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NHL Prospect Rankings: Midseason Rankings

Jon Litterine

Jon Litterine

A native of Long Island and graduate of U Mass-Lowell, Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead NHL Prospect Analyst. When he isn't watching his Rangers or Mets struggle, his other passion is MMA.


TOP 100 NHL Prospects: Midseason Edition
By, Jon Litterine

We are more than halfway through the 2013-14 season and the top prospects in the NHL are starting to leave their mark, wherever they may be playing. Several players have graduated from the list and there is a new face at the top. Without further ado:

(Notes: Players with 25 games or more or regular season NHL experience are not included. All stats as of January 29, 2014)

1. Jonathan Drouin (F-TB)
2. Evgeny Kuznetsov (F-WSH): Only thing keeping him from the top spot is my concern he may never come over to play in North America.
3. Teuvo Teravainen (F-CHI)
4. John Gibson (G-ANA)
5. Ryan Strome (F-NYI): Dominating in AHL, struggled in first taste of NHL action.
6. Andrei Vasilevskiy (G-TB)
7. Anthony Mantha (F-DET): Fantastic at WJC, has 41 G and 85 pts in 39 QMJHL games
8. Derrick Pouliot (D-PIT)
9. Griffin Reinhart (D-NYI)
10. Johnny Gaudreau (F-CGY): Averaging two points-per-game in Hockey East.
11. Filip Forsberg (F-NSH)
12. Oscar Klefbom (D-EDM)
13. Mathew Dumba (D-MIN): Back in the WHL (where he belongs) to finish season.
14. Darnell Nurse (D-EDM)
15. Dmitrij Jaskin (F-STL)
16. Joel Armia (F-BUF)
17. Andrei Burakovsky (F-WSH): Continues to terrorize OHL playing alongside Connor McDavid in Erie.
18. Alexander Wennberg (F-CBJ)
19. Danny Kristo (F-NYR): Very consistent first pro season in Hartford (AHL).
20. Nikita Zadorov (D-BUF)
21. Cody Ceci (D-OTT): Has performed well beyond expectations in early NHL career.
22. Max Domi (F-PHO)
23. Rasmus Ristolainen (D-BUF)
24. Jake Allen (G-STL): Only a matter of time before he gets his shot full time.
25. Nathan Beaulieu (D-MTL)
26. Bo Horvat (F-VAN)
27. Ty Rattie (F-STL)
28. Oscar Dansk (G-CBJ): Proving last year's rough first season in North America was a fluke.
29. Calle Jarnkrok (F-DET)
30. Rocco Grimaldi (F-FLA)
31. Radek Faksa (F-DAL)
32. Erik Haula (F-MIN)
33. Michael Matheson (D-FLA)
34. Malcolm Subban (G-BOS)
35. Scott Laughton (F-PHI)
36. Jamie Oleksiak (D-DAL)
37. Nic Kerdiles (F-ANA): Looked great for Team USA at WJC.
38. Kerby Rychel (F-CBJ)
39. Curtis Lazar (F-OTT)
40. Vladislav Namestnikov (F-TB): 30 PTS in 27 AHL games this season.
41. Zachary Fucale (G-MTL): Uneven performance when given chance at WJC.
42. Martin Marincin (D-EDM): Getting a full time look in Edmonton.
43. Brett Ritchie (F-DAL)
44. Ryan Hartman (F-CHI)
45. Samuel Morin (D-PHI)
46. Brandon Gormley (D-PHO)
47. Victor Rask (F-CAR)
48. Danny O'Regan (F-SJ)
49. Nicklas Jensen (F-VAN): Dreadful season (10 PTS in 35 AHL games) continues.
50. Scott Harrington (D-PIT)
51. Josh Morrissey (D-WPG)
52. Hunter Shinkaruk (F-VAN): Failed to make Team Canada at WJC, now out for season with an injury.
53. Kevin Roy (F-ANA)
54. Sebastian Collberg (F-MTL)
55. Jon Gillies (G-CGY)
56. Teemu Pulkkinen (F-DET)
57. Reid Boucher (F-NJ)
58. Joe Morrow (D-BOS)
59. Brady Skjei (D-NYR)
60. Mark Jankowski (F-CGY)
61. Vince Trocheck (F-FLA)
62. Mark McNeill (F-CHI)
63. Matt Grzelcyk (D-BOS): Elite skating ability was on full display at WJC.
64. Adam Erne (F-TB)
65. Charles Hudon (F-MTL)
66. Jake McCabe (D-BUF)
67. Ian McCoshen (D-FLA)
68. Henrik Samuelsson (F-PHO)
69. Stefan Matteau (F-NJ)
70. Steve Santini (D-NJ)
71. Shea Theodore (D-ANA): Nearly made Ducks out of camp, now has 60 PTS in 40 WHL games.
72. Tanner Pearson (F-LA)
73. Pavel Buchnevich (F-NYR): More than holding his own (15 PTS in 36 GP) as an 18-year-old in the KHL
74. Riley Sheahan (F-DET): Don't expect offensive production to continue.
75. Alexander Khokhlachev (F-BOS)
76. Damon Severson (D-NJ)
77. Tomas Jurco (F-DET)
78. Nic Petan (F-WPG)
79. Colton Sissons (F-NSH)
80. TJ Tynan (F-CBJ)
81. Anthony Duclair (F-NYR): 42 G and 75 PTS in 47 QMJHL games.
82. Devin Shore (F-DAL)
83. Joey Hishon (F-COL): Has returned to action (concussions). Total wild card at this point.
84. Frank Corrado (D-VAN)
85. Brendan Gaunce (F-VAN)
86. Markus Granlund (F-CGY): 17 G, 30 PTS in 39 GP in his first season in North America. NHL debut is coming.
87. Shayne Gostisbehere (D-PHI)
88. Fredrik Gauthier (F-TOR): Very concerned he won't be able to produce offensively at NHL level.
89. Mario Lucia (F-MIN)
90. Hudson Fasching (F-LA): Really showed off his speed at WJC on large ice surface.
91. Jacob de La Rose (F-MTL)
92. Anthony Stolarz (G-PHI)
93. Connor Hellebuyck (G-WPG): Might be the best goalie in the entire Winnipeg system (including, Ondrej Pavelec).
94. Austin Watson (F-NSH)
95. Vince Hinostroza (F-CHI)
96. JT Compher (F-BUF): Injury suffered in pre tournament caused him to miss the WJC.
97. Oliver Bjorkstrand (F-CBJ): Third leading scorer in WHL (71 PTS in 48 GP).
98. Adam Clendening (D-CHI)
99. Taylor Leier (F-PHI): Surprise addition to Team Canada at WJC.
100. Ryan Sproul (D-DET)

FELL OFF

Xavier Ouellet (D-DET): Has made NHL debut, but 13 PTS in 41 AHL GP isn't enough for a defenseman whose value lies with his offensive ability.
Zack Phillips (F-MIN)
Oscar Lindberg (F-NYR)
Dylan McIlrath (D-NYR): Tough as nails, but looked overmatched in first NHL duty.
Mike McCarron (F-MTL): Has just seven goals and 20 points in 45 GP for a loaded London (OHL) team.

GRADUATED

Nathan MacKinnon (F-COL)
Seth Jones (D-NSH)
Aleksander Barkov (F-FLA)
Tomas Hertl (F-SJ)
Ryan Murray (D-CBJ)
Mark Scheifele (F-WPG)
Morgan Rielly (D-TOR)
Sean Monahan (F-CGY)
Valeri Nichushkin (F-DAL)
Ryan Murphy (D-CAR)
Hampus Lindholm (D-ANA)
Tyler Toffoli (F-LA)
Jon Merrill (D-NJ)
Elias Lindholm (F-CAR)
Nick Bjugstad (F-FLA)
Boone Jenner (F-CBJ)
Danny DeKeyser (D-DET)
Matt Nieto (F-SJ)
Brock Nelson (F-NYI)
Tom Wilson (F-WSH)
Nikita Kucherov (F-TB)
Andrej Sustr (D-TB)
Olli Maatta (D-PIT)
Sami Vatanen (D-ANA)
Torey Krug (D-BOS)
Mark Pysyk (D-BUF)