Photo: Acquired in a 2011 Draft day trade, forward Charlie Coyle is one of the top prospects for the Minnesota Wild and a key part of their future. (Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)
The Minnesota Wild finished with a 35-36-11 record in 2011-12, well out of reach of the eighth and final playoff berth. Like in years past, the team struggled to produce goals at the NHL level and experienced various injuries to key players.
Photo: Defenseman Matt Dumba, shown here playing for Team Cherry at the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game, is among a handful of talented defensemen available for the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/CHL Images)
There is a handful of defensemen that will be chosen in the top 10 of the 2012 NHL Draft. One of those rearguards, Matt Dumba of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels, should be among those high-end selections that will be made next Friday night.
Photo: Forward Johan Larsson was impressive this season for Brynas IF Gavle, managing 36 points in 49 games. (Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)
It was a tough postseason for the majority of the Wild's prospects. Another year out of the playoffs for the rebuilding Wild is testing the patience of the fans, though a promising youth movement is on the horizon.
Photo: Forward John Huberdeau is the top prospect for the Florida Panthers and one of the top forwards not currently playing hockey at the professional level. (Cliff Welch/Icon SMI)
Below is the final part of Hockey's Future's 2012 Spring Organizational Rankings. The rankings were determined by taking each NHL team's entire prospect pool into consideration as well as the likelihood those prospects are to meet their maximum potential. For reference, each team's top five prospects are included, as well as the players they have graduated, traded, or added to their pool over the 2011-12 season. To be eligible, a player must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
Photo: The Minnesota Wild have signed their top offensive prospect, Mikael Granlund. HF also has the Finnish star ranked among the top 10 NHL prospects (courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)
The Minnesota Wild took a major step toward improving their club from within with the signing of their top prospect, Mikael Granlund. Granlund is considered by some to be the top prospect currently playing outside of the NHL.