Photo: Aleksander Barkov leads the Florida system. The rookie center scored eight goals and 24 points in 54 NHL games before suffering a knee injury at the Olympics (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Below is the 11-30 segment of the Hockey's Future 2014 Spring NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking. Each team’s Fall ranking is listed in parenthesis next to their Spring ranking.
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan (#19) and Nashville Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic (#28) of the Portland Winterhawks have much to smile about as they will be competing in their fourth straight WHL Championship series (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)
The defensemen, goaltenders and wingers have all been covered, so it is time to take a look at the top centers prospects that competed in the WHL during the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Binghamton Senators forward and Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel shared the team goal-scoring lead with Mike Hoffman in the 2013-14 regular season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)
There is no doubting Ottawa Senators forward prospect and Binghamton Senators' co-leading goal scorer Matt Puempel’s ability to score goals. The three-time 30-goal scorer at the OHL level was Ottawa’s first round pick (24th overall) in 2011 and, as Binghamton head coach Luke Richardson said several times, Puempel is a natural goal scorer.
Photo: Forward Robbie Baillargeon was extremely effective as a freshman with Boston University and led the Terriers with 27 points through 35 games. Baillargeon was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
The Ottawa Senators have a variety of prospects developing in Europe and at the collegiate level. There are several skilled forwards who played the 2013-14 season in the NCAA, led by Ryan Dzingel, who recently signed an entry-level contract with the Senators.
Photo: Nikita Kucherov has parlayed a hot start in the AHL with Syracuse into a full-time gig with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013-14 (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)
The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by dynamic young forward Nikita Kucherov, who is one of several promising young forwards playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.