Photo: London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi and his London Knights teammates fell just short of a Memorial Cup championship. Tinordi is a top prospect of the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Below is the bottom third of the ranking of the prospect depth of the NHL organizations 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: Former first-round pick Jordan Schroeder has developed slow but steadily over the past two years in the AHL. The forward is expected to battle for spot in the NHL over the next two seasons. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon SMI)
The Canucks aren't blessed with an overly deep group of prospects, but there are a few players at the top of the list that have some good potential and upside, the most notable being Nicklas Jensen. There are a lot of project-type players in the system as well, many of whom have a lot of raw and untapped potential. The strength of the organization continues to remain in between the pipes, headlined by Eddie Lack.
1. (2) Nicklas Jensen, RW, 7.5C
Drafted, 1st round, 29th overall, 2011
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Jannik Hansen has spent the better part of the last two seasons solidifying his role as a regular with the Vancouver Canucks. After having been in last year's Stanley Cup Finals, he’s now helping out Denmark at the 2012 World Championships in Stockholm after a disappointing first round loss to the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s NHL playoffs.
Forward Cody Hodgson of the OHL‘s Brampton Battalion was the toast of the junior hockey world in the 2008-09 season. He was named CHL Player of the Year, as well as the Hockey’s Future Prospect of the Year for 2009.
It was expected that Hodgson would take a run at a full-time job in the NHL during the 2009 training camp of the Vancouver Canucks. Instead, Hodgson suffered a back injury that had kept him out of action for the first few months of the 2009-10 season.
Hodgson returned to action the other night, picking up a couple of assists in his season debut for the Battalion. The CHL celebrated his return with a press conference that included Hodgson and his coach, Stan Butler, which is presented in its entirety in this HF Podcast.
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