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: Forward Matt Frattin (center) is known for his hard, accurate shot. In 23 AHL games, Frattin managed 14 goals. (Photo courtesy of Nick Turchiaro/Icon SMI)
The Maple Leafs rebuild process has been a slow one, but the emergence of a few minor-league prospects could accelerate the process as soon as next season. Both Jesse Blacker and Jerry D'Amigo garnered multiple honors in the inaugural edition of the Maple Leaf's prospect awards.
Prospect of the Year: Ben Scrivens, G, Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Photo: Spencer Abbot signed an entry-level deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs following an illustrious senior season with Maine. (Photo courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Spencer Abbott just concluded an excellent senior season where he led the nation in scoring with 62 points (21 goals, 42 assists) in 39 games at the University of Maine. In addition to being named a "Hobey Hat Trick" finalist, he was also named the Hockey East Player of the Year and was recently selected to the All-America East First team.
Photo: Goalie Grant Rollheiser recently finished his fourth season as a backup for Boston University. (Photo courtesy of Duncan Williams/Icon SMI)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a handful of 2011 selections playing in Europe and the NCAA this season. Tyler Biggs, Max Everson, and Eric Knodel all debuted as rookies in the NCAA.