Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand was one of just three WHL players to hit the 50-goal mark in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
In the 2013-14 season regular season, the WHL featured a talented variety of wingers that are currently NHL prospects. The focus of this article is on the those WHL wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team, six of whom have signed NHL contracts. Our ranking consists of seven Canadians and three imports. Seven toiled in the WHL’s Western Conference, and our ranking contains a couple sets of teammates.
Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko, currently skating in the QMJHL for the Quebec Remparts, was ranked 21st in the Fall edition of the rankings but dropped to 31st in the Spring update (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 31-40. This section of the ranking is particularly deep with offensively talented forwards, led by Mikhail Grigorenko, Nicolas Petan, and Max Domi.
Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk has taken on a leadership role with the Attack this season as that team’s captain (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
For Owen Sound Attack captain Zach Nastasiuk, sports is bred in the bone. But despite his father reaching the pinnacle of Canadian gridiron success, the only Detroit professional squad Zach would ever play for would be the Red Wings — never the Lions.
Photo: Anthony Mantha reached the 50-goal mark in 67 games during his draft year, but he has already equaled that total through 49 games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
With the graduation of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Brian Lashoff from the prospects ranks, the Detroit Red Wings have seen the first wave of their youth movement arrive in the NHL. The door has been opened for new prospects to enter the ranks of the Top 20, with Mitch Callahan and Luke Glendening taking full advantage.
Photo: Barrie Colts forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou has put together an impressive 2013-14 season to date, posting 79 points in 51 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Barrie Colts forward Andreas Athanasiou is among the scoring leaders in the OHL and on Thursday night added to his totals in a 9-2 drubbing of the Niagara IceDogs at the Gatorade Garden City Complex in St. Catharines, ON.