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Darryl's Dispatch: Top 300 Prospects

Darryl Houston Smith

Darryl Houston Smith

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Darryl's Dispatch
2012-13 Top 300 NHL Prospects
By Darryl Houston Smith

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. 

Prospect Criteria: Players under 24 years of age who have appeared in less than 40 NHL games are considered prospects. A player's current ranking combines two grades; the first is his current state of NHL preparedness (60%) and the second measures his long-term potential (40%).
 
FORWARDS
 
(RANK, PLAYER/DRAFT YEAR, POS, NHL TEAM, 2011-12 CLUB)
 
1. Mikael Granlund '10, C, Minnesota, HIFK Helsinki (SM-LIIGA)
2. Jonathan Huberdeau '11, C, Florida, Saint John (QMJHL)
3. Chris Kreider '09, LW, NY Rangers, NY Rangers (NHL)
4. Nail Yakupov '12, RW, Edmonton, Sarnia (OHL)
5. Evgeny Kuznetsov '10, C, Washington, Chelyabinsk (KHL)
6. Vladimir Tarasenko '10, RW, St. Louis, St. Petersburg (KHL)
7. Ryan Strome '11, C, NY Islanders, Niagara (OHL)
8. Alex Galchenyuk '12, C, Montreal, Sarnia (OHL)
9. Charlie Coyle '10, RW, Minnesota, Saint John (QMJHL)
10. Jakob Silfverberg '09, RW, Ottawa, Ottawa (NHL)
11. Gustav Nyquist '08, C, Detroit, Grand Rapids (AHL)
12. Mika Zibanejad '11, C, Ottawa, Ottawa (NHL)
13. Filip Forsberg '12, LW, Washington, Leksand (SWE.2)
14. Mikhail Grigorenko '12, C, Buffalo, Quebec (QMJHL)
15. Tyler Toffoli '10, RW, Los Angeles, Ottawa (OHL)
16. Mark Scheifele '11, C, Winnipeg, Barrie (OHL)
17. Mark Stone '10, RW, Ottawa, Ottawa (NHL)
18. Jaden Schwartz '10, C, St. Louis, St. Louis (NHL)
19. Emerson Etem '10, C, Anaheim, Syracuse (AHL)
20. Joe Colborne '08, LW, Toronto, Toronto (AHL)
21. Ty Rattie '11, RW, St. Louis, Portland (WHL)
22. Sven Bartschi '11, LW, Calgary, Portland (WHL)
23. Johan Larsson '10, LW, Minnesota, Brynas (SEL)
24. Kyle Palmieri '09, C, Anaheim, Anaheim (NHL)
25. Tomas Tatar '09, LW, Detroit, Grand Rapids (AHL)
26. Nick Bjugstad '10 , C, Florida, Minnesota (WCHA)
27. Kirill Kabanov '10 , LW, NY Islanders, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
28. Zac Dalpe '08, C, Carolina, Carolina (NHL)
29. Cory Conacher (UD), LW, Tampa Bay, Norfolk (AHL)
30. Jordan Schroeder '09, C, Vancouver, Chicago (AHL)
31. Teemu Pulkkinen '10, LW, Detroit, Jokerit (SM-LIIGA)
32. Ryan Spooner '10, C, Boston, Providence (AHL)
33. Calle Jarnkrok '10, RW, Detroit, Brynas (SEL)
34. Beau Bennett '10, RW, Pittsburgh, Denver (WCHA)
35. Zack Phillips '11, C, Minnesota, Saint John (QMJHL)
36. Greg McKegg '10, C, Toronto, London (OHL)
37. Alexander Khokhlachev '11, C, Boston, Windsor (OHL)
38. Cody Eakin '09, C, Dallas, Washington (NHL)
39. Tomas Jurco '11, RW, Detroit, Saint John (QMJHL)
40. Carter Ashton '09, LW, Toronto, Toronto (NHL)
41. Jeremy Morin '09, RW, Chicago, Chicago (NHL)
42. Austin Watson '10, RW, Nashville, London (OHL)
43. Kevin Hayes '10, C, Chicago, Boston College (HE)
44. Shane Prince '11, LW, Ottawa, Ottawa (OHL)
45. J.T. Miller '11, LW, NY Rangers, Plymouth (OHL)
46. Stanislav Galiev '10, LW, Washington, Saint John (QMJHL)
47. Christian Thomas '10, RW, NY Rangers, Connecticut (AHL)
48. Joel Armia '11, RW, Buffalo, Assat (SM-LIIGA)
49. Evgeny Grachev '08, C, St. Louis, St. Louis (NHL)
50. Alex Chiasson '09, RW, Dallas, Texas (AHL}
51. Max Reinhart '10, C, Calgary, Abbotsford (AHL)
52. Kirill Petrov '08, RW, NY Islanders, Kazan (KHL)
53. Taylor Beck '09, LW, Nashville, Milwaukee (AHL)
54. Vladislav Namestnikov '11, C, Tampa Bay, London (OHL)
55. Radek Faksa '12, C, Dallas, Kitchener (OHL)
56. Kyle Beach '08, LW, Chicago, Rockford (AHL)
57. Jason Zucker '10, LW, Minnesota, Minnesota (NHL)
58. Mark McNeill '11, C, Chicago, Rockford (AHL)
59. Brandon Saad '11, LW, Chicago, Chicago (NHL)
60. Teuvo Teravainen '12, RW, Chicago, Jokerit (SM-LIIGA)
61. Tom Wilson '12, RW, Washington, Plymouth (OHL)
62. Zemgus Girgensons '12, C, Buffalo, Dubuque (USHL)
63. Drew Shore '09, C, Florida, San Antonio (AHL)
64. Teemu Hartikainen '08, LW, Edmonton, Oklahoma (AHL)
65. Brock Nelson '10, C, NY Islanders, Bridgeport (AHL)
66. Phillip Danault '11, C, Chicago, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
67. Tomas Hertl '12, C, San Jose, Slavia Praha (CZE)
68. Reilly Smith '09, RW, Dallas, Dallas (NHL)
69. Brendan Gaunce '12, C, Vancouver, Belleville (OHL)
70. Jared Knight '10, RW, Boston, London (OHL)
71. Maxime Sauve '08, C, Boston, Boston (NHL)
72. Sebastien Collberg '12, RW, Montreal, Frolunda (SEL)
73. Pontus Aberg '12, LW, Nashville, Djurgarden (SEL)
74. Mark Jankowski '12, C, Calgary, Stanstead College (MPHL)
75. Tanner Pearson '12, LW, Los Angeles, Barrie (OHL)
76. Martin Frk '12, RW, Detroit, Halifax (QMJHL)
77. Henrik Samuelsson '12, RW, Phoenix, Edmonton (WHL)
78. Scott Laughton '12, C, Philadelphia, Oshawa (OHL)
79. Stefan Matteau '12, LW, New Jersey, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
80. Phil Di Giuseppe '12, LW, Carolina, Michigan (CCHA)
81. Chandler Stephenson '12, C, Washington, Regina (WHL)
82. Rocco Grimaldi '11, C, Florida, North Dakota (WCHA)
83. Joey Hishon '10, C, Colorado, Did Not Play - Injured
84. Alex Killorn '07, LW, Tampa Bay, Norfolk (AHL)
85. Matt Puempel '11, LW, Ottawa, Binghamton (AHL)
86. Rickard Rakell '11, RW, Anaheim, Plymouth (OHL)
87. Tyler Biggs '11, RW, Toronto, Miami-Ohio (CCHA)
88. Nicklas Jensen '11, LW, Vancouver, Chicago (AHL)
89. Brendan Gallagher '10, RW, Montreal, Vancouver (WHL)
90. Colton Sissons '12, C, Nashville, Kelowna (WHL)
91. Lukas Sutter '12, C, Winnipeg, Saskatoon (WHL)
92. Nicolas Kerdiles '12, LW, Anaheim, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
93. Ivan Telegin '10, C, Winnipeg, Barrie (OHL)
94. Linden Vey '09, RW, Los Angeles, Manchester (AHL)
95. Peter Holland '09, C, Anaheim, Anaheim (NHL)
96. John Gaudreau '11, RW, Calgary, Boston College (HE)
97. Danny Kristo '08, RW, Montreal, North Dakota (WCHA)
98. Richard Panik '09, RW, Tampa Bay, Norfolk (AHL)
99. Marcus Foligno '09, LW, Buffalo, Buffalo (NHL)
100. Brandon Pirri '09, C, Chicago, Chicago (NHL)
101. Tobias Rieder '11, C, Edmonton, Kitchener (OHL)
102. Michael St. Croix '11, C, NY Rangers, Edmonton (WHL)
103. Vincent Trocheck '11, C, Florida, Saginaw (OHL)
104. Matt Nieto '11, LW, San Jose, Boston University (HE)
105. Stephane Da Costa (UD), C, Ottawa, Ottawa (NHL)
106. Carl Klingberg '09, RW, Winnipeg, Winnipeg (NHL)
107. Scott Glennie '09, RW, Dallas, Texas (AHL)
108. Jerry D'Amigo '09, RW, Toronto, Toronto (AHL)
109. Greg Nemisz '08, C, Calgary, Calgary (NHL)
110. Andre Petersson '08, RW, Ottawa, Binghamton (AHL)
111. Quinton Howden '10, LW, Florida, Moose Jaw (WHL)
112. Stefan Noesen '11, RW, Ottawa, Plymouth (OHL)
113. Max Friberg '07, LW, Anaheim, Timra (SEL)
114. Tom Kuhnhackl '10, RW, Pittsburgh, Niagara (OHL)
115. Nick Petersen '09, RW, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
116. Landon Ferraro '09, C, Detroit, Grand Rapids (AHL)
117. Cam Atkinson '08, RW, Columbus, Columbus (NHL)
118. Boone Jenner '11, C, Columbus, Oshawa (OHL)
119. Nikita Kucherov '11, RW, Tampa Bay, CSKA (KHL)
120. Anton Rodin '09, RW, Vancouver, Chicago (AHL)
121. Andy Miele (UD), C, Phoenix, Phoenix (NHL)
122. Tyler Pitlick '10, LW, Edmonton, Oklahoma (AHL)
123. Jori Lehtera '08, C, St. Louis, Sibir (KHL)
124. Patrice Cormier '08, C, Winnipeg, Winnipeg (AHL)
125. Toni Rajala '09, LW, Edmonton, Ilves (SM-LIIGA)
126. Justin Fontaine (UD), RW, Minnesota, Houston (AHL)
127. Nick Cousins '11, C, Philadelphia, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
128. Freddie Hamilton '10, C, San Jose, Niagara (OHL)
129. Brad Ross '10, LW, Toronto, Portland (WHL)
130. Riley Sheahan '10, C, Detroit, Grand Rapids (AHL)
131. Jarrod Maidens '12, LW, Ottawa, Owen Sound (OHL)
132. Jordan Weal '10, C, Los Angeles, Manchester (AHL)
133. Theodor Blueger '12, C, Pittsburgh, Shattuck-St. Marys (MN-HS)
134. Brian Hart '12, RW, Tampa Bay, Exeter Academy (NEDI)
135. Cristoval Nieves '12, C, NY Rangers, Kent School (CT-HS)
136. Connor Brickley '10, LW, Florida, Vermont (HE)
137. Ryan Martindale '10, C, Edmonton, Oklahoma (AHL)
138. Jimmy Hayes '08, RW, Chicago, Rockford (AHL)
139. Lucas Lessio '11, LW, Phoenix, Oshawa (OHL)
140. Corban Knight '09, C, Florida, North Dakota (WCHA)
141. Markus Granlund '11, C, Calgary, HIFK (SM-LIIGA)
142. Michael Bournival '10, C, Montreal, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
143. Brett Bulmer '10, RW, Minnesota, Minnesota (NHL)
144. Eric Wellwood '09, LW, Philadelphia, Philadelphia (NHL)
145. Andrew Shaw '11, C, Chicago, Chicago (NHL)
146. Victor Rask '11, C, Carolina, Calgary (WHL)
147. Kevin Sundher '10, C, Buffalo, Brandon (WHL)
148. Tomas Kubalik '08, RW, Columbus, Columbus (AHL)
149. Kyle Rau '11, C, Florida, Minnesota (WCHA)
150. William Karlsson '11, C, Anaheim, Vasteras (SWE.2)
 
DEFENSEMEN
 
(RANK, PLAYER/DRAFT YEAR, POS, NHL TEAM, 2011-12 CLUB)
 
1. Dougie Hamilton '11, D, Boston, Niagara (OHL)
2. Ryan Ellis '09, D, Nashville, Nashville (NHL)
3. Brendan Smith '07, D, Detroit, Detroit (NHL)
4. Brandon Gormley '10, D, Phoenix, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
5. Morgan Rielly '12, D, Toronto, Moose Jaw (WHL)
6. Ryan Murray '12, D, Columbus, Everett (WHL)
7. Matt Dumba '12, D, Minnesota, Red Deer (WHL)
8. Stefan Elliott '09, D, Colorado, Colorado (NHL)
9. Justin Schultz '08, D, Edmonton, Wisconsin (WCHA)
10. Griffin Reinhart '12, D, NY Islanders, Edmonton (WHL)
11. Derrick Pouliot '12, D, Pittsburgh, Portland (WHL)
12. Joe Morrow '11, D, Pittsburgh, Portland (WHL)
13. Jonas Brodin '11, D, Minnesota, Farjestad (SEL)
14. Jacob Trouba '12, D, Winnipeg, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
15. Oscar Klefbom '11, D, Edmonton, Farjestad (SEL)
16. Ryan Murphy '11, D, Carolina, Kitchener (OHL)
17. Nathan Beaulieu '11, D, Montreal, Saint John (QMHJL)
18. Tim Erixon '09, D, Columbus, NY Rangers (NHL)
19. David Savard '09, D, Columbus, Springfield (AHL)
20. Jarred Tinordi '10, D, Montreal, London (OHL)
21. Simon Despres '09, D, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (NHL)
22. David Rundblad '09, D, Phoenix, Phoenix (NHL)
23. Jonathan Merrill '10, D, New Jersey, Michigan (CCHA)
24. Cody Ceci '12, D, Ottawa, Ottawa (OHL)
25. Olli Maatta '12, D, Pittsburgh, London (OHL)
26. Hampus Lindholm '12, D, Anaheim, Rogle (SWE.2)
27. Scott Harrington '11, D, Pittsburgh, London (OHL)
28. Calvin de Haan '09, D, NY Islanders, Bridgeport (OHL)
29. Patrick Wiercioch '08, D, Ottawa, Binghamton (AHL)
30. Tyson Barrie '09, D, Colorado, Colorado (NHL)
31. Maxim Goncharov '07, D, Phoenix, Portland (AHL)
32. Mark Pysyk '10, D, Buffalo, Edmonton (WHL)
33. Alexander Petrovic '10, D, Florida, San Antonio (AHL)
34. Derek Forbort '10, D, Los Angeles, North Dakota (WCHA)
35. David Musil '11, D, Edmonton, Vancouver (WHL)
36. Duncan Siemens '11, D, Colorado, Lake Erie (WHL)
37. Jamie Oleksiak '11, D, Dallas, Niagara (OHL)
38. Mark Barberio '08, D, Tampa Bay, Norfolk (AHL)
39. Dylan Olsen '09, D, Chicago, Rockford (AHL)
40. Michael Matheson '12, D, Florida, Dubuque (USHL)
41. Matt Finn '12, D, Toronto, Guelph (OHL)
42. Sami Vatanen '09, D, Anaheim, Jyvaskyla (SM-LIIGA)
43. Scott Mayfield '11, D, NY Islanders, Denver (WCHA)
44. Brayden McNabb '09, D, Buffalo, Buffalo (NHL)
45. Paul Postma '07, D, Winnipeg, St. John's (AHL)
46. Adam Clendening '11, D, Chicago, Boston University (HE)
47. Connor Murphy '11, D, Phoenix, Sarnia (OHL)
48. Nick Petrecki '07, D, San Jose, Worcester (AHL)
49. Colby Cohen '07, D, Boston, Providence (AHL)
50. Jerome Gauthier-Leduc '10, D, Buffalo, Rimouski (QMJHL)
51. Brian Dumoulin '09, D, Carolina, Boston College (HE)
52. Danny Biega '10, D, Carolina, Harvard (ECAC)
53. Martin Marincin '10, D, Edmonton, Oklahoma (AHL)
54. Brenden Dillon (UD), D, Dallas, Texas (AHL)
55. Jake Muzzin '07, D, Los Angeles, Manchester (AHL)
56. Mattias Ekholm '09, D, Nashville, Brynas (SEL)
57. Kevin Connauton '09, D, Vancouver, Chicago (AHL)
58. Eric Gelinas '09, D, New Jersey, Albany (AHL)
59. Ryan Sproul '11, D, Detroit, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
60. Mark Alt '10, D, Carolina, Minnesota (WCHA)
61. Dylan McIlrath '10, D, NY Rangers, Connecticut (AHL)
62. Shawn Lalonde '08, D, Chicago, Rockford (AHL)
63. Cody Goloubef '08, D, Columbus, Springfield (AHL)
64. Patrik Nemeth '10, D, Dallas, AIK (SEL)
65. Charles-Olivier Roussel '09, D, Nashville, Saint John (QMJHL)
66. Erik Gustafsson (UD), D, Philadelphia, Philadelphia (NHL)
67. Brady Skjei '12, D, NY Rangers, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
68. Alex Plante '07, D, Edmonton, Oklahoma (AHL)
69. Stephen Johns '10, D, Chicago, Notre Dame (CCHA)
70. Xavier Ouellet '11, D, Detroit, Boisbriand (QMJHL)
71. Alexander Urbom '09, D, New Jersey, Albany (AHL)
72. Cameron Gaunce '08, D, Colorado, Lake Erie (AHL)
73. Matt Donovan '08, D, NY Islanders, Bridgeport (AHL)
74. Adam Polasek '10, D, Vancouver, Chicago (AHL)
75. Jordan Schmaltz '12, D, St. Louis, Green Bay (USHL)
76. Dalton Thrower '12, D, Montreal, Saskatoon (WHL)
77. Damon Severson '12, D, New Jersey, Kelowna (WHL)
78. Kevin Marshall '07, D, Washington, Philadelphia (NHL)
79. Ville Pokka '12, D, NY Islanders, Karpat (SM-LIIGA)
80. Mike Stone '08, D, Phoenix, Phoenix (NHL)
81. Martin Gernat '11, D, Edmonton, Edmonton (WHL)
82. T.J. Brennan '07, D, Buffalo, Buffalo (AHL)
83. Aaron Ness '08, D, NY Islanders, NY Islanders (NHL)
84. Joel Edmundson '11, D, St. Louis, Moose Jaw (WHL)
85. Colby Robak '08, D, Florida, San Antonio (AHL)
86. Jani Hakanpaa '10, D, St. Louis, Espoo (SM-LIIGA)
87. Adam Almqvist '08, D, Detroit, Grand Rapids (AHL)
88. Brandon Burlon '08, D, New Jersey, Albany (AHL)
89. Jesse Blacker '09, D, Toronto, Toronto (AHL)
90. Ludwig Bystrom '12, D, Dallas, Modo (SEL)
91. Brennan Serville '11, D, Winnipeg, Michigan (CCHA)
92. Patrick McNally '10, D, Vancouver, Harvard (ECAC)
93. Stuart Percy '11, D, Toronto, Mississauga (OHL)
94. Taylor Doherty '09, D, San Jose, Worcester (AHL)
95. Philip Samuelsson '09, D, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
96. Julian Melchiori '10, D, Winnipeg, Oshawa (OHL)
97. Matt Bartkowski '08, D, Boston, Providence (AHL)
98. Yann Sauve '08, D, Vancouver, Chicago (AHL)
99. Mike Reilly '11, D, Columbus, Penticton (BCHL)
100. Torey Krug (UD), D, Boston, Michigan State (CCHA)
 
GOALIES
 
(RANK, PLAYER/DRAFT YEAR, POS, NHL TEAM, 2011-12 CLUB)
 
1. Jacob Markstrom '08, G, Florida, San Antonio (AHL)
2. Robin Lehner '08, G, Ottawa, Binghamton (NHL)
3. Matt Hackett '09, G, Minnesota, Minnesota (NHL)
4. Jack Campbell '10, G, Dallas, Texas (AHL)
5. Jake Allen '08, G, St. Louis, Peoria (AHL)
6. Calvin Pickard '10, G, Colorado, Lake Erie (AHL)
7. Braden Holtby '08, G, Washington, Hershey (AHL)
8. Andrey Vasilevski '12, G, Tampa Bay, Ufa Toplar (MHLJ)
9. Malcolm Subban '12, G, Boston, Belleville (OHL)
10. Oscar Dansk '12, G, Columbus, Brynas (SWE.2)
11. Anders Lindback '08, G, Tampa Bay, Nashville (NHL)
12. Eddie Lack (UD), G, Vancouver, Chicago (AHL)
13. Darcy Kuemper '09, G, Minnesota, Houston (AHL)
14. Mark Visentin '10, G, Phoenix, Niagara (OHL)
15. Tyler Bunz '10, G, Edmonton, Medicine Hat (WHL)
16. John Gibson '11, G, Anaheim, Kitchener (OHL)
17. Dustin Tokarski '08, G, Tampa Bay, Norfolk (AHL)
18. Martin Jones (UD), G, Los Angeles, Manchester (AHL)
19. Igor Bobkov '09, G, Anaheim, Kingston (OHL)
20. Laurent Brossoit '11, G, Calgary, Edmonton (WHL)
21. Peter Mrazek '10, G, Detroit, Ottawa (OHL)
22. Eddie Pasquale '09, G, Winnipeg, St. John's (AHL)
23. Christopher Gibson '11, G, Los Angeles, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
24. Kevin Poulin '08, G, NY Islanders, Bridgeport AHL)
25. Scott Wedgewood '10, G, New Jersey, Plymouth (OHL)
26. Harri Sateri '08, G, San Jose, Worcester (AHL)
27. Frederik Andersen '12, G, Anaheim, Frolunda (SEL)
28. Anders Nilsson '09, G, NY Islanders, Bridgeport (AHL)
29. Jason Missiaen '08, G, Montreal, Greenville (ECHL)
30. Philipp Grubauer '10, G, Washington, South Carolina (ECHL)
31. Scott Stajcer '09, G, NY Rangers, Owen Sound (OHL)
32. Tyler Beskorowany '08, G, Dallas, Texas (AHL)
33. David Honzik '11, G, Vancouver, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
34. Anthony Stolarz '12, G, Philadelphia, Corpus Christi (NAHL)
35. Mikko Koskinen '09, G, NY Islanders, KalPa (SM-LIIGA)
36. Joonas Korpisalo '12, G, Columbus, Jokerit Jr. A (FIN)
37. Joni Ortio '09, G, Calgary, Abbotsford (AHL)
38. Jon Gillies '12, G, Calgary, Indiana (USHL)
39. Matthew Murray '12, G, Pittsburgh, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
40. Brandon Whitney '12, G, Chicago, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
41. Magnus Hellberg '11, G, Nashville, Frolunda (SEL)
42. Sami Aittokallio '10, G, Colorado, Ilves (SM-LIIGA)
43. Jeremy Smith '07, G, Nashville, Milwaukee (AHL)
44. Nathan Lieuwen '11, G, Buffalo, Kootenay (WHL)
45. Olivier Roy '09, G, Edmonton, Stockton (ECHL)
46. Daniel Altshuller '12, G, Carolina, Oshawa (OHL)
47. Chris Drieder '12, G, Ottawa, Calgary (WHL)
48. Jake Paterson '12, G, Detroit, Saginaw (OHL)
49. Collin Olson '12, G, Carolina, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
50. Francois Tremblay '12, G, St. Louis, Val-d'Or (QMJHL)

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