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Top 100 NHL Prospects - March Update: RotoWire's Top 100 NHL Prospects

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew is Rotowire's managing hockey editor and talent wrangler. He also contributes to MLB and NFL coverage.


March Update

Rank Name Team Pos Age DOB Comments
1 Vladimir Tarasenko STL RW 20 12/13/1991 Almost certain to come to NHL next year
2 Mikael Granlund MIN C 20 2/26/1992 Still pouring it on in Finnish league
3 Jonathan Huberdeau FLA C 18 6/4/1993 Missed major time with broken foot, but 2 PPG
4 Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS C 19 5/19/1992 Knee injury fortunately not that serious
5 Tyler Toffoli LOS RW 19 4/24/1992 OHL leader in goals now second in points
6 Nick Bjugstad FLA C 19 7/17/1992 Big guy scoring plenty of goals
7 Sven Baertschi CGY LW 19 10/5/1992 Two goals in first three NHL games; just a stud
8 Dougie Hamilton BOS D 18 6/17/1993 Pace has fallen off, but still putting up huge points
9 Jacob Markstrom FLA G 22 1/31/1990 With Theodore healthy, back to waiting in the wings
10 Emerson Etem ANA C 19 6/16/1992 Almost a goal per game in WHL; looks NHL-ready
11 Mark Stone OTT RW 19 5/13/1992 Big WJC; cleared last year's point total (106) already
12 Chris Kreider NYR LW 20 4/30/1991 Late-season NHL arrival sounds possible
13 Robin Lehner OTT G 20 7/24/1991 AHL stats say he needs more development time
14 Justin Schultz ANA D 21 7/6/1990 Polished puck mover and goal scorer from blue line
15 Ty Rattie STL RW 18 2/5/1993 Star power written all over him
16 Ryan Strome NYI C 18 7/11/1993 Good in WJC; heating up now
17 Mark Scheifele WPG C 19 3/15/1993 Just coming out of a long slump
18 Frederik Andersen CAR G 22 10/2/1989 Destroying SEL: 39 games, 1.67 GAA, .941 SV%
19 Jerome Gauthier-Leduc BUF D 19 7/30/1992 Two games left to hit 30 goals in the Q; he's got 28
20 Gustav Nyquist DET C 22 9/1/1989 Still pulling a point per game in the AHL
21 Jaden Schwartz STL C 19 6/25/1992 Wore the C for Canada in WJC; still crushing college
22 Tomas Jurco DET RW 19 12/28/1992 Had a neck injury, but back now and playing well
23 Kyle Palmieri ANA RW 20 4/16/1991 Delivered two-goal game in brief top-line stay for Ducks
24 Ryan Murphy CAR D 18 3/31/1993 Has recovered from bad start; pulling a point per game
25 Jakob Silfverberg OTT RW 21 10/13/1990 Aggressive ranking, but he's killing it as a pro in SEL
26 Matthew Hackett MIN G 22 3/7/1990 Looks great in the NHL, especially for his age
27 Jordan Weal LOS C 19 4/15/1992 Career-high 116 WHL points; small, but never gets hurt
28 Drew Shore FLA C 21 1/29/1991 Lighting up college more than ever
29 Joe Morrow PIT D 19 12/9/1992 Turning into complete blue line package
30 Brandon Gormley PHO D 20 2/18/1992 No goals in 9 games since being traded to Shawinigan
31 Braden Holtby WAS G 22 9/16/1989 Almost back to his old self, but still needs work
32 John Gibson ANA G 18 7/14/1993 Rounding back into form; missed a month (tonsil surgery)
33 Christian Thomas NYR RW 19 5/26/1992 Slowed by concussion early, but has come on strong
34 Zack Phillips MIN C 19 10/28/1992 Strong year, but not spectacular; good foundation, though
35 Brayden McNabb BUF D 21 1/21/1991 Big kid playing well in AHL since demotion
36 Brendan Smith DET D 23 2/8/1989 With Commodore gone, he's here to stay; looks good
37 Brandon Saad CHI LW 19 10/27/1992 Killing it for Saginaw (OHL) -- 74 points in 42
38 Mika Zibanejad OTT C 18 4/18/1993 Offense coming along slowly; could be back in NHL soon
39 Mark Visentin PHO G 19 8/7/1992 Won 15 straight after WJC; looks right again
40 Joe Colborne TOR LW 22 1/30/1990 Hasn't stuck in NHL; now struggling in AHL
41 Eddie Lack VAN G 23 1/5/1988 Bad luck to be buried behind two studs
42 Mark Barberio TAM D 22 3/23/1990 AHL All-Star pouring it on for Norfolk
43 Martin Jones LAK G 22 1/10/1990 D corps in flux hurting stats, but still looks good
44 Jake Allen STL G 21 7/8/1990 Seems to have elevated his game after Bishop trade
45 Tim Erixon NYR D 21 2/24/1991 Still showing playmaking skills in minors
46 Cory Conacher TAM C 22 12/14/1989 Undersized, but looks like a star in AHL
47 Tyler Bunz EDM G 20 2/11/1992 Dramatically outperforming fifth-round selection
48 Nathan Beaulieu MON D 19 12/5/1992 Riding coattails on a great team, but still a huge talent
49 Petr Mrazek DET G 20 2/14/1992 Jimmy Howard's backup in two years
50 Jason Zucker MIN LW 20 1/16/1992 One point off his career high for U. Denver
51 Brock Nelson NYI C 20 10/15/1991 Has shot up the list, as promised
52 Peter Holland ANA C 21 1/14/1991 Nice AHL season -- over 20 goals, will clear 50 points
53 Alexander Khokhlachev BOS LW 18 9/9/1993 Out for the year (lacerated kidney), but looked damn good
54 Brandon Pirri CHI C 20 4/10/1991 Just 2 points in 11 February games in AHL
55 Sam Brittain FLA G 19 5/10/1992 Killing it since return -- .925 SV% in 10 games
56 Brendan Ranford LW PHI 19 5/3/1992 Needs to work on skating, but points are there
57 Brendan Gallagher MON RW 19 6/5/1992 Third straight 40-goal WHL season for Giants' captain
58 Teemu Pulkkinen DET LW 20 1/2/1992 Finishing season well off last year's pace
59 Charlie Coyle MIN RW 20 3/2/1992 Rare college-to-junior hop; he's coming next year
60 Connor Knapp BUF G 21 5/1/1990 1.43 GAA, .943 SV% for Miami of Ohio
61 Kevin Poulin NYI G 21 4/12/1990 Still not flashing '11-12 form, but he's been better
62 Joey Hishon COL C 20 10/20/1991 Concussion still holding him out; seems injury-prone
63 Mark Dekanich CBJ G 25 5/10/1986 Promising season destroyed by injuries; getting old
64 Shane Prince OTT LW 19 11/16/1992 Goal-scoring explosion this year
65 Kirill Petrov NYI LW 21 4/13/1990 NHL next year? Decent KHL stats
66 Tyson Barrie COL D 20 7/26/1991 Great offensive skillset, but D needs work
67 Reilly Smith DAL RW 21 4/1/1991 Big-time goal scorer with Miami (Ohio)
68 Sami Aittokallio COL G 19 8/6/1992 Holding his own against men in Finnish pro league
69 Leland Irving CGY G 21 4/11/1988 Looked solid in handful of NHL appearances
70 Tomas Tatar DET LW 21 12/1/1990 Good, but still looking for that next gear on offense
71 Jack Campbell DAL G 20 1/2/1992 Back to struggling; when can we call him a bust?
72 Chris Terry CAR LW 22 4/7/1989 Tough year, but he's still a major talent
73 Austin Watson NAS C 20 1/13/1992 Move from Peterborough to London (OHL) has helped
74 Greg McKegg TOR C 19 6/17/1992 Whole Erie (OHL) team suffering from awful goalies
75 Patrick Holland CGY RW 20 1/7/1992 Over 100 points; is it him or linemates?
76 J.T. Miller NYR C 19 3/14/1993 Just a point per game in OHL won't cut it
77 Joel Armia BUF RW 18 3/31/1993
78 Erik Haula MIN LW 21 3/23/1991 Finn having a big year for U. Minnesota
79 Jamie Oleksiak DAL D 19 12/21/1992 Almost Chara-sized; offense will come long-term
80 T.J. Tynan CBJ C 20 2/25/1992 Pace has fallen off, but still PPG for Notre Dame
81 Andrew Yogan NYR C 20 12/4/1991 Plus-5 on a team with an .892 SV%; points leader too
82 Carter Ashton TOR LW 20 4/1/1991
83 Mark McNeill CHI C 19 2/22/1993 Has skills, but his team is very bad
84 Tobias Rieder EDM RW 19 1/10/1993 German import has blown up for 40 goals in OHL
85 Rickard Rakell ANA C 18 5/5/1993 Like Miller, just a PPG in OHL won't cut it
86 Beau Bennett PIT RW 20 11/27/1991 Wrist injury
87 Stuart Percy TOR D 18 5/18/1993
88 Matt Puempel OTT LW 19 1/24/1993 Another "meh" PPG guy in the OHL
89 Tyler Johnson TAM C 21 7/29/1990 Undrafted 100-point man having terrific AHL debut
90 Jason Akeson PHI RW 21 6/3/1990 Like Johnson, but a playmaker rather than a scorer
91 Tyson Sexsmith SAN G 23 3/19/1989 AHL All-Star took opening left by Stalock and ran
92 Jonathan Audy-Marchessault NYR C 21 12/27/1990 Small and undrafted, but kid can play
93 Sergei Shirokov FLA LW 26 3/10/1986 Killing KHL; will he ever return to North America?
94 Quinton Howden FLA LW 20 1/21/1992 Hasn't taken that next step
95 Adam Clendening CHI D 19 10/26/1992
96 Scott Wedgewood NJD G 19 8/14/1992 Pretty decent WJC showing raises his status
97 Brett MacLean PHO LW 23 12/24/1988 Changed organizations twice and having a tough year
98 Kyle Beach CHI C 22 1/13/1990 Out since October (upper body); could be done for season
99 Alex Stalock SAN G 24 7/28/1987 Has missed all year with leg injury
100 Anders Lee NYI C 21 7/3/1990 Hasn't been so great last few months