Top 50 NHL Prospects: Defensemen dominate the 11-20 group in the Fall rankings

By HF Staff
Noah Hanifin - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Noah Hanifin has appeared in nine games for the team in 2015-16, posting two assists in those appearances (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)



A total of five defenseman make up half of the 11-20 section in the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects. Add in a goaltender, and you have six players whose primary focus is to prevent the opposing team from generating offense.

No NHL team has is represented more than once in this grouping. Three players with OHL roots landed in this range, along with two WHL-trained players. Two Russian-born players are among the top five in this group, although one of them didn’t make his mark until moving to North America.

Below is the players ranked from 11 through 20 in HF’s ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects for the Fall of 2015.

41-50 | 31-40 | 21-30 | 11-20 | 1-10

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