Photo: Phoenix Coyotes defensive prospect Brandon Gormley tops the latest ranking of the team's top 20 prospects (courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon SMI)
Despite last season’s acquisition of highly-regarded Swedish defenseman David Rundblad, 20-year-old blueliner Brandon Gormley has become the Phoenix Coyotes top prospect and headlines an ever improving group in the fall edition of the club’s Top 20 prospects.
Photo: Selected 27th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, winger Henrik Samuelsson is the son of former NHL defenseman and Phoenix assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
Advancing to the Western Conference Finals in the 2012 NHL playoffs, the Phoenix Coyotes entered the 2012 NHL Draft with their lowest first-round pick since 2003.
Photo: Defenseman Connor Murphy is the third defensemen in three years the Coyotes have selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. (CHL Images)
The Phoenix Coyotes surprising run to the Western Conference Finals may have dropped them a few places in this year's NHL Draft, but you certainly won't hear them complaining. The Coyotes hold the 27h overall pick in the draft and will be selecting outside of the top 10 for the third straight year-proving the club's success over that span.
Sniper Chris Kreider recently joined the Rangers for their extended 2012 playoff run. Kreider has been one of the Rangers top prospects since he was drafted in in 2009. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)
Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings 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: Shawinigan Cataractes defenseman Brandon Gormley holds the Memorial Cup Trophy high following his team's 2-1 OT win over the London Knights in the championship game (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)
The exciting playoff run that the Phoenix Coyotes enjoyed may have ended in disappointment. But for two of the organization's prospects, the conclusion of their 2011-12 season ended on a much higher note.