Wednesday, March 07, 2007

THN ranks team's prospects

The Hockey News takes a lot of knocks on blogs and online forums, but one of the things they still do well is special reports, things like their latest 2007 Future Watch and ranking the GMs, as well as the still to come draft preview.

Here's a look at how THN sees all 30 NHL team's prospect systems, as defined by players under 22 years of age as of Jan. 31 (with last year's rank in brackets):
  1. Pittsburgh (1)
  2. Washington (7)
  3. Nashville (6)
  4. Los Angeles (10)
  5. Chicago (8)
  6. Boston (12)
  7. Anaheim (2)
  8. St. Louis (28)
  9. Montreal (17)
  10. N.Y. Rangers (19)
  11. Columbus (3)
  12. Phoenix (27)
  13. Florida (14)
  14. San Jose (24)
  15. Colorado (29)
  16. Calgary (21)
  17. N.Y. Islanders (15)
  18. Edmonton (18)
  19. Minnesota (16)
  20. Buffalo (9)
  21. Philadelphia (4)
  22. Detroit (13)
  23. Dallas (26)
  24. Vancouver (22)
  25. Ottawa (11)
  26. Atlanta (23)
  27. New Jersey (20)
  28. Toronto (25)
  29. Carolina (5)
  30. Tampa Bay (30)
Keep in mind that these rankings were done prior to many teams moving a lot of their prospects at the trade deadline.

Some of the biggest movers have come in the form of teams like Los Angeles and Colorado, who have had players step in and play much bigger roles than anticipated (Anze Kopitar and Paul Stastny). Others, like Ottawa fall off due to the fact many of their prospects have gotten older and graduated to the NHL, while Carolina took a huge drop with the trade of Jack Johnson.

1 Comments:

At 3:42 PM, March 07, 2007, Anonymous Logan said...

...and some team are penalized for drafting college players who are usually 22 or 23 when they turn pro if they do the smart thing and stay in school. No wonder New Jersey, and to a lesser extent Atlanta, are so low.

 

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