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Every year our prospect experts analyze that state of the NHL prospect pool and how every NHL team’s farm system stacks up against the rest. Here’s just some of their work:
Prospects graduate, they get traded, they perform better or worse than expected, and sometimes they simply don’t make the cut. In recent years, it seems like the talent pool is getting deeper and better as the years go on. With a wealth of skilled prospects in the league, we take a look at the top-100 in the league.
On most teams, they have a clear-cut, number one prospect in the organization. Others have two or more that could easily take the title, but for the most part, there’s an obvious choice. In this list, we’ll take a look at just who those to prospects are.
A team’s farm system is a very fluid thing. Prospects graduate to become full-time NHL players, general managers make trades involving some of these young players, and sometimes players just don’t work out. Knowing exactly what you have, where they are in their development and what they need to accomplish next is a major responsibility of every front office.
Goaltenders have been, and will likely always be, the toughest position to evaluate in hockey. How many high draft picks haven’t panned out? How many late-round selections did? Usually, the highest-drafted goaltender doesn’t always end up being the best one down the road. Each team has their own opinion on what makes a goaltender great around the draft and how they’ll develop down the road.