Photo: The Montreal Canadiens went for defense with their first pick at the 2011 NHL Draft with the selection of the Saint John Sea Dogs' Nathan Beaulieu (courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)
The 2011-12 NHL season for the Montreal Canadiens was one of the worst in their storied history. The team finished a tumultuous year having fired an assistant coach, a head coach, and a GM while accumulating only 78 points, good for last place in the Eastern Conference.
Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations 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: Shutdown defenseman Jarred Tinordi has been an important part of the London Knights this season. Standing at 6'7, Tinordi is among the tallest players in the OHL. (Photo courtesy of CHL Images)
The Montreal Canadiens' prospects at the professional level were unable to gain any playoff experience this season as the teams failed to make the NHL and AHL playoffs. This spring, only the CHL prospects were experiencing playoff hockey as the European and NCAA prospects had already finished up for their years.
Photo: Former first-round pick Louis Leblanc showed flashes of his potential in the 2011-12 season. Leblanc is on a shortlist of players who are expected to have breakout seasons in 2012-13. (Photo courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)
The 2012 HF Awards are based on the Canadiens prospects 2011-12 regular seasons performances in all the leagues in which they have played this year. The award winners are selected by the HF writers and decided on after all the opinions of the HF staff have been tabulated.