Photo: Selected first overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, center Nathan MacKinnon has made a smooth transition to the NHL level. (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Below is the 21-30 segment of the Hockey's Future 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 for each club are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, with this ranking meant to represent the state of the prospect pools in the early stages of the 2013-14 season.
Photo: The second of two Canucks selections in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Hunter Shinkaruk had a strong showing in preseason play before returning to Medicine Hat (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
In what some prognosticators are dubbing the most significant draft since the Sedins were drafted in 1999, the Canucks addressed multiple areas of concern, specifically their forward depth, during the 2013 NHL Draft.
Photo: Oshawa Generals forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Cole Cassels is off to a good start offensively in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
From 1999 thru 2002, Andrew Cassels spent three years playing centre for the Vancouver Canucks. Just over a decade later, another Cassels — his son, Cole Cassels — is hoping to make an impact on the west coast in the not-too-distant future.
Photo: Belleville Bulls captain and Vancouver Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce is competing in his fourth, and likely final, season in the OHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
It took a couple of days for Vancouver Canucks’ 2012 first-round draft pick Brendan Gaunce to get over the surreal experience of suiting up with guys that he had previously only seen as pixels or images on a TV screen. But it’s all part of the growing process for the 19-year-old centre and will help in his continued development as one of the OHL’s top players.
Photo: Anton Rodin, Vancouver’s only prospect skating in Europe during the 2013-14 season, is off to a hot start with three goals and 11 points in 11 SHL games for Brynas (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
With a much needed infusion of forward talent, thanks to a bumper crop provided by the 2013 NHL Draft, the Vancouver Canucks prospect cupboards look less bare.