Top 50: Scheifele, Rundblad slide into unfamiliar territory in the Fall ranking

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Simon Despres - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: A quick start to his pro career and an impressive NHL debut defensively led to Simon Despres' improved ranking. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The 31-40 spots in Hockey’s Future’s Top 50 prospect rankings feature players who were all ranked in the Spring edition, though many saw a great deal of movement from their previous spots. The 2012 NHL Draft can be partially to blame for some of the prospects moving down the list, as there are numerous new faces at the top of the rankings, but two players in particular, Mark Scheifele (WPG) and David Rundblad (PHX) saw a dramatic drop from their previous spots.

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Top 50: Derrick Pouliot leads first group in Fall edition of the rankings

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Derrick Pouliot - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: The ninth overall selection in the 2012 draft, Derrick Pouliot's high-end offensive skill and hockey sense rank him among the league's top defensive prospects. (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Fall edition of Hockey's Future's ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects begins with the prospects ranked 41-50. The addition of the 2012 NHL Draft picks to an already diverse and talented NHL prospect pool presented the committee with a formidable challenge. The result is a diverse group of prospects at different stages in their development, from those on the verge of NHL stardom to project players who are still years away from helping their NHL club on a nightly basis. 

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Top 50: NHL prospects that missed the cut

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Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Brayden McNabb was one of a group of NHL prospects that received consideration for HF's ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects (courtesy of

Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
 

With HF's Spring ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects now in the books, we'll take a look at some of the players that were on the bubble but ultimately didn't make it into this latest ranking.

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Top 50: Nugent-Hopkins tops Spring rankings

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Photo: Despite a season shortened by injury, Edmonton Oilers prospect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had much to smile about during his NHL rookie season (courtesy of

John Cordes/Icon SMI)

When is an NHL player no longer an NHL prospect? For the NHL, it is after the player has appeared in 25 games in one NHL season. At Hockey's Future, though, we stretch that number to 65 cumulative games since very few players are truly NHL material after 25 games in a single season.

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Top 50: Islanders’ prospects bookend next group of prospects

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Photo: New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome is one of two of that club's prospects to make the 11-20 group in this Top 50 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

 

 

 

The New York Islanders have been frequent holders of high draft picks in recent NHL Drafts. But, while the effects on the team's in-season performance resulting from the lofty drafting positions have so far been negligible, there does appear to be some hope on the horizon for the Islanders.

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