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Top 300 Prospects: Part 1 - The Forwards

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.

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%).

RANKPLAYER/DRAFT YEARPOSNHL TEAM2012-13 CLUB
1Jonathan Huberdeau '11CFloridaFlorida (NHL)
2Evgeny Kuznetsov '10 CWashingtonChelyabinsk (KHL)
3Vladimir Tarasenko '10RWSt. LouisSt. Louis (NHL)
4Alex Galchenyuk '12CMontrealMontreal (NHL)
5Nail Yakupov '12RWEdmontonEdmonton (NHL)
6Mikael Granlund '10CMinnesotaMinnesota (NHL)
7Chris Kreider '09LWNY RangersConnecticut (AHL)
8Ryan Strome '11CNY IslandersNiagara (OHL)
9Charlie Coyle '10RWMinnesotaMinnesota (NHL)
10Jakob Silfverberg '09RWOttawaOttawa (NHL)
11Mika Zibanejad '11COttawaOttawa (NHL)
12Mark Scheifele '11CWinnipegBarrie (OHL)
13Gustav Nyquist '08CDetroitGrand Rapids (AHL)
14Filip Forsberg '12LWWashingtonLeksands (SEL-2)
15Mikhail Grigorenko '12CBuffaloBuffalo (NHL)
16Tyler Toffoli '10RWLos AngelesManchester (AHL)
17Sven Baertschi '11LWCalgaryCalgary (NHL)
18Jaden Schwartz '10CSt. LouisSt. Louis (NHL)
19Boone Jenner '11CColumbusOshawa (OHL)
20Calle Jarnkrok '10RWDetroitBrynas (SEL)
21Teuvo Teravainen '12RWChicagoJokerit (SM-LIIGA)
22Brandon Saad '11LWChicagoChicago (AHL)
23Emerson Etem '10 CAnaheimAnaheim (NHL)
24Mark Stone '10RWOttawaOttawa (NHL)
25Cory Conacher (UD)LWTampa BayTampa Bay (NHL)
26J.T. Miller '11LWNY RangersNY Rangers (NHL)
27Scott Laughton '12CPhiladelphiaOshawa (OHL)
28Joel Armia '11RWBuffaloAssat Pori (SM-LIIGA)
29Tomas Hertl '12CSan JoseSlavia Praha (CZE)
30Nick Bjugstad '10 CFloridaMinnesota (WCHA)
31Drew Shore '09CFloridaFlorida (NHL)
32Rickard Rakell '11RWAnaheimPlymouth (OHL)
33John Gaudreau '11RWCalgaryBoston College (HE)
34Marcus Foligno '09LWBuffaloBuffalo (NHL)
35Brett Ritchie '11 NEWRWDallasNiagara (OHL)
36Zemgus Girgensons '12CBuffaloRochester (AHL)
37Ty Rattie '11RWSt. LouisPortland (WHL)
38Beau Bennett '10RWPittsburghWilkes-Barre (AHL)
39Austin Watson '10RWNashvilleMilwaukee (AHL)
40Radek Faksa '12CDallasKitchener (OHL)
41Jason Zucker '10LWMinnesotaMinnesota (NHL)
42Cody Eakin '09CDallasDallas (NHL)
43Stefan Matteau '12LWNew JerseyNew Jersey (NHL)
44Nikita Kucherov '11RWTampa BayRouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
45Stefan Noesen '11RWOttawaPlymouth (OHL)
46Sebastian Collberg '12RWMontrealFrolunda (SEL)
47Henrik Samuelsson '12RWPhoenixEdmonton (WHL)
48Michael Bournival '10CMontrealHamilton (AHL)
49Dmitrij Jaskin '11RWSt. LouisMoncton (QMJHL)
50Ryan Spooner '10CBostonProvidence (AHL)
51Brock Nelson '10CNY IslandersBridgeport (AHL)
52Joe Colborne '08LWTorontoToronto (AHL)
53Johan Larsson '10LWMinnesotaHouston (AHL)
54Tomas Tatar '09LWDetroitDetroit (NHL)
55Kirill Kabanov '10 LWNY IslandersBridgeport (AHL)
56Zac Dalpe '08CCarolinaCharlotte (AHL)
57Jordan Schroeder '09CVancouverVancouver (NHL)
58Teemu Pulkkinen '10LWDetroitJokerit (SM-LIIGA)
59Zack Phillips '11CMinnesotaSaint John (QMJHL)
60Greg McKegg '10CTorontoToronto (AHL)
61Alexander Khokhlachev '11CBostonWindsor (OHL)
62Tomas Jurco '11RWDetroitGrand Rapids (AHL)
63Carter Ashton '09LWTorontoToronto (AHL)
64Jeremy Morin '09RWChicagoRockford (AHL)
65Brendan Gallagher '10RWMontrealMontreal (NHL)
66Peter Holland '09CAnaheim Norfolk (AHL)
67Shane Prince '11LWOttawaBinghamton (AHL)
68Brandon Pirri '09CChicagoRockford (AHL)
69Christian Thomas '10RWNY RangersConnecticut (AHL)
70Evgeny Grachev '08CSt. LouisPeoria (AHL)
71Alex Chiasson '09RWDallasTexas (AHL}
72Max Reinhart '10CCalgaryAbbotsford (AHL)
73Kirill Petrov '08RWNY IslandersKazan (KHL)
74Taylor Beck '09LWNashvilleMilwaukee (AHL)
75Vladislav Namestnikov '11CTampa BaySyracuse (AHL)
76Kyle Beach '08LWChicagoRockford (AHL)
77Mark McNeill '11CChicagoPrince Albert (WHL)
78Tom Wilson '12RWWashingtonPlymouth (OHL)
79Phillip Danault '11CChicagoVictoriaville (QMJHL)
80Reilly Smith '09RWDallasDallas (NHL)
81Brendan Gaunce '12CVancouverBelleville (OHL)
82Jared Knight '10RWBostonProvidence (AHL)
83Pontus Aberg '12LWNashvilleDjurgarden (SEL)
84Mark Jankowski '12CCalgaryProvidence College (HE)
85Tanner Pearson '12LWLos AngelesManchester (AHL)
86Martin Frk '12RWDetroitHalifax (QMJHL)
87Teemu Hartikainen '08LWEdmontonEdmonton (NHL)
88Alex Killorn '07LWTampa BayTampa Bay (NHL)
89Matt Puempel '11LWOttawaKitchener (OHL)
90Phil Di Giuseppe '12LWCarolinaMichigan (CCHA)
91Chandler Stephenson '12CWashingtonRegina (WHL)
91Rocco Grimaldi '11CFloridaNorth Dakota (WCHA)
92Joey Hishon '10 CColoradoLake Erie (AHL)
93Stanislav Galiev '10LWWashingtonReading (ECHL)
94Tyler Biggs '11RWTorontoOshawa (OHL)
95Nicklas Jensen '11LWVancouverAIK (SEL)
96Colton Sissons '12CNashvilleKelowna (WHL)
97Lukas Sutter '12CWinnipegSaskatoon (WHL)
98Ivan Telegin '10CWinnipegSt. John's (AHL)
99Linden Vey '09RWLos AngelesManchester (AHL)
100Danny Kristo '08RWMontrealNorth Dakota (WCHA)
101Richard Panik '09RWTampa BaySyracuse (AHL)
102Tobias Rieder '11CEdmontonKitchener (OHL)
103Maxime Sauve '08CBostonProvidence (AHL)
104Michael St. Croix '11CNY RangersEdmonton (WHL)
105Vincent Trocheck '11CFloridaPlymouth (OHL)
106Matt Nieto '11LWSan JoseBoston University (HE)
107Stephane Da Costa (UD)COttawaBinghamton (AHL)
108Carl Klingberg '09RWWinnipegSt. John's (AHL)
109Jerry D'Amigo '09RWTorontoToronto (AHL)
110Greg Nemisz '08CCalgaryAbbotsford (AHL)
111Andre Petersson '08RWOttawaBinghamton (AHL)
112Quinton Howden '10 LWFloridaSan Antonio (AHL)
113Daniil Zharkov '12 NEWLWEdmontonBelleville (OHL)
114Max Friberg '11LWAnaheimTimra (SEL)
115Tom Kuhnhackl '10RWPittsburghWilkes-Barre (AHL)
116Landon Ferraro '09CDetroitGrand Rapids (AHL)
117Cam Atkinson '08RWColumbusColumbus (NHL)
118Nicolas Kerdiles '12LW AnaheimWisconsin (WCHA)
119Theodor Blueger '12CPittsburghMinnesota State (WCHA)
120Anton Rodin '09RWVancouverChicago (AHL)
121Andy Miele (UD)CPhoenixPortland (AHL)
122Corban Knight '09CFloridaNorth Dakota (WCHA)
123Jori Lehtera '08CSt. LouisSibir (KHL)
124Michael Sgarbossa (UD) NEWLW ColoradoColorado (NHL)
125Reid Boucher '11 NEWLWNew JerseySarnia (OHL)
126Jordan Weal '10CLos AngelesManchester (AHL)
127Matej Stransky '11 NEWRWDallasSaskatoon (WHL)
128William Karlsson '11CAnaheimHV 71 (SEL)
129Tim Bozon '12LWMontrealKamloops (WHL)
130Victor Rask '11CCarolinaCalgary (WHL)
131Jimmy Vesey '12 NEWLWNashvilleHarvard (ECAC)
132Freddie Hamilton '10CSan JoseWorcester (AHL)
133Kevin Hayes '10CChicagoBoston College (HE)
134Riley Sheahan '10CDetroitGrand Rapids (AHL)
135Cristoval Nieves '12CNY RangersMichigan (CCHA)
136Connor Brickley '10LWFloridaVermont (HE)
137Ryan Martindale '10CEdmontonOklahoma (AHL)
138Jimmy Hayes '08RWChicagoRockford (AHL)
139Lucas Lessio '11LWPhoenixOshawa (OHL)
140Anthony Camara '11 NEWLWBostonBarrie (OHL)
141Markus Granlund '11CCalgaryHIFK (SM-LIIGA)
142Mikka Salomaki '11 NEWRWNashvilleKarpat (SM-LIIGA)
143Daniel Catenacci '11 NEWCBuffaloOwen Sound (OHL)
144Charles Hudon '12 NEWLWMontrealChicoutimi (QMJHL)
145Nick Cousins '11 NEWCPhiladelphiaSault Ste. Marie (OHL)
146Brett Bulmer '10RWMinnesotaHouston (AHL)
147Kevin Sundher '10CBuffaloRochester (AHL)
148Tomas Kubalik '08RWColumbusSpringfield (AHL)
149Kyle Rau '11CFloridaMinnesota (WCHA)
150Joshua Leivo '11 NEWLWTorontoKitchener (OHL)


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