This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
Much like the NFL, NBA, and MLB, interest in NHL prospects and young, up-and-coming players is at an all-time high. Organizations seeking to rebuild their teams have increasingly focused on stockpiling draft picks and figuring the rest out later.
The players listed below won't all be NHL regulars, or even sign with the team that drafted them, but they'll all, at a minimum, serve as valuable currency to make deals with other organizations down the line. Forget Connor McDavid ($12.5 million) or Sidney Crosby ($8.7 million), the most valuable asset in today's NHL is a regular contributor on an entry-level contract. If that player is a star, all the better. It provides general managers with unmatched flexibility to construct the remainder of their roster.
With that in mind, this is the first of a two-part series covering our annual rankings of the top-100 prospects in the NHL. In addition, we will have a four-part series in September, broken down by division, covering the top prospects of all 31 NHL organizations.
(Note: players with 25 or more games of NHL regular-season experience are not eligible for this list)
51) Isac Lundestrom (LW-ANA): It was a strange season for Lundestrom. He began the year in Anaheim before being loaned back to his club team in Sweden, only to finish the year in the AHL. Lundestrom plays a mature game for a 19-year-old and appears to be just about ready for full-time NHL duty. While his long term role might be that of