Photo: Talented defenseman Oscar Klefbom has the look of player that could be an important part of the Edmonton Oilers defense for many years to come (courtesy of
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The Edmonton Oilers possess some good, young talent in the forward ranks, including last year's first overall selection, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and budding offensive star Jordan Eberle. But the Oilers also possess some impressive prospects in the defense corps, including the top player in this grouping of HF's ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects, Oscar Klefbom.
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Brandon Saad overcame a disappointing drop in the draft ranks by turning in a strong 2011-12 campaign (courtesy of CHL Images)
Moving on to the next group in Hockey's Future's ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects, we again find seven more players that were not included in the last ranking of the top prospects, along with three that were ranked in the Fall version of this list. No team is represented more than once with the group being fairly evenly distributed among the five positions.
Current TSN Hockey Analyst Craig Button is now looking at the game from the media perspective, but has also spent a good portion of his hockey career as an active participant via his stints in the NHL as a player personnel executive. Button has spent time with several NHL teams, including the Minnesota/Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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The 2011-12 season brought another solid NHL rookie crop, with players such as Gabriel Landeskog and Cody Hodgson making their mark as players to watch in coming seasons.
Photo: Power forward Gabriel Landeskog was selected by Hockey's Future's staff to be the 2012 Calder Winner, an award given to the top rookie in the NHL. (Photo courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)
Hockey's Future polled their staff to find out who their choice was for the 2012 Calder Trophy. It was a tight race between Colorado forward Gabriel Landeskog and Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, with Landeskog eventually taking the honor.