Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart took part in the 2012 CHL Top Propsects Game, picking up a goal for the victorious Team Orr (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/CHL Images)
Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart had a season to remember, one that included a WHL championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup Tournament. But the best will be saved for last, with Reinhart likely to be a high draft pick at next week's 2012 NHL Draft.
Photo: Defenseman Matt Dumba, shown here playing for Team Cherry at the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game, is among a handful of talented defensemen available for the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/CHL Images)
There is a handful of defensemen that will be chosen in the top 10 of the 2012 NHL Draft. One of those rearguards, Matt Dumba of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels, should be among those high-end selections that will be made next Friday night.
Photo: Though he started the 2011-12 season in the AHL, two-way winger Carl Hagelin finished it in the NHL on a line with stars Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The New York Rangers' prospects had an excellent season, as the fruits of the changes in drafting philosophy continue to bear fruit. The awards include three first round selections and two picks from the 2011 entry draft.
Photo: Griffin Reinhart has asserted himself over the course of the 2011-12 season as one of the top blueliners available in a defense heavy draft. (Zuma Press/Icon SMI)
Here's a look at Hockey's Future's top 10 prospects from the Western Hockey League, a group that includes a large batch of elite defensemen.
Photo: Finishing the season with an OHL championship and an appearance at the Memorial Cup, defenseman Scott Harrington easily saw the most post-season success of any Penguin prospect. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Only two years ago an extended run in the NHL post-season was a seeming right of passage for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and their rabid fanbase. But after two consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009, the Penguins have experienced dramatic early post-season upsets, the first in 2011 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and most recently in 2012 to the Philadelphia Flyers.