleksiak and his Niagara IceDogs teammates made a nice run through the OHL playoffs but ultimately fell short of their goal of competing for the Memorial Cup (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
It was a disappointing season for the Dallas Stars as they failed to qualify for the postseason despite winning 42 games over the course of the National Hockey League's 82-game docket.
Photo: Jack Campbell ended his junior career at the conclusion of Sault Ste. Marie's regular season. The change of scenery couldn't come soon enough for Campbell, who was wildly inconsistent during his two years in the OHL. (Photo courtesy of CHL Images)
Below is the inaugural edition of the Dallas Stars prospect awards. The Stars have a wide-array of prospects and their depth is illustrated in the awards.
Most Improved Prospect: Alex Guptill, LW, Michigan Wolverines (CCHA)
Photo: Boston University standout Alex Chiasson recently signed an entry-level deal with Dallas. (Photo courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
The Dallas Stars scour the NCAA and Europe regularly for young players and as a result have a number of quality prospects in both fields. Of the top-20 prospects in the Dallas organization, 11 of them – at some point or another – played at the NCAA level or in Europe. Many of their prominent collegiate prospects have recently turned pro and their best European prospect – Patrik Nemeth – is expected to move to the AHL next season.
Photo: forward Austin Smith exploded offensively this past season, managing 36 goals and 21 assists in 39 games. (Photo courtesy of Ed Wolfstein/Icon SMI)
Austin Smith was one of the three "Hobey Hat Trick" finalists this year after a sensational season in which he led the nation in goal scoring with 36 and finishing third with 57 points (36 goals, 21 assists) in 39 games with the Colgate Raiders. Smith's excellent senior campaign earned him numerous honors, including the ECAC Player of the Year and a selection to the All-America East First team.