Photo: Selected first overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, center Nathan MacKinnon has made a smooth transition to the NHL level. (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future 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 for each club are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Selected in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Swedish defenseman Robert Haag brings a steady two-way presence to the Flyers blue line. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers prospect pool has been suffering for some time now. Though the organization may have several serviceable prospects such as Scott Laughton or Samuel Morin, there is not a whole lot of promise surrounding the team's entire group of prospects.
Photo: Forward Scott Laughton remains the top prospect for the Philadelphia Flyers. Laughton was selected 20th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
The Philadelphia Flyers are an organization in disarray. Just weeks into the 2013-14 NHL season, the organization has already fired head coach Peter Laviolette and owns a record of 1-7.
Photo: Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nick Cousins (R) will likely begin his pro career with the Flyers’ AHL farm club, the Adirondack Phantoms (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
Last year, Nick Cousins entered training camp under a cloud of suspicion and with a tremendous weight on his shoulders. A year later, that cloud and the weight have been lifted and the Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect has his focus squarely — and exclusively — on the ice.
Photo: Philadelphia Flyers’ 2012 top pick Scott Laughton has already gotten a taste of NHL action, but he may have to wait another season to become a full-time pro player (courtesy of Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
With a deep core of centers at the NHL level, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Scott Laughton knows it’s going to be tough for him to crack the pro roster. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t taking every opportunity to study his competition.