Photo: Despite having a shoulder injury needing repair, the Vancouver Canucks made Calgary Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen their top pick at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The Vancouver Canucks figure to have a new look in the coming years with new general manager Jim Benning and a new head coach in Willie Desjardins. The makeover in Vancouver started on Friday afternoon even before the 2014 NHL Draft began when the Canucks engineered a series of trades — one of which sent veteran Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks in a multi-player deal.
Photo: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad (left) and forwards Sam Reinhart (center) and Sam Bennett (right) will learn where they begin their professional careers at the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images and Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Now that the Los Angeles Kings have hoisted their second Stanley Cup in three years, the hockey world can now focus on the 2014 NHL Draft that will take place on June 27th and 28th at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Photo: The Canucks selected Bo Horvat ninth overall, then the club’s earliest pick since 1999, at the 2013 NHL Draft. Vancouver will move up to sixth overall in 2014 (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
It may have been former General Manager Mike Gillis that coined the term "reset," but it is the current tandem of President Trevor Linden and new General Manager Jim Benning that will enact a true organizational reset for the Vancouver Canucks.
Photo: Rookie defenseman Frank Corrado, winner of the Canucks’ Best Defensive Prospect award, played in 15 NHL games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
It would be easy to focus on the negative aspects of a season in which the Vancouver Canucks failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Photo: Forward Linden Vey is one of several Los Angeles Kings prospects to make his NHL debut during the 2013-14 season. Vey appeared in 18 games for the Kings. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future 2014 Spring NHL Team Rankings. The teams are ranked in terms of the quality of their overall prospect pool as voted on by members of the HF staff. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The ranking is done twice a year, with this edition being an update to the Fall ranking. For reference, each team's previous rank is listed in parenthesis.