Darryl's Dispatch: Top 300 NHL Prospects
Darryl's Dispatch: Top 300 NHL Prospects

This article is part of our Darryl's Dispatch series.

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 thirty-six 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 of 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 t

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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