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Ranking NHL prospect pools – Top prospects, breakouts, pipeline status and more for all 31 teams in 2020-21


#It has been an extremely weird year for NHL prospects, with many playing shortened seasons and/or taking long hiatuses between competitive gameplay. #That takes a toll on player development. #But while it is a bit more difficult to do so than in normal years, we’re ranking every pool and identifying each franchise’s top 10 prospects, a potential breakout candidate for this season and those who might make an NHL-level impact in the next year.

I’ve broken down prospects for each club into three categories, noted in parentheses in the team prospect rankings:

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    A prospects have a high likelihood of becoming NHL high-impact players (i.e. a top-six forward, top-four defenseman or long-term starting goaltender)

  • B prospects have a higher likelihood of becoming NHL regulars and contributors.

  • C prospects showcase the upside to make the NHL, but either need more development time or are more likely to fill out depth roles.

#Systems are most often graded on the backs of their top three or four prospects, but I also place a good deal of value on the depth of systems. #While there is often fluidity in these organizational rankings, with players graduating quickly and changing the face of the system sometimes dramatically on a year-to-year basis, this is how the NHL prospect pools stack up as we gear up for the 2020-21 season.

#Note: #To maintain prospect eligibility, a player must still have rookie status. #Players who appeared in 26 or more NHL regular-season games last season are not eligible, nor are players with at least 50 career NHL contests. #And players are only considered for prospect status if they are 25 or younger.

#Jump to a team:
ANA | ARI | BOS | BUF | CGY | CAR | CHI
COL | CBJ | DAL | DET | EDM | FLA

LA | MIN | MTL | NSH | NJ | NYI
NYR | OTT | PHI | PIT | SJ | STL
TB | TOR | VAN | VGS | WSH | WPG

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#No team has stockpiled prospects in as great a number as the #Kings. #And adding a crown jewel in 2020 #No. 2 overall pick #Quinton #Byfield took a great system and turned it into the class of the league.

The #Los #Angeles system is forward heavy, with the vast majority of their best prospects being natural centers. #Not all of them will be playing center at the next level, but if you’re going to be heavy at one position, that’s certainly not a bad area to focus.

#In addition to #Byfield, the team has five other A-rated prospects and 10 B-rated prospects, both coming in as high-water marks for our entire ranking. #Eight #Kings prospects are in our most recent top 100, as well. The only thing the system is lacking is a bonafide #No. 1 goalie prospect, but they do have some intriguing players in #Lukas #Parik and #Jacob #Ingham, among a few others who could develop.

#Breakout candidate for 2020-21: #Alex #Turcotte
#Potential NHL impact in 2020-21: #Tobias #Bjornfot, #Kale #Clague, #Mikey #Anderson, #Gabriel #Vilardi, #Jaret #Anderson-Dolan


#Landing the #No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft supercharged a prospect pool that was dealing with some high-profile prospect graduations, including #Kaapo #Kakko and #Adam #Fox. #Alexis #Lafreniere joins the fray as the #No. 1 prospect in hockey and one of the most complete wings to enter the league immediately following his draft in some years.

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#On top of adding a new #No. 1 prospect, the #Rangers can also still consider #Igor #Shesterkin a prospect, and he very well could be a #Calder #Trophy favorite this year given his brief audition last season. #He’s the #No. 2 goaltending prospect in hockey behind the recently-drafted #Yaroslav #Askarov and is a foundational piece for the #Rangers going forward. #So, too, should be #Vitali #Kravtsov, who has been lighting up the KHL on loan this season. #Meanwhile, the #Rangers still have to get #Nils #Lundkvist under contract after he put together one of the greatest U20 seasons by a defenseman in SHL history in 2019-20.

#With a great high end of the pool, the #Rangers also boast pool depth with a number of players who should figure into their near future. #That’s especially true on the blue line, as the club can look to K’#Andre #Miller, #Braden #Schneider, #Zach #Jones and #Matt #Robertson.

#Breakout candidate for 2020-21: #Brett #Berard
#Potential NHL impact in 2020-21: #Alexis #Lafreniere, #Igor #Shesterkin, #Morgan #Barron




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