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NHL Prospect Rankings: Midseason Rankings

Jon Litterine

Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead MMA Writer and MMA Editor. He has covered numerous MMA events live. He's also RW's NHL Prospect Analyst. Jon has been writing for RotoWire since 2005. He is a graduate of U Mass-Lowell.

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)


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.


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)