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Darryl's Dispatch: RotoWire's 2010-11 Top 300 NHL Prospects

Darryl Houston Smith

Darryl Houston Smith

Darryl is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Assoc. and in 2011-12 won the CBSSports.com Experts Fantasy Hockey League title. Follow him on Twitter at @dhoustonsmith.

The goal of this list is to place a raw ranking or value on a young player's ability to adapt and mature his game during those crucial first few seasons after he is drafted or signed by an NHL team. Each of these elite prospects is considered by industry consensus to be the best of the best. But realistically, almost all are several years away from being effective NHL regulars and only a few will ever reach true NHL stardom.

Prospect Criteria: Players under 26 years old, who have appeared in no more than 25 NHL games, are considered prospects. A player's current ranking combines two grades; the first is his current state of NHL preparedness and the second measures his long-term potential.

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RANK PLAYER/DRAFT YEAR POS NHL TEAM 2009-10 CLUB/LEAGUE
1 Taylor Hall ‘10 LW Edmonton Windsor (OHL)
2 Jordan Eberle '08 C Edmonton Regina (WHL)
3 Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson '09 LW Edmonton Timra IK (SEL)
4 Tyler Seguin ‘10 C Boston Plymouth (OHL)
5 Nazem Kadri '09 C Toronto London (OHL)
6 Gustav Nyquist '08 LW Detroit Maine (HE)
7 Cody Hodgson '08 C Vancouver Brampton (OHL)
8 Chris Kreider '09 C NY Rangers Boston College (HE)
9 Joe Colborne '08 LW Boston Providence (AHL)
10 Tyler Ennis '08 C Buffalo Buffalo (NHL)
11 Brayden Schenn '09 C Los Angeles Brandon (WHL)
12 Derek Stepan '08 C NY Rangers Wisconsin (WCHA)
13 Tomas Tatar '09 LW Detroit Grand Rapids (AHL)
14 Michael Grabner '06 RW Florida Manitoba (AHL)
15 Brett Connolly ‘10 LW Tampa Bay Prince George (WHL)
16 Nino Niederreiter ‘10 LW NY Islanders Portland (WHL)
17 Vladimir Tarasenko ‘10 RW St. Louis Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL)
18 Jacob Josefson '09 C New Jersey Djurgarden (SEL)
19 Louis Leblanc '09 C Montreal Harvard (ECAC)
20 Logan Couture '07 C San Jose San Jose (NHL)
21 Mikael Backlund '07 C Calgary Calgary (NHL)
22 Lars Eller '07 LW Montreal Peoria (AHL)
23 Mattias Tedenby '08 LW New Jersey HV71 (SEL)
24 Scott Glennie '09 RW Dallas Brandon (WHL)
25 Evgeny Grachev '08 C NY Rangers Hartford (AHL)
26 Drayson Bowman '08 C Carolina Carolina (NHL)
27 Alexander Burmistrov ‘10 C Atlanta Barrie (OHL)
28 Jeff Skinner ‘10 C Carolina Kitchener (OHL)
29 Ryan Johansen ‘10 C Columbus Portland (WHL)
30 Danny Kristo '08 RW Montreal North Dakota (WCHA)
31 Jordan Schroeder '09 C Vancouver Minnesota (WCHA)
32 Emerson Etem ‘10 C Anaheim Medicine Hat (WHL)
33 Mikael Granlund ‘10 C Minnesota HIFK Helsinki (SM-LIIGA)
34 Zac Dalpe '08 C Carolina Ohio State (CCHA)
35 Brett MacLean '07 LW Phoenix San Antonio (AHL)
36 Eric Tangradi '07 C Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
37 Mathieu Perreault '06 C Washington Hersey (AHL)
38 Ryan Stoa '05 LW Colorado Lake Erie (AHL)
39 Marcus Johansson '09 C Washington Farjestad (SEL)
40 Kirill Petrov '08 RW NY Islanders AK Bars (KHL)
41 Chris Terry '07 LW Carolina Albany (AHL)
42 Jeremy Morin '09 RW Chicago Kitchener (OHL)
43 Dmitri Kugryshev '08 RW Washington Quebec (QMJHL)
44 Maxim Goncharov '07 LW Phoenix CSKA (KHL)
45 Blake Geoffrion '06 LW Nashville Wisconsin (WCHA)
46 Kirill Kabanov ‘10 LW NY Islanders Moncton (QMJHL)
47 Dustin Jeffrey '07 LW Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
48 Patrice Cormier '08 C Atlanta Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
49 Jordan Caron '09 RW Boston Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
50 Kyle Beach '08 LW Chicago Spokane (WHL)
51 Adam Henrique '08 C New Jersey Windsor (OHL)
52 Carl Klingberg '09 RW Atlanta Frolunda (SEL)
53 Ben Maxwell '06 C Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
54 Carter Ashton '09 LW Tampa Bay Lethbridge (WHL)
55 Evgeny Kuznetsov ‘10 C Washington Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL)
56 Linus Omark '07 LW Edmonton Moscow Dynamo (KHL)
57 Francois Bouchard '06 LW Washington Hersey (AHL)
58 Greg Nemisz '08 C Calgary Windsor (OHL)
59 Peter Holland '09 C Anaheim Guelph (OHL)
60 Maxime Sauve '08 C Boston Val d'Or )QMJHL)
61 Casey Pierro-Zabotel '07 C Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
62 Jan Mursak '06 RW Detroit Grand Rapids (AHL)
63 Sergei Shirokov '06 LW Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
64 Austin Watson ‘10 RW Nashville Peterborough (OHL)
65 Kyle Palmieri '09 RW Anaheim Notre Dame (CCHA)
66 Riley Nash '07 C Edmonton Cornell (ECAC)
67 Ryan Howse '09 LW Calgary Chilliwack (WHL)
68 Brad Marchand '06 RW Boston Boston (NHL)
69 Mitch Wahl '08 C Calgary Spokane (WHL)
70 Mats Zuccarello Aasen (ND) RW NY Rangers Skelleftea (SEL)
71 Louie Caporusso '07 LW Ottawa Michigan (CCHA)
72 Zack Kassian '09 RW Buffalo Peterborough (OHL)
73 Nic Deschamps '08 LW Anaheim Moncton (QMJHL)
74 Nick Bjugstad ‘10 C Florida Blaine (USHS-MN)
75 Quinton Howden ‘10 LW Florida Moose Jaw (WHL)
76 Beau Bennett ‘10 RW Pittsburgh Penticton (BCHL)
77 Matt Clavert '08 LW Columbus Brandon (WHL)
78 Richard Panik '09 RW Tampa Bay Belleville (OHL)
79 Anton Gustafsson '08 C Washington Hersey (AHL)
80 Rhett Rakhshani '06 RW NY Islanders Denver (WCHA)
81 Andre Petersson '09 RW Ottawa Jonkoping (SEL)
82 Cam MacIntyle (UD) RW San Jose Princeton (ECAC)
83 Ethan Werek '09 C NY Rangers Kingston (OHL)
84 Ilya Zubov '05 C Ottawa CSKA (KHL)
85 Nick Petersen '09 RW Pittsburgh Saint John (QMJHL)
86 Landon Ferraro '09 C Detroit Red Deer (WHL)
87 Brandon Pirri '09 C Chicago RPI (ECAC)
88 Jesse Joensuu '06 RW NY Islanders Bridgeport (AHL)
89 Austin Smith '07 RW Dallas Colgate (ECAC)
90 Andrei Loktionov '08 C Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
91 Marcus Kruger '09 C Chicago Djurgardens (SEL)
92 Zack Hamill '07 C Boston Boston (NHL)
93 Michael Repik '07 RW Florida Florida (NHL)
94 Brandon McMillan '08 LW Anaheim Kelowna (WHL)
95 Akim Aliu '07 RW Atlanta Toledo (ECHL)
96 Erik Haula '09 LW Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
97 Aaron Palushaj 07 RW Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
98 Jori Lehtera '08 C St. Louis Peoria (AHL)
99 Maxim Mayorov '07 RW Columbus Syracuse (AHL)
100 Curtis McKenzie '09 LW Dallas Miami-Ohio (CCHA)
101 Alex Hutchings '09 LW Tampa Bay Barrie (OHL)
102 Simon Hjalmarsson '07 RW St. Louis Lulea (SEL)
103 Alex Chiasson '09 RW Dallas Boston University (HE)
104 Christopher DiDomenico '07 C Chicago Drummondville (QMJHL)
105 James Marcou (UD) RW San Jose Worcester (AHL)
106 Ben Hanowski '09 RW Pittsburgh St. Cloud State (WCHA)
107 Mark Letestu (UD) C Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
108 Steven Zalewski '04 LW San Jose Worcester (AHL)
109 Mikhail Stefanovich '08 C Toronto Quebec (QMJHL)
110 Andrew Gordon '04 RW Washington Hersey (AHL)
111 Mikko Lehtonen '05 RW Boston Providence (AHL)
112 Luke Adam '08 LW Buffalo Cape Breton (QMJHL)
113 Toni Rajala '09 LW Edmonton Brandon (WHL)
114 Tyler Toffoli ‘10 RW Los Angeles Ottawa (OHL)
115 Mark Pysyk ‘10 LW Buffalo Edmonton (WHL)
116 Bobby Butler (UD) RW Ottawa Ottawa (NHL)
117 Justin Fontaine (UD) RW Free Agent Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
118 Zach Budish '09 RW Nashville Minnesota (WCHA)
119 Trevor Smith (UD) LW NY Islanders Bridgeport (AHL)
120 Casey Wellman (UD) C Minnesota Minnesota (NHL)
121 Charlie Coyle ‘10 RW San Jose South Shore (EJHL)
122 Jack Connolly (UD) C Free Agent Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
123 Tyler Pitlick ‘10 LW Edmonton Minnesota State (WCHA)
124 David McIntyre '06 C New Jersey Lowell (AHL)
125 Evgeny Dadonov '07 RW Florida Rochester (AHL)
126 Jerry D'Amigo '09 RW Toronto RPI (ECAC)
127 Corey Tropp '07 RW Buffalo Michigan State (CCHA)
128 Jaden Schwartz ‘10 C St. Louis Tri-City (USHL)
129 Calle Jarnkrok ‘10 C Detroit Brynas (SEL)
130 Brock Nelson ‘10 C NY Islanders Warroad (USHS-MN)
131 John McFarland ‘10 LW Florida Sudbury (OHL)
132 Joey Hishon ‘10 C Colorado Owen Sound (OHL)
133 Ryan Spooner ‘10 C Boston Peterborough (OHL)
134 Stanislav Galiev ‘10 C Washington Saint John (QMJHL)
135 Brad Ross ‘10 LW Toronto Portland (WHL)
136 Ludvig Rensfeldt ‘10 LW Chicago Brynas (SEL)
137 Riley Sheahan ‘10 C Detroit Notre Dame (CCHA)
138 Petr Straka ‘10 C Columbus Rimouski (QMJHL)
139 Johan Larsson ‘10 LW Minnesota Brynas (SEL)
140 Jason Zucker ‘10 LW Minnesota U.S. NTDP (USHL)
141 Dalton Smith ‘10 LW Columbus Ottawa (OHL)
142 Kevin Hayes ‘10 LW Chicago Noble & Greenough (USHS-MA)
143 Jordan Weal ‘10 C Los Angeles Regina (WHL)
144 Oscar Lindberg ‘10 C Phoenix Skelleftea JR (SWE-JR)
145 Ivan Telegin ‘10 C Atlanta Saginaw (OHL)
146 Teemu Pulkkinen ‘10 RW Detroit Jokerit (SM-LIIGA)
147 Philip Lane '10 RW Phoenix Brampton (OHL)
148 Devante Smith-Pelly '10 RW Anaheim Mississauga (OHL)
149 Maxim Kitsyn '10 LW Los Angeles Novokuznetsk (KHL)
150 Alex Hutchings '09 LW Tampa Bay Barrie (OHL)
151 Connor Brickley '10 LW Florida Des Moines (USHL)
152 Ryan Martindale '10 C Edmonton Ottawa (OHL)
153 Christian Thomas '10 RW NY Rangers Oshawa (OHL)
154 Jared Knight '10 C Boston London (OHL)
155 Sebastian Wannstrom '10 RW St. Louis Brynas JR. (SWE-JR)
156 Taylor Beck '09 LW Nashville Guelph (OHL)
157 Philip McRae '08 C St. Louis Plymouth (OHL)
158 Patrick Maroon '07 LW Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
159 Nick Palmieri '07 RW New Jersey Lowell (AHL)
160 Dana Tyrell '07 C Tampa Bay Norfolk (AHL)
161 Michael Parks '10 RW Philadelphia Cedar Rapids (USHL)
162 Tom Kuehnhackl '10 RW Pittsburgh Landshut (GER-2)
163 Bill Arnold '10 C Calgary U.S. NTDP (USHL)
164 Justin Shugg '10 RW Carolina Windsor (OHL)
165 Michael Bournival '10 C Colorado Shawinigan (QMJHL)
166 Brett Bulmer '10 RW Minnesota Kelowna (WHL)
167 Andrew Yogan '10 LW NY Rangers Erie (OHL)
168 Curtis Hamilton '10 LW Edmonton Saskatoon (WHL)
169 Jakub Culek '10 LW Ottawa Rimouski (QMJHL)
170 Joonas Donskoi '10 LW Florida Karpat JR. (FIN-JR)
171 Joe Basaraba '10 RW Florida Shattuck St. Mary's (USHS-MN)
172 Greg McKegg '10 C Toronto Erie (OHL)
173 Kevin Sundher '10 C Buffalo Chilliwack (WHL)
174 Max Gardiner '10 LW St. Louis Minnetonka (USHS-MN)
175 Max Reinhart '10 C Calgary Kootenay (WHL)


Defensemen

RANK PLAYER/DRAFT YEAR NHL TEAM 2009-10 CLUB/LEAGUE
1 P.K. Subban '07 Montreal Montreal (NHL)
2 Oliver Ekman-Larsson '09 Phoenix Leksand (SEL)
3 John Carlson '08 Washington Washington (NHL)
4 Ryan Ellis '09 Nashville Windsor (OHL)
5 Brendan Smith '07 Detroit Wisconsin (WCHA)
6 Cam Fowler ‘10 Anaheim Windsor (OHL)
7 Erik Gudbranson ‘10 Florida Kingston (OHL)
8 Calvin de Haan '09 NY Islanders Oshawa (OHL)
9 Jamie McBain '06 Carolina Carolina (NHL)
10 John Moore '09 Columbus Kitchener (OHL)
11 Kevin Shattenkirk '07 Colorado Lake Erie (AHL)
12 Jonathan Blum '07 Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
13 Jared Cowen '09 Ottawa Spokane (WHL)
14 Brandon Gormley ‘10 Phoenix Moncton (QMJHL)
15 Patrick Wiercioch '08 Ottawa Denver (WCHA)
16 Derek Forbort ‘10 Los Angeles U.S. NTDP (USHL)
17 Ryan McDonagh '08 NY Rangers Wisconsin (WCHA)
18 Tim Erixon '09 Calgary Skelleftea (SEL)
19 Marco Scandella '08 Minnesota Val d'Or )QMJHL)
20 Colten Teubert '08 Los Angeles Regina (WHL)
21 Travis Hamonic '08 NY Islanders Brandon (WHL)
22 Thomas Hickey '07 Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
23 Jakub Kindl '05 Detroit Grand Rapids (AHL)
24 Jeff Petry '06 Edmonton Michigan State (CCHA)
25 Ivan Vishnevskiy '06 Chicago Chicago (NHL)
26 Dylan Olsen '09 Chicago Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
27 Jack Gardiner '08 Anaheim Wisconsin (WCHA)
28 Paul Postma '07 Atlanta Chicago (AHL)
29 Philip Larsen '08 Dallas Frolunda (SEL)
30 Nick Leddy '09 Chicago Minnesota (WCHA)
31 Drew Shore '09 Florida Denver (WCHA)
32 Ian Cole '07 St. Louis Notre Dame (CCHA)
33 Vyacheslav Voinov '08 Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
34 Brayden McNabb '09 Buffalo Kootenay (WHL)
35 Bobby Sanguinetti '06 Carolina Hartford (AHL)
36 Colby Cohen '07 Colorado Boston University (HE)
37 Anturs Kulda '06 Atlanta Chicago (AHL)
38 David Rundblad '09 Ottawa Skelleftea (SEL)
39 Nick Petrecki '07 San Jose Worcester (AHL)
40 Dylan McIlrath ‘10 NY Rangers Moose Jaw (WHL)
41 Tyson Barrie '09 Colorado Kelowna (WHL)
42 Shawn Lalonde '08 Chicago Belleville (OHL)
43 Cody Goloubef '08 Columbus Wisconsin (WCHA)
44 Roman Josi '08 Nashville Bern (SWISS)
45 Jonas Junland '08 St. Louis Peoria (AHL)
46 Yannick Weber '07 Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
47 Alex Plante '07 Edmonton Springfield (AHL)
48 Yuri Alexandrov '06 Boston HC Severstal (KHL)
49 Charles-Olivier Roussel '09 Nashville Shawinigan (QMJHL)
50 Carl Sneep'06 Pittsburgh Boston College (HE)
51 Mac Bennett '09 Montreal Cedar Rapids (USHL)
52 Chay Genoway (UD) Free Agent North Dakota (WCHA)
53 Erik Gustafsson (UD) Free Agent Northern Michigan (CCHA)
54 Justin Schultz '08 Anaheim Wisconsin (WCHA)
55 Matt Irwin (UD) San Jose Worcester (AHL)
56 Keith Aulie '07 Toronto Toronto (AHL)
57 Kevin Marshall '07 Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
58 Brian Dumoulin '09 Carolina Boston College (HE)
59 Jacob Muzzin '07 Pittsburgh S.S. Marie (OHL)
60 Maxim Noreau (ND) Minnesota Houston (AHL)
61 Ty Wishart '06 Tampa Bay Norfolk (AHL)
62 Marc-Andre Bourdon '08 Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
63 Jarred Tinordi ‘10 Montreal U.S. NTDP (USHL)
64 Kevin Connauton '09 Vancouver Vancouver (WHL)
65 Stefan Elliott '09 Colorado Saskatoon (WHL)
66 Jonathan Merrill ‘10 New Jersey U.S. NTDP (USHL)
67 Simon Desprιs '09 Pittsburgh Saint John/QMJHL)
68 Cameron Gaunce '08 Colorado Mississauga (OHL)
69 Slava Voynov '08 Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
70 T.J. Brodie '08 Calgary Barrie (OHL)
71 Justin Faulk ‘10 Carolina U.S. NTDP (USHL)
72 Patrik Nemeth ‘10 Dallas AIK JR (SWE-JR)
73 Colby Robak '08 Florida Brandon (WHL)
74 Alexander Petrovic ‘10 Florida Red Deer (WHL)
75 Keith Seabrook '06 Calgary Abbotsford (AHL)
76 Martin Marincin '10 Edmonton Slovakia Under-20
77 Stephen Johns '10 Chicago U.S. NTDP (USHL)
78 Brock Beukeboom '10 Tampa Bay S.S. Marie (OHL)
79 Jerome Gauthier-Leduc '10 Buffalo Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
80 Patrick McNally '10 Vancouver Milton Academy (USHS-MA)
81 Danny Biega '10 Carolina Harvard (ECAC)
82 Matt MacKenzie '10 Buffalo Calgary (WHL)
83 Matthew Corrente '06 New Jersey Lowell (AHL)
84 Philip Samuelsson '09 Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
85 Alexander Urbom '09 New Jersey Brandon (WHL)
86 Stephen Silas '10 Colorado Belleville (OHL)
87 Troy Rutkowski '10 Colorado Portland (WHL)
88 Brandon Archibald '10 Columbus S.S. Marie (OHL)
89 Justin Holl '10 Chicago Minnetonka (USHS-MN)
90 Mark Alt '10 Carolina Cretin-Derham (USHS-MN)


Goaltenders

RANK PLAYER/DRAFT YEAR NHL TEAM 2009-10 CLUB/LEAGUE
1 Jacob Markstrom '08 Florida Brynas (SEL)
2 Michal Neuvirth '06 Washington Washington (NHL)
3 John Bernier '06 Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
4 Chet Pickard '08 Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
5 Robin Lehner '08 Ottawa S.S. Marie (OHL)
6 Corey Schneider '04 Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
7 Jake Allen '08 St. Louis Drummondville (QMJHL)
8 Jack Campbell '10 Dallas U.S. NDTP (USHL)
9 Jhonas Enroth '06 Buffalo Portland (AHL)
10 Alex Stalock '05 San Jose Worcester (AHL)
11 Matt Hackett '09 Minnesota Plymouth (OHL)
12 Dustin Tokarski '08 Tampa Bay Norfolk (AHL)
13 Braden Holtby '08 Washington Hershey (AHL)
14 Joacim Eriksson '08 Philadelphia Brynas (SEL)
15 Justin Peters '04 Carolina Albany (AHL)
16 Thomas Greiss '04 San Jose San Jose (NHL)
17 Cedrick Desjardins (UD) Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
18 Richard Bachman '06 Dallas Texas (AHL)
19 Jaroslav Janus '09 Tampa Bay Erie (OHL)
20 Jeff Frazee '05 New Jersey Lowell (AHL)
21 Brad Thiessen (UD) Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
22 Mike Murphy '08 Carolina Albany (AHL)
23 Harri Sateri '08 San Jose Tappara (SM-LIIGA)
24 Mikko Koskinen '09 NY Islanders Utah (ECHL)
25 Oliver Roy '09 Edmonton Springfield (AHL)
26 Gustaf Wesslau (UD) Coumbus Djurgardens (SEL)
27 Jussi Rynnas (UD) Toronto Assat Port (SM-LIIGA)
28 Marc Cheverie Denver '06 Florida Denver (WCHA)
29 Thomas McCollum '08 Detroit Toledo (ECHL)
30 Kevin Poulin '08 NY Islanders Victoriaville (QJMHL)
31 Brandon Maxwell '09 Colorado Kitchener (OHL)
32 Tyler Beskorowany '08 Dallas Kingston (OHL)
33 Martin Jones (UD) Los Angeles Calgary (WHL)
34 Darcy Kuemper '09 Minnesota Red Deer (WHL)
35 Calvin Pickard '10 Colorado Seattle (WHL)


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