Forward Andy Miele will again be relied upon as a main source of offense for the Coyotes' AHL affiliate Portland Pirates to open the 2012-13 season. (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)
Although the lockout might cause some disappointment for Brandon Gormley and David Rundblad, two players on the cusp of full-time NHL duty, there is still the good news of them being able to further develop their high-level skills in the AHL. Gormley and Rundblad along with fellow Phoenix Coyotes prospects playing in the Europe, junior and the NCAA still have a full season ahead to prove their worth as prospects, regardless of the situation with the NHL.
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.