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.
Photo: Defenseman Brandon Gormley was traded from the Moncton Wildcats to the Shawinigan Cataractes late in the 2011-12 regular season. The move has paid off for Shawinigan as Gormley has been a key contributor for them at the Memorial Cup. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
The Phoenix Coyotes AHL affiliate in Portland failed to qualify for the post-season, leaving a number of team prospects out in the cold when it comes to playoff hockey. There were however several prospects in the CHL and in Europe that performed well for their respective teams.
Here are some of the stand-out performances from those Coyotes prospects who were lucky enough to have their seasons extended into the playoffs:
Among the Phoenix prospects who play in the Canadian Hockey League, the best playoff performances were turned in by two players who have so far taken very different routes in their young careers.
Photo: David Rundblad is among the numerous very talented defensemen in the Phoenix Coyotes organization. (Photo courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Phoenix Coyotes prospects pool has been highlighted by a strong group of defensemen for the past few years. The club has used their first round pick in the NHL Draft to take a defenseman in each of the past three years and have a group of young blueliners that rank right up there with the best in the NHL.