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.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Depth at Center
- Deep and diverse group of defensemen
- Many prospects are high risk/high reward
- Lack of depth at Wing
Legend of Players' Leagues
- Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
- Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
- Playing in NCAA
- Playing in Europe
- Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
- Not Categorized Yet
Years of stockpiling high draft picks has started to pay off for the Islanders, something that is demonstrated in the inaugural edition of their prospect awards.
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Former New York Islanders 1st overall draft pick John Tavares has taken a huge step in development in each of his first three seasons in the NHL. Picked with the hope of one day leading the New York Islanders into regular contention, the franchise has been expecting him to also lead the way in the scoring department, something he’s done in each of his three seasons with the team, going from 54 to 67 to 81 points over this period of time.
Anders Lee is one of a handful of immensely talented players representing the New York Islanders in the NCAA. Projected as a top-nine forward, Lee is thought to already have an NHL-ready frame. (Photo courtesy of Zumapress/Icon SMI)
The New York Islanders have stockpiled some very serious talent in the NCAA, SEL, and KHL. Most of these young guns need a few more years of seasoning before joining the Isles, though one of them, Brock Nelson, could be ready as soon as next year. Nelson is fresh off signing an entry-level contract with the Islanders after a breakout collegiate season. So far he is the only NCCA player to have signed a contract with the Isles this season, but more will be joining him in the next few years.
Nineteen-year-old Andrey Pedan is among those Russians who preferred venturing in the Canadian junior leagues system, rather than going for the usual route for European players; playing junior hockey back home then signing a contract directly with their draft team several years later. "My agent Alexei Dementiev advised me to go and play in the OHL, and this is what I did as I completely trust him. I think it was a good decision, I already adapted to the small ice surface last year and this year I further improved my game", Pedan said in Russian.