This edition of the Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 ranking includes a handful of new names, led by 2014 first-round pick Nick Schmaltz debuting in the second spot behind incumbent top prospect Teuvo Teravainen.
The one place the Carolina Hurricanes have benefited from five seasons out of the postseason is in the prospect department. Carolina has selected in the top 12 in four of the last five drafts, giving them a core of solid young players on which to rebuild the franchise and return to the playoffs.
A revamped Coyotes prospect pool suddenly boasts a plethora of two-way forwards who can generate offense off the forecheck. Until this offseason, the Arizona Coyotes prospect pool has been overstocked by promising young defensemen threatening to die on the vine. However, since the 2013-14 trade deadline, general manager Don Maloney has methodically balanced the prospect pool.
The Los Angeles Kings had a number of prospects step up and have statement years in 2013-14, but the Fall 2014 Top 20 list features a number of prospects who are going to be pushed by new challenges. Not only is there a new No. 1 prospect on the list, but nine players of the 20 are going to be potentially looking at their first full year in their respective leagues. The Kings also acquired a few new faces via draft and trade that are a welcomed addition to the list as well as the pipeline. With new surroundings, a big step up for many, and at least a few heading towards graduation, the list could look very different come next summer.