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Darryl's Dispatch: Top 300 NHL Prospects

Darryl Houston Smith

Darryl Houston Smith

Darryl is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and in 2011-12 won the CBSSports.com Experts Fantasy Hockey League title. Find more of his work at ProHockeyWeekly.com or BlogTalkRadio. Follow him on Twitter at @dhoustonsmith.

2011-12 Top 300 NHL Prospects

The goal of this list is to place a raw ranking or value on a given 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. There were 214 prospects who reached the NHL this past season, with fully thirty-six percent of those surpassing the 25-game milestone. Every NHL team has a similar list of prospects but the exact makeup of each one is a well guarded secret. While it is true that no one has access to all 30 complete lists, after talking with scouts and front office personnel from across the NHL, it is safe to say that there are not a lot of secrets where the top prospects are concerned (a couple of hundred of these names would likely be found on every team's list). The key differences would lie in the myriad of opinions held by each team about these players.

Each of these elite prospects is considered by industry consensus to be the best of the best, the order is my own. Think of it as a very early post-draft snapshot of an emerging talent pool. But realistically, almost all of these players are several years away from being effective NHL regulars and only a few will ever reach true NHL stardom. A list of this sort is by nature very fluid and one that is perpetually in motion. Complicating matters further are the recent additions of those players selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Thus is the imperfect nature of talent evaluation and development.

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.

FORWARDS

RANK PLAYER/DRAFT YEAR POS NHL TEAM 2010-11 CLUB
1 Brayden Schenn '09 C Philadelphia Saskatoon (WHL)
2 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins '11 C Edmonton Red Deer (WHL)
3 Gabriel Landeskog '11 LW Colorado Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
4 Nazem Kadri '09 C Toronto Toronto (AHL)
5 Vladimir Tarasenko '10 RW St. Louis HC Sibir (KHL)
6 Ryan Johansen '10 C Columbus Portland (WHL)
7 Cody Hodgson '08 C Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
8 Chris Kreider '09 C NY Rangers Boston College (HE)
9 Joe Colborne '08 LW Toronto Toronto (AHL)
10 Jonathan Huberdeau '11 C Florida Saint John (QMJHL)
11 Evgeny Kuznetsov '10 C Washington Chelyabinsk (KHL)
12 Brett Connolly '10 RW Tampa Bay Prince George (WHL)
13 Nino Niederreiter '10 LW NY Islanders Portland (WHL)
14 Mikael Granlund '10 C Minnesota HIFK Helsinki (SM-LIIGA)
15 Sean Couturier '11 C Philadelphia Drummondville (QMJHL)
16 Ryan Strome '11 C NY Rangers Niagara (QMJHL)
17 Gustav Nyquist '08 C Detroit Maine (HE)
18 Jacob Josefson '09 C New Jersey Albany (AHL)
19 Louis Leblanc '09 C Montreal Montreal (QMJHL)
20 Mattias Tedenby '08 LW New Jersey New Jersey (NHL)
21 Scott Glennie '09 RW Dallas Brandon (WHL)
22 Evgeny Grachev '08 C St. Louis Hartford (AHL)
23 Blake Geoffrion '06 C Nashville Nashville (NHL)
24 Tomas Tatar '09 RW Detroit Grand Rapids (AHL)
25 Jordan Schroeder '09 C Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
26 Emerson Etem '10 C Anaheim Medicine Hat (WHL)
27 Tyler Toffoli '10 RW Los Angeles Ottawa (OHL)
28 Rocco Grimaldi '11 C Florida U.S. NDTP (USHL)
29 Beau Bennett '10 RW Pittsburgh Denver (WCHA)
30 Charlie Coyle '10 C Minnesota Boston University (HE)
31 Zac Dalpe '08 C Carolina Charlotte (AHL)
32 Jaden Schwartz '10 C St. Louis Colorado College (WCHA)
33 Teemu Pulkkinen '10 RW Detroit Jokerit (SM-LIIGA)
34 Zack Kassian '09 RW Buffalo Windsor (OHL)
35 Kirill Kabanov '10 LW NY Islanders Lewiston (QMJHL)
36 Brett MacLean '07 LW Phoenix San Antonio (AHL)
37 Eric Tangradi '07 C Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
38 Dmitry Kugryshev '08 RW Washington Hersey (AHL)
39 Kirill Petrov '08 RW NY Islanders AK Bars (KHL)
40 Chris Terry '07 LW Carolina Charlotte (AHL)
41 Jeremy Morin '09 RW Chicago Rockford (AHL)
42 Mike Zibanejad '11 C Ottawa Djurgardens (SEL)
43 Richard Panik '09 RW Tampa Bay Guelph (OHL)
44 Ryan Spooner '10 C Boston Kingston (OHL)
45 Austin Watson '10 RW Nashville Peterborough (OHL)
46 Christian Thomas '10 RW NY Rangers Oshawa (OHL)
47 Taylor Beck '09 LW Nashville Guelph (OHL)
48 Max Reinhart '10 C Calgary Kootenay (WHL)
49 Joey Hishon '10 C Colorado Owen Sound (OHL)
50 Mark Scheifele '11 C Winnipeg Barrie (OHL)
51 Patrice Cormier '08 C Winnipeg Chicago (AHL)
52 Jordan Caron '09 LW Boston Providence (AHL)
53 Kyle Beach '08 LW Chicago Rockford (AHL)
54 Adam Henrique '08 C New Jersey Albany (AHL)
55 Carl Klingberg '09 RW Winnipeg Frolunda (SEL)
56 Carter Ashton '09 LW Tampa Bay Tri-City (WHL)
57 Kyle Palmieri '09 C Anaheim Syracuse (AHL)
58 Greg Nemisz '08 C Calgary Abbotsford (AHL)
59 Danny Kristo '08 RW Montreal North Dakota (WCHA)
60 Max Sauve '08 C Boston Providence (AHL)
61 J.T. Miller '11 LW NY Rangers U.S. NTDP (USHL)
62 Jan Mursak '06 RW Detroit Grand Rapids (AHL)
63 Nick Bjugstad '10 C Florida Minnesota (WCHA)
64 Peter Holland '09 C Anaheim Guelph (OHL)
65 Riley Nash '07 C Carolina Charlotte (AHL)
66 Ryan Howse '09 RW Calgary Chilliwack (WHL)
67 Mitch Wahl '08 C Calgary Abbotsford (AHL)
68 Maxim Kitsyn '10 LW Los Angeles Mississauga (OHL)
69 Louie Caporusso '07 LW Ottawa Michigan (CCHA)
70 Greg McKegg '10 C Toronto Erie (OHL)
71 Nicolas Deschamps '08 LW Anaheim Syracuse (AHL)
72 Tom Kuehnhackl '10 RW Pittsburgh Windsor (OHL)
73 Quinton Howden '10 LW Florida Moose Jaw (WHL)
74 Sven Bartschi '11 LW Calgary Portland (WHL)
75 Luke Adam '08 LW Buffalo Portland (AHL)
76 Rhett Rakhshani '06 RW NY Islanders Bridgeport (AHL)
77 Andre Petersson '08 RW Ottawa HV 71 (SEL)
78 Ethan Werek '09 C NY Rangers Kingston (OHL)
79 Nick Petersen '09 RW Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
80 Landon Ferraro '09 C Detroit Everett (WHL)
81 Brandon Pirri '09 C Chicago Rockford (AHL)
82 Austin Smith '07 RW Dallas Colgate (ECAC)
83 Andrei Loktionov '08 C Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
84 Marcus Kruger '09 C Chicago Djurgardens (SEL)
85 Calle Jarnkrok '10 RW Detroit Brynas (SEL)
86 Joel Armia '11 RW Buffalo Assat (SM-LIIGA)
87 Jakob Silfverberg '09 RW Ottawa Brynas (SEL)
88 Alex Khokhlechev '11 C Boston Windsor (OHL)
89 Alexander Avtsin '09 RW Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
90 Stanislav Galiev '10 C Washington Saint John (QMJHL)
91 Alex Chiasson '09 RW Dallas Boston University (HE)
92 Anton Rodin '09 RW Vancouver Brynas (SEL)
93 Mark McNeill '11 C Chicago Prince Albert (WHL)
94 Erik Haula '09 LW Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
95 Aaron Palushaj '07 RW Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
96 Jori Lehtera '08 C St. Louis Tappara Tampere (SEL)
97 Maxim Mayorov '07 RW Columbus Columbus (NHL)
98 Curtis McKenzie '09 LW Dallas Miami-Ohio (CCHA)
99 Alex Hutchings '09 LW Tampa Bay Florida (ECHL)
100 Tyler Pitlick '10 LW Edmonton Medicine Hat (WHL)
101 Chris DiDomenico '07 C Chicago Drummondville (QMJHL)
102 Ben Hanowski '09 RW Pittsburgh St. Cloud State (WCHA)
103 Mikhail Stefanovich '08 C Dallas HC Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
104 Zack Hamill '07 C Boston Providence (AHL)
105 Tyler Biggs '11 RW Toronto U.S. NTDP (USHL)
106 Toni Rajala '09 LW Edmonton Tampere (SM-LIIGA)
107 Brandon Saad '11 LW Chicago Saginaw (OHL)
108 Stefan Noeson '11 RW Ottawa Plymouth (OHL)
109 Justin Fontaine (UD) RW Minnesota Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
110 Zach Budish '09 RW Nashville Minnesota (WCHA)
111 Shane Prince '11 LW Ottawa Ottawa (OHL)
112 Dmitrij Jaskin '11 RW St. Louis Slavia Praha (CZE.)
113 Matt Puempel '11 LW Ottawa Peterborough (OHL)
114 Jerry D'Amigo '09 RW Toronto Kitchener (OHL)
115 Corey Tropp '07 RW Buffalo Portland (AHL)
116 Vlad Namestnikov '11 C Tampa Bay London (OHL)
117 Brock Nelson '10 C NY Islanders North Dakota (WCHA)
118 John McFarland '10 LW Florida Saginaw (OHL)
119 Nicklas Jensen '11 LW Vancouver Oshawa (OHL)
120 Zack Phillips '11 C Minnesota Saint John (QMJHL)
121 Rickard Rakell '11 RW Anaheim Plymouth (OHL)
122 Brad Ross '10 LW Toronto Portland (WHL)
123 Ludvig Rensfeldt '10 LW Chicago Brynas (SEL)
124 Riley Sheahan '10 C Detroit Notre Dame (CCHA)
125 Petr Straka '10 C Columbus Rimouski (QMJHL)
126 Johan Larsson '10 LW Minnesota Brynas (SEL)
127 Jason Zucker '10 LW Minnesota Denver (WCHA)
128 Dalton Smith '10 LW Columbus Ottawa (OHL)
129 Kevin Hayes '10 RW Chicago Boston College (HE)
130 Jordan Weal '10 C Los Angeles Regina (WHL)
131 Oscar Lindberg '10 C NY Rangers Skelleftea (SEL)
132 Ivan Telegin '10 C Winnipeg Saginaw (OHL)
133 Ty Rattie '11 RW St. Louis Portland (WHL)
134 Devante Smith-Pelly '10 RW Anaheim Mississauga (OHL)
135 Boone Jenner '11 C Columbus Oshawa (OHL)
136 Connor Brickley '10 LW Florida Vermont (HE)
137 Ryan Martindale '10 C Edmonton Ottawa (OHL)
138 Tomas Jurco '11 RW Detroit Saint John (QMJHL)
139 Jared Knight '10 C Boston London (OHL)
140 Sebastian Wannstrom '10 RW St. Louis Brynas (SEL)
141 Lucas Lessio '11 LW Phoenix Oshawa (OHL)
142 Cody Eakin '09 C Washington Kootenay (WHL)
143 Patrick Maroon '07 LW Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
144 Nick Palmieri '07 RW New Jersey Albany (AHL)
145 Dana Tyrell '07 C Tampa Bay Norfolk (AHL)
146 Michael Parks '10 RW Philadelphia Cedar Rapids (USHL)
147 Victor Rask '11 C Carolina Leksand (SEL)
148 Bill Arnold '10 C Calgary U.S. NTDP (USHL)
149 Justin Shugg '10 RW Carolina Windsor (OHL)
150 Michael Bournival '10 C Colorado Shawinigan (QMJHL)
151 Brett Bulmer '10 RW Minnesota Kelowna (WHL)
152 Andrew Yogan '10 LW NY Rangers Erie (OHL)
153 Curtis Hamilton '10 LW Edmonton Saskatoon (WHL)
154 Jakub Culek '10 LW Ottawa Rimouski (QMJHL)
155 Joonas Donskoi '10 LW Florida Karpat (SM-LIIGA)
156 Joe Basaraba '10 RW Florida Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
157 Cam Atkinson '08 RW Columbus Springfield (AHL)
158 Kevin Sundher '10 C Buffalo Chilliwack (WHL)
159 Max Gardiner '10 LW St. Louis Minnesota (WCHA)
160 Craig Smith '09 C Nashville Wisconsin (WCHA)
161 Jamie Arniel '08 C Boston Providence (AHL)
162 Marcus Foligno '09 LW Buffalo Sudbury (OHL)
163 Spencer Machacek '07 RW Winnipeg Chicago (AHL)
164 Linden Vey '09 RW Los Angeles Medicine Hat (WHL)
165 Kale Kessy '11 LW Phoenix Medicine Hat (WHL)
166 Colin Greening '05 C Ottawa Binghamton (AHL)
167 Brendan Ranford '10 LW Philadelphia Kamloops (WHL)
168 Reilly Smith '09 RW Dallas Miami-Ohio (CCHA)
169 Matt Frattin '07 RW Toronto North Dakota (WCHA)
170 Bill Sweatt '07 LW Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
171 Eric Wellwood '09 LW Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
172 Anton Lander '09 C Edmonton Timra (SEL)
173 Gabriel Bourque '09 LW Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
174 Markus Granlund '11 C Calgary HIFK JR. (FIN. JR)


DEFENSEMEN

RANK PLAYER/DRAFT YEAR POS NHL TEAM 2010-11 CLUB
1 Ryan Ellis '09 D Nashville Windsor (OHL)
2 Brendan Smith '07 D Detroit Grand Rapids (AHL)
3 Adam Larsson '11 D New Jersey Skelleftea (SEL)
4 David Rundblad '09 D Ottawa Skelleftea (SEL)
5 Dmitri Orlov '09 D Washington Hersey (AHL)
6 Dougie Hamilton '11 D Boston Niagara (OHL)
7 Stefan Elliott '09 D Colorado Saskatoon (WHL)
8 Maxim Goncharov '07 D Phoenix San Antonio (AHL)
9 Erik Gudbranson '10 D Florida Kingston (OHL)
10 Calvin de Haan '09 D NY Islanders Oshawa (OHL)
11 Tyson Barrie '09 D Colorado Kelowna (WHL)
12 Ryan Murphy '11 D Carolina Kitchener (OHL)
13 John Moore '09 D Columbus Springfield (AHL)
14 Jonathan Blum '07 D Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
15 Jared Cowen '09 D Ottawa Spokane (WHL)
16 Brandon Gormley '10 D Phoenix Moncton (QMJHL)
17 Patrick Wiercioch '08 D Ottawa Denver (WCHA)
18 Derek Forbort '10 D Los Angeles North Dakota (WCHA)
19 Tim Erixon '09 D NY Rangers Skelleftea (SEL)
20 Marco Scandella '08 D Minnesota Val d'Or (QMJHL)
21 Oscar Klefbom '11 D Edmonton Farjestad (SEL)
22 David Musil '11 D Edmonton Vancouver (WHL)
23 Jonas Brodin '11 D Minnesota Farjestad (SEL)
24 Duncan Siemens '11 D Colorado Saskatoon (WHL)
25 Jamie Oleksiak '11 D Dallas Northeastern (HE)
26 Drew Shore '09 D Florida Denver (WCHA)
27 Nathan Beaulieu '11 D Montreal Saint John (QMHJL)
28 Dylan Olsen '09 D Chicago Rockford (AHL)
29 Jack Gardiner '08 D Toronto Wisconsin (WCHA)
30 Paul Postma '07 D Winnipeg Chicago (AHL)
31 Philip Larsen '08 D Dallas Texas (AHL)
32 Viacheslav Voynov '08 D Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
33 Brayden McNabb '09 D Buffalo Kootenay (WHL)
34 Connor Murphy '11 D Phoenix U.S. NTDP (USHL)
35 Joe Morrow '11 D Pittsburgh Portland (WHL)
36 Scott Mayfield '11 D NY Islanders Youngstown (USHL)
37 Adam Clendening '11 D Chicago Boston University (HE)
38 Jonathan Merrill '10 D New Jersey Michigan (CCHA)
39 Mark Pysyk '10 D Buffalo Edmonton (WHL)
40 Jarred Tinordi '10 D Montreal London (OHL)
41 Colby Cohen '07 D Boston Providence (AHL)
42 Anturs Kulda '06 D Winnipeg Chicago (AHL)
43 Nick Petrecki '07 D San Jose Worcester (AHL)
44 Dylan McIlrath '10 D NY Rangers Moose Jaw (WHL)
45 Shawn Lalonde '08 D Chicago Belleville (OHL)
46 Cody Goloubef '08 D Columbus Springfield (AHL)
47 Roman Josi '08 D Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
48 Jonas Junland '08 D St. Louis Peoria (AHL)
49 Simon Despr├ęs '09 D Pittsburgh Saint John/QMJHL)
50 Alex Plante '07 D Edmonton Springfield (AHL)
51 Yuri Alexandrov '06 D Boston Providence (AHL)
52 Charles-Olivier Roussel '09 D Nashville Shawinigan (QMJHL)
53 Carl Sneep '06 D Pittsburgh Boston College (HE)
54 Mac Bennett '09 D Montreal Cedar Rapids (USHL)
55 Chay Genoway (UD) D Minnesota North Dakota (WCHA)
56 Erik Gustafsson (UD) D Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
57 Justin Schultz '08 D Anaheim Wisconsin (WCHA)
58 Matt Irwin (UD) D San Jose Worcester (AHL)
59 Sami Vatanen '09 D Anaheim Jyvaskyla (SM-LIIGA)
60 Kevin Marshall '07 D Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
61 Brian Dumoulin '09 D Carolina Boston College (HE)
62 Jacob Muzzin '07 D Pittsburgh S.S. Marie (OHL)
63 Maxim Noreau (ND) D Minnesota Houston (AHL)
64 T.J. Brodie '08 D Calgary Abbotsford (AHL)
65 Marc-Andre Bourdon '08 D Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
66 Joel Edmundson '11 D St. Louis Moose Jaw (WHL)
67 Kevin Connauton '09 D Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
68 Cameron Gaunce '08 D Colorado Mississauga (OHL)
69 Slava Voynov '08 D Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
70 Brandon Burlon '08 D New Jersey Michigan (CCHA)
71 Justin Faulk '10 D Carolina Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
72 Patrik Nemeth '10 D Dallas AIK (SEL)
73 Colby Robak '08 D Florida Brandon (WHL)
74 Alexander Petrovic '10 D Florida Red Deer (WHL)
75 Danny Biega '10 D Carolina Harvard (ECAC)
76 Stephen Johns '10 D Chicago U.S. NTDP (USHL)
77 Brock Beukeboom '10 D St. Louis S.S. Marie (OHL)
78 Jerome Gauthier-Leduc '10 D Buffalo Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
79 Xavier Ouellet '11 D Detroit Montreal (QMJHL)
80 Stuart Percy '11 D Toronto Mississauga (OHL)
81 Zach Redmond '08 D Winnipeg Chicago (AHL)
82 Philip Samuelsson '09 D Pittsburgh Boston College (HE)
83 Alexander Urbom '09 D New Jersey Brandon (WHL)
84 Taylor Doherty '09 D San Jose Worcester (AHL)
85 Troy Rutkowski '10 D Colorado Portland (WHL)
86 Martin Marincin '10 D Edmonton Okla. City (AHL)
87 Julian Melchiori '10 D Winnipeg Kitchener (OHL)
88 Matt Bartkowski '08 D Boston Providence (AHL)
89 Alexei Marchenko '11 D Detroit CSKA Moscow (KHL)
90 David Savard '09 D Columbus Springfield (AHL)


GOALIES

RANK PLAYER/DRAFT YEAR POS NHL TEAM 2010-11 CLUB
1 Jacob Markstrom '08 G Florida Rochester (AHL)
2 Robin Lehner '08 G Ottawa Binghamton (NHL)
3 Jake Allen '08 G St. Louis Peoria (AHL)
4 Jack Campbell '10 G Dallas Windsor (OHL)
5 Calvin Pickard '10 G Colorado Seattle (WHL)
6 Braden Holtby '08 G Washington Hershey (AHL)
7 Anders Lindback '08 G Nashville Nashville (NHL)
8 Richard Bachman '06 G Dallas Texas (AHL)
9 Cedrick Desjardins (UD) G Colorado Hamilton (AHL)
10 Jhonas Enroth '06 G Buffalo Portland (AHL)
11 Alex Stalock '05 G San Jose Worcester (AHL)
12 Mark Visentin '10 G Phoenix Niagara (OHL)
13 Matt Hackett '09 G Minnesota Houston (AHL)
14 Kevin Poulin '08 G NY Islanders Bridgeport AHL)
15 John Gibson '11 G Anaheim U.S. NTDP (USHL)
16 Eddie Lack (UD) G Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
17 Alexander Salak (UD) G Chicago Farjestad (SEL)
18 Leland Irving '06 G Calgary Abbotsford (AHL)
19 Dustin Tokarski '08 G Tampa Bay Norfolk (AHL)
20 Martin Jones (UD) G Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
21 Mike Murphy '08 G Carolina Charlotte (AHL)
22 Brad Thiessen (UD) G Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
23 Darcy Kuemper '09 G Minnesota Red Deer (WHL)
24 Joacim Eriksson '08 G Philadelphia Skelleftea (SEL)
25 Jussi Rynnas (UD) G Toronto Toronto (AHL)
26 Chet Pickard '08 G Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
27 Olivier Roy '09 G Edmonton Springfield (AHL)
28 Jeff Frazee '05 G New Jersey Albany (AHL)
29 Marc Cheverie '06 G Florida Rochester (AHL)
30 Tyler Beskorowany '08 G Dallas Texas (AHL)
31 David Honzik '11 G Vancouver Victoriaville (QMJHL)
32 Justin Peters '04 G Carolina Albany (AHL)
33 Mikko Koskinen '09 G NY Islanders Bridgeport (AHL)
34 Christopher Gibson '11 G Los Angeles Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
35 Magnus Hellberg '11 G Nashville Almtuna (HA)
36 Allen York '07 G Columbus R.P.I. (ECAC)