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Darryl's Dispatch: Updated Top 300 Prospects

Darryl Houston Smith

Darryl Houston Smith

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Darryl's Dispatch
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 36 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 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 (OHL)
4 Vladimir Tarasenko '10 RW St. Louis HC Sibir (KHL)
5 Ryan Johansen '10 C Columbus Portland (WHL)
6 Cody Hodgson '08 C Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
7 Chris Kreider '09 C NY Rangers Boston College (HE)
8 Joe Colborne '08 LW Toronto Toronto (AHL)
9 Jonathan Huberdeau '11 C Florida Saint John (QMJHL)
10 Evgeny Kuznetsov '10 C Washington Chelyabinsk (KHL)
11 Brett Connolly '10 RW Tampa Bay Prince George (WHL)
12 Nino Niederreiter '10 LW NY Islanders Portland (WHL)
13 Mikael Granlund '10 C Minnesota HIFK Helsinki (SM-LIIGA)
14 Sean Couturier '11 C Philadelphia Drummondville (QMJHL)
15 Ryan Strome '11 C NY Islanders Niagara (OHL)
16 Gustav Nyquist '08 C Detroit Maine (HE)
17 Jacob Josefson '09 C New Jersey Albany (AHL)
18 Louis Leblanc '09 C Montreal Montreal (QMJHL)
19 Mattias Tedenby '08 LW New Jersey New Jersey (NHL)
20 Scott Glennie '09 RW Dallas Brandon (WHL)
21 Evgeny Grachev '08 C St. Louis Hartford (AHL)
22 Blake Geoffrion '06 C Nashville Nashville (NHL)
23 Tomas Tatar '09 RW Detroit Grand Rapids (AHL)
24 Jordan Schroeder '09 C Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
25 Emerson Etem '10 C Anaheim Medicine Hat (WHL)
26 Tyler Toffoli '10 RW Los Angeles Ottawa (OHL)
27 Rocco Grimaldi '11 C Florida U.S. NDTP (USHL)
28 Beau Bennett '10 RW Pittsburgh Denver (WCHA)
29 Charlie Coyle '10 C Minnesota Boston University (HE)
30 Zac Dalpe '08 C Carolina Charlotte (AHL)
31 Jaden Schwartz '10 C St. Louis Colorado College (WCHA)
32 Teemu Pulkkinen '10 RW Detroit Jokerit (SM-LIIGA)
33 Zack Kassian '09 RW Buffalo Windsor (OHL)
34 Kirill Kabanov '10 LW NY Islanders Lewiston (QMJHL)
35 Brett MacLean '07 LW Phoenix San Antonio (AHL)
36 Eric Tangradi '07 C Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
37 Dmitri Kugryshev '08 RW Washington Hersey (AHL)
38 Kirill Petrov '08 RW NY Islanders AK Bars (KHL)
39 Chris Terry '07 LW Carolina Charlotte (AHL)
40 Jeremy Morin '09 RW Chicago Rockford (AHL)
41 Mika Zibanejad '11 C Ottawa Djurgardens (SEL)
42 Richard Panik '09 RW Tampa Bay Guelph (OHL)
43 Ryan Spooner '10 C Boston Kingston (OHL)
44 Austin Watson '10 RW Nashville Peterborough (OHL)
45 Christian Thomas '10 RW NY Rangers Oshawa (OHL)
46 Taylor Beck '09 LW Nashville Guelph (OHL)
47 Max Reinhart '10 C Calgary Kootenay (WHL)
48 Joey Hishon '10 C Colorado Owen Sound (OHL)
49 Mark Scheifele '11 C Winnipeg Barrie (OHL)
50 Patrice Cormier '08 C Winnipeg Chicago (AHL)
51 Jordan Caron '09 LW Boston Providence (AHL)
52 Kyle Beach '08 LW Chicago Rockford (AHL)
53 Adam Henrique '08 C New Jersey Albany (AHL)
54 Carl Klingberg '09 RW Winnipeg Frolunda (SEL)
55 Carter Ashton '09 LW Tampa Bay Tri-City (WHL)
56 Kyle Palmieri '09 C Anaheim Syracuse (AHL)
57 Greg Nemisz '08 C Calgary Abbotsford (AHL)
58 Danny Kristo '08 RW Montreal North Dakota (WCHA)
59 Maxime Sauve '08 C Boston Providence (AHL)
60 J.T. Miller '11 LW NY Rangers U.S. NTDP (USHL)
61 Jan Mursak '06 RW Detroit Grand Rapids (AHL)
62 Nick Bjugstad '10 C Florida Minnesota (WCHA)
63 Peter Holland '09 C Anaheim Guelph (OHL)
64 Riley Nash '07 C Carolina Charlotte (AHL)
65 Ryan Howse '09 RW Calgary Chilliwack (WHL)
66 Mitch Wahl '08 C Calgary Abbotsford (AHL)
67 Maxim Kitsyn '10 LW Los Angeles Mississauga (OHL)
68 Louie Caporusso '07 LW Ottawa Michigan (CCHA)
69 Greg McKegg '10 C Toronto Erie (OHL)
70 Nicolas Deschamps '08 LW Anaheim Syracuse (AHL)
71 Tom Kuehnhackl '10 RW Pittsburgh Windsor (OHL)
72 Quinton Howden '10 LW Florida Moose Jaw (WHL)
73 Sven Bartschi '11 LW Calgary Portland (WHL)
74 Luke Adam '08 LW Buffalo Portland (AHL)
75 Rhett Rakhshani '06 RW NY Islanders Bridgeport (AHL)
76 Andre Petersson '08 RW Ottawa HV 71 (SEL)
77 Ethan Werek '09 C NY Rangers Kingston (OHL)
78 Nick Petersen '09 RW Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
79 Landon Ferraro '09 C Detroit Everett (WHL)
80 Brandon Pirri '09 C Chicago Rockford (AHL)
81 Austin Smith '07 RW Dallas Colgate (ECAC)
82 Andrei Loktionov '08 C Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
83 Marcus Kruger '09 C Chicago Djurgardens (SEL)
84 Calle Jarnkrok '10 RW Detroit Brynas (SEL)
85 Joel Armia '11 RW Buffalo Assat (SM-LIIGA)
86 Jakob Silfverberg '09 RW Ottawa Brynas (SEL)
87 Alexander Khokhlachev '11 C Boston Windsor (OHL)
88 Alexander Avtsin '09 RW Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
89 Stanislav Galiev '10 C Washington Saint John (QMJHL)
90 Alex Chiasson '09 RW Dallas Boston University (HE)
91 Anton Rodin '09 RW Vancouver Brynas (SEL)
92 Mark McNeill '11 C Chicago Prince Albert (WHL)
93 Erik Haula '09 LW Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
94 Aaron Palushaj '07 RW Montreal Hamilton (AHL)
95 Jori Lehtera '08 C St. Louis Tappara Tampere (SEL)
96 Maxim Mayorov '07 RW Columbus Columbus (NHL)
97 Curtis McKenzie '09 LW Dallas Miami-Ohio (CCHA)
98 Alex Hutchings '09 LW Tampa Bay Florida (ECHL)
99 Tyler Pitlick '10 LW Edmonton Medicine Hat (WHL)
100 Chris DiDomenico '07 C Chicago Drummondville (QMJHL)
101 Ben Hanowski '09 RW Pittsburgh St. Cloud State (WCHA)
102 Mikhail Stefanovich '08 C Dallas HC Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
103 Zack Hamill '07 C Boston Providence (AHL)
104 Tyler Biggs '11 RW Toronto U.S. NTDP (USHL)
105 Toni Rajala '09 LW Edmonton Tampere (SM-LIIGA)
106 Brandon Saad '11 LW Chicago Saginaw (OHL)
107 Stefan Noesen '11 RW Ottawa Plymouth (OHL)
108 Justin Fontaine (UD) RW Minnesota Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
109 Zach Budish '09 RW Nashville Minnesota (WCHA)
110 Shane Prince '11 LW Ottawa Ottawa (OHL)
111 Dmitri Jaskin '11 RW St. Louis Slavia Praha (CZE.)
112 Matt Puempel '11 LW Ottawa Peterborough (OHL)
113 Jerry D'Amigo '09 RW Toronto Kitchener (OHL)
114 Corey Tropp '07 RW Buffalo Portland (AHL)
115 Vladislav Namestnikov '11 C Tampa Bay London (OHL)
116 Brock Nelson '10 C NY Islanders North Dakota (WCHA)
117 John McFarland '10 LW Florida Saginaw (OHL)
118 Nicklas Jensen '11 LW Vancouver Oshawa (OHL)
119 Zack Phillips '11 C Minnesota Saint John (QMJHL)
120 Rickard Rakell '11 RW Anaheim Plymouth (OHL)
121 Brad Ross '10 LW Toronto Portland (WHL)
122 Ludvig Rensfeldt '10 LW Chicago Brynas (SEL)
123 Riley Sheahan '10 C Detroit Notre Dame (CCHA)
124 Petr Straka '10 C Columbus Rimouski (QMJHL)
125 Johan Larsson '10 LW Minnesota Brynas (SEL)
126 Jason Zucker '10 LW Minnesota Denver (WCHA)
127 Dalton Smith '10 LW Columbus Ottawa (OHL)
128 Kevin Hayes '10 RW Chicago Boston College (HE)
129 Jordan Weal '10 C Los Angeles Regina (WHL)
130 Oscar Lindberg '10 C NY Rangers Skelleftea (SEL)
131 Ivan Telegin '10 C Winnipeg Saginaw (OHL)
132 Ty Rattie '11 RW St. Louis Portland (WHL)
133 Devante Smith-Pelly '10 RW Anaheim Mississauga (OHL)
134 Boone Jenner '11 C Columbus Oshawa (OHL)
135 Connor Brickley '10 LW Florida Vermont (HE)
136 Ryan Martindale '10 C Edmonton Ottawa (OHL)
137 Tomas Jurco '11 RW Detroit Saint John (QMJHL)
138 Jared Knight '10 C Boston London (OHL)
139 Sebastian Wannstrom '10 RW St. Louis Brynas (SEL)
140 Lucas Lessio '11 LW Phoenix Oshawa (OHL)
141 Cody Eakin '09 C Washington Kootenay (WHL)
142 Patrick Maroon '07 LW Anaheim Syracuse (AHL)
143 Nick Palmieri '07 RW New Jersey Albany (AHL)
144 Dana Tyrell '07 C Tampa Bay Norfolk (AHL)
145 Michael Parks '10 RW Philadelphia Cedar Rapids (USHL)
146 Victor Rask '11 C Carolina Leksand (SEL)
147 Bill Arnold '10 C Calgary U.S. NTDP (USHL)
148 Justin Shugg '10 RW Carolina Windsor (OHL)
149 Michael Bournival '10 C Montreal Shawinigan (QMJHL)
150 Brett Bulmer '10 RW Minnesota Kelowna (WHL)
151 Andrew Yogan '10 LW NY Rangers Erie (OHL)
152 Curtis Hamilton '10 LW Edmonton Saskatoon (WHL)
153 Jakub Culek '10 LW Ottawa Rimouski (QMJHL)
154 Joonas Donskoi '10 LW Florida Karpat (SM-LIIGA)
155 Joe Basaraba '10 RW Florida Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
156 Cam Atkinson '08 RW Columbus Springfield (AHL)
157 Kevin Sundher '10 C Buffalo Chilliwack (WHL)
158 Tomas Kubalik '08 RW Columbus Springfield (AHL)
159 Craig Smith '09 C Nashville Wisconsin (WCHA)
160 Jamie Arniel '08 C Boston Providence (AHL)
161 Marcus Foligno '09 LW Buffalo Sudbury (OHL)
162 Spencer Machacek '07 RW Winnipeg Chicago (AHL)
163 Linden Vey '09 RW Los Angeles Medicine Hat (WHL)
164 Drew Shore '09 C Florida Denver (WCHA)
165 Colin Greening '05 C Ottawa Binghamton (AHL)
166 Brendan Ranford '10 LW Philadelphia Kamloops (WHL)
167 Reilly Smith '09 RW Dallas Miami-Ohio (CCHA)
168 Matt Frattin '07 RW Toronto North Dakota (WCHA)
169 Bill Sweatt '07 LW Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
170 Eric Wellwood '09 LW Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
171 Anton Lander '09 C Edmonton Timra (SEL)
172 Gabriel Bourque '09 LW Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
173 Freddie Hamilton '10 C San Jose Niagara (OHL)
174 Markus Granlund '11 C Calgary HIFK (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 Binghamton (AHL)
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 Houston (AHL)
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 Nathan Beaulieu '11 D Montreal Saint John (QMHJL)
27 Dylan Olsen '09 D Chicago Rockford (AHL)
28 Jack Gardiner '08 D Toronto Wisconsin (WCHA)
29 Paul Postma '07 D Winnipeg Chicago (AHL)
30 Philip Larsen '08 D Dallas Texas (AHL)
31 Vyacheslav Voynov '08 D Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
32 Brayden McNabb '09 D Buffalo Kootenay (WHL)
33 Connor Murphy '11 D Phoenix U.S. NTDP (USHL)
34 Joe Morrow '11 D Pittsburgh Portland (WHL)
35 Alexei Yemelin '04 D Montreal Kazan (KHL)
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 Marc-Andre Gragnani '05 D Buffalo Portland (AHL)
43 Anturs Kulda '06 D Winnipeg Chicago (AHL)
44 Nick Petrecki '07 D San Jose Worcester (AHL)
45 Dylan McIlrath '10 D NY Rangers Moose Jaw (WHL)
46 Shawn Lalonde '08 D Chicago Rockford (AHL)
47 Cody Goloubef '08 D Columbus Springfield (AHL)
48 Roman Josi '08 D Nashville Milwaukee (AHL)
49 T.J. Brodie '08 D Calgary Abbotsford (AHL)
50 Simon Despres '09 D Pittsburgh Saint John (QMJHL)
51 Alex Plante '07 D Edmonton Springfield (AHL)
52 Yuri Alexandrov '06 D Boston Providence (AHL)
53 Charles-Olivier Roussel '09 D Nashville Shawinigan (QMJHL)
54 Carl Sneep '06 D Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
55 Sami Vatanen '09 D Anaheim Jyvaskyla (SM-LIIGA)
56 Chay Genoway (UD) D Minnesota North Dakota (WCHA)
57 Erik Gustafsson (UD) D Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
58 Justin Schultz '08 D Anaheim Wisconsin (WCHA)
59 Matt Irwin (UD) D San Jose Worcester (AHL)
60 Raphael Diaz (UD) D Montreal Zug (SWI)
61 Kevin Marshall '07 D Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
62 Brian Dumoulin '09 D Carolina Boston College (HE)
63 Jacob Muzzin '07 D Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
64 Maxim Noreau (UD) D New Jersey Houston (AHL)
65 Justin Faulk '10 D Carolina Minn.-Duluth (WCHA)
66 Marc-Andre Bourdon '08 D Philadelphia Adirondack (AHL)
67 Joel Edmundson '11 D St. Louis Moose Jaw (WHL)
68 Kevin Connauton '09 D Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
69 Cameron Gaunce '08 D Colorado Lake Erie (AHL)
70 Adam Almqvist '09 D Detroit HV 71 (SEL)
71 Brandon Burlon '08 D New Jersey Michigan (CCHA)
72 Alexander Petrovic '10 D Florida Red Deer (WHL)
73 Patrik Nemeth '10 D Dallas AIK (SEL)
74 Colby Robak '08 D Florida Rochester (AHL)
75 Danny Biega '10 D Carolina Harvard (ECAC)
76 Brock Beukeboom '10 D St. Louis S.S. Marie (OHL)
77 Jerome Gauthier-Leduc '10 D Buffalo Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
78 David Savard '09 D Columbus Springfield (AHL)
79 Alexander Urbom '09 D New Jersey Albany (AHL)
80 Xavier Ouellet '11 D Detroit Montreal (QMJHL)
81 Stuart Percy '11 D Toronto Mississauga (OHL)
82 Taylor Doherty '09 D San Jose Kingston (OHL)
83 Philip Samuelsson '09 D Pittsburgh Boston College (HE)
84 Martin Marincin '10 D Edmonton Prince George (WHL)
85 Julian Melchiori '10 D Winnipeg Kitchener (OHL)
86 Matt Bartkowski '08 D Boston Providence (AHL)
87 Troy Rutkowski '10 D Colorado Portland (WHL)
88 Yann Sauve '08 D Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
89 Adam Polasek '10 D Vancouver P.E.I. (QMJHL)
90 Stephen Johns '10 D Chicago Notre Dame (CCHA)
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 Alexander Salak (UD) G Chicago Farjestad (SEL)
10 Matt Hackett '09 G Minnesota Houston (AHL)
11 Eddie Lack (UD) G Vancouver Manitoba (AHL)
12 Dustin Tokarski '08 G Tampa Bay Norfolk (AHL)
13 Martin Jones (UD) G Los Angeles Manchester (AHL)
14 Darcy Kuemper '09 G Minnesota Red Deer (WHL)
15 Jhonas Enroth '06 G Buffalo Portland (AHL)
16 Mark Visentin '10 G Phoenix Niagara (OHL)
17 John Gibson '11 G Anaheim U.S. NTDP (USHL)
18 Brad Thiessen (UD) G Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
19 Leland Irving '06 G Calgary Abbotsford (AHL)
20 Mike Murphy '08 G Carolina Charlotte (AHL)
21 Kevin Poulin '08 G NY Islanders Bridgeport AHL)
22 Cedrick Desjardins (UD) G Colorado Norfolk (AHL)
23 Alex Stalock '05 G San Jose Worcester (AHL)
24 Keith Kinkaid (UD) G New Jersey Union (ECAC)
25 Jussi Rynnas (UD) G Toronto Toronto (AHL)
26 Olivier Roy '09 G Edmonton A.-Bathurst (QMJHL)
27 Marc Cheverie '06 G Phoenix Cincinnati (ECHL)
28 Tyler Beskorowany '08 G Dallas Idaho (ECHL)
29 David Honzik '11 G Vancouver Victoriaville (QMJHL)
30 Justin Peters '04 G Carolina Albany (AHL)
31 Mikko Koskinen '09 G NY Islanders Bridgeport (AHL)
32 Christopher Gibson '11 G Los Angeles Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
33 Joni Ortio '09 G Calgary TPS (SM-LIIGA)
34 Mark Dekanich '06 G Columbus Milwaukee (AHL)
35 Allen York '07 G Columbus R.P.I. (ECAC)
36 Magnus Hellberg '11 G Nashville Almtuna (SWE.2)

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