With NHL Trade Deadline fast approaching, here’s a team-by-team look at top prospects that could be used as trade bait before Monday.
Stats as of Feb. 22, 2012
Stats: GP 26 – G 3 – A 2 – P 5 (Anaheim, NHL)
Smith-Pelly is a two-way forward with potential to round into a power-forward. He cracked the Ducks’ lineup to start the season, and only recently returned to the lineup after breaking his left foot on Boxing Day while representing Canada at the world juniors.
Stats: GP 54 – G 52 – A 40 – P 92 (Medicine Hat, WHL)
Etem’s a natural goal scorer with speed to burn. He became the first player in over a decade to score 50 goals in 50 games in the WHL this season.
Stats: GP 34 – G 30 – A 16 – P 46 (Syracuse, AHL)
Palmieri’s an offensive forward on the cusp of becoming a regular on the Ducks. Palmieri received 10-game auditions in each of the past two years.
Stats: GP 39 – G 11 – A 19 – P 30 (JyP HT Jyvaskyla, SM-liiga)
Vatanen is an offensive defenceman playing in his third year of pro hockey in Finland. It’s just a matter of time until he makes a splash on this side of the pond.
Stats: GP 38 – G 14 – 42 – P 56 (Niagara, OHL)
Hamilton is a two-way defenceman with high hockey IQ. He was taken with the second first-round pick as part of the Phil Kessel package.
Stats: GP 24 – G 3 – A 2 – P 5 (Boston, NHL)
Caron plays a power-forward game and could be a vital piece to a team’s future third line. He played more games with the Bruins this season than he has in the American Hockey League.
Stats: GP 45 – G 24 – A 29 – P 53 (Kingston/Sarnia, OHL)
Spooner is a gifted offensive forward with soft hands around the net. He was one of the biggest assets sought before the Ontario Hockey League trade deadline.
Stats: GP 40 – G 22 – A 23 – P 45 (London, OHL)
Knight is an intelligent, two-way forward that will most likely carve his career by playing in a defensive, penalty-killing role. He was taken with the second-round pick acquired as part of the Phil Kessel package.
Stats: GP 45 – G 16 – A 17 – P 33 (Assat Pori, SM-liiga)
Armia is a power-forward in the making with soft hands around the net and the ability to score pretty goals.
Stats: GP 30 – G 15 – A 11 – P 26 (Rochester, AHL)
Kassian plays a power-forward’s game, but can sometimes be a liability given his hits are borderline legal. He’s an intimidating presence and may be in Buffalo to stay after a short stint in the AHL.
Stats: GP 45 – G 5 – A 28 – P 33 (Edmonton, WHL)
Pysyk is a stay-at-home defenceman with room to grow into a shutdown specialist. He represented Canada at the recent world junior tournament.
Stats: GP 28 – G 2 – A 17 – P 19 (Rochester, AHL)
McNabb is a big, intimidating defenceman with leadership skills. Although his offensive game rounded into form in junior, he will most likely develop into a second-pair, defensive defenceman.
Stats: GP 41 – G 24 – A 57 – P 81 (Portland, WHL)
Baertschi is a very gifted playmaker with excellent vision of the ice. Many considered him his team’s top player in Portland’s run to the league finals last season.
Stats: GP 35 – G 10 – A 12 – P 22 (Abbotsford, AHL)
Nemisz is a proven winner with two MasterCard Memorial Cup championships. He will develop into a top six winger who plays a power-forward style.
Stats: GP 25 – GAA 2.32 – Save % .913 – SO 3 (Abbotsford, AHL)
Irving continues to show promise as the Flames’ goaltender of the future. He played well in five games with the Flames earlier this season and won’t need much more seasoning in the minors.
Stats: GP 51 – G 24 – A 42 – P 66 (Kootenay, WHL)
Reinhart is developing into a solid and reliable two-way forward. He is the son of former Flame defenceman Paul Reinhart.
Stats: GP 39 – G 9 – A 33 – P 42 (Kitchener, OHL)
Murphy is a pure offensive defenceman with a fearless approach to carrying the puck into the offensive zone. His defensive play leaves something to be desired, but it is improving.
Stats: GP 43 – G 14 – A 17 – P 31 (Charlotte, AHL)
Boychuk is a speedy forward with offensive instincts. He continues to bounce between the pro and farm team after turning pro three years ago.
Stats: GP 35 – G 11 – A 11 – P 22 (Charlotte, AHL)
Bowman is an offensive forward with potential to develop into a top-six forward. He twice scored more than 40 goals in a season in the WHL and won the MasterCard Memorial Cup in 2008.
Stats: GP 52 – G 26 – A 21 – P 47 (Calgary, WHL)
Rask is an offensive forward with big-time potential as a goal scorer. He is adapting well to the North American game after joining the Hitmen this season.
Stats: GP 47 – G 11 – A 18 – P 29 (Rockford, AHL)
Morin is a pure sniper and offensive threat, in spite of average skating ability. He needs to be in an offensive role to succeed, which may have stunted his progress to the NHL.
Stats: GP 56 – G 26 – A 34 – P 60 (Prince Albert, WHL)
McNeill is a gritty, two-way forward with leadership skills. He’s the type of player every team wants in a long playoff battle.
Stats: GP 52 – G 13 – A 44 – P 57 (Victoriaville, QMJHL)
Danault is an exceptional two-way forward with leadership intangibles. He became captain of his junior team at 17. Danault will be a prototypical third line forward that kills penalties.
Stats: GP 33 – G 24 – A 35 – P 59 (Saginaw, OHL)
Saad is a pure marksman with great hands and a finisher’s instincts. He began the season with Chicago before being returned to junior.
Stats: GP 51 – G 6 – A 20 – P 26 (Saskatoon, WHL)
Siemens is the prototypical bruising, stay-at-home defenceman. He was a surprising omission on Canada’s world junior team, but should develop into a player opponents fear playing against.
Stats: GP 30 – G 4 – A 7 – P 11 (Colorado, NHL)
Elliott is a smart, two-way defenceman who’s rarely caught out of position. He’s a steady prospect that will develop into a reliable second pair performer.
Stats: GP 47 – G 5 – A 25 – P 30 (Lake Erie, AHL)
Barrie makes up for his smaller stature with his ability to rush the puck and create offensively. He’s rapidly improving in pro hockey and is the son of former journeyman forward Len Barrie.
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Hishon is a creative, offensive player who led his team to a league championship in the Ontario Hockey League last season. He suffered a concussion in the MasterCard Memorial Cup last May and has yet to play since.
Stats: GP 49 – G 2 – A 4 – P 6 (Columbus, NHL)
Moore is a graceful skater capable of playing a two-way game, but will likely make a career as an offensive defenceman. He spent the majority of this season in the NHL.
Stats: GP 28 – G 3 – A 11 – P 14 (Springfield, AHL)
Savard is a mobile, two-way defenceman who may now be in the NHL to stay. He progressed far more quickly than anticipated after being a fourth-round pick.
Stats: GP 35 – G 18 – A 22 – P 40 (Oshawa, OHL)
Jenner is known more as an offensive player with his club team, but was a wrecking-ball and physical force for Canada at the world juniors. His pro career will probably resemble his international resume as a power-forward.
Stats: GP 36 – G 8 – A 10 – P 18 (Springfield, AHL)
Kubalik is developing nicely as an offensive forward after coming to North America three years ago. He is adjusting well to pro hockey and may become a regular in the NHL before long.
Stats: GP 39 – GAA 3.38 – Save % .899 – SO 2 (Windsor/Sault Ste. Marie, OHL)
Campbell has the potential to develop into one of the game’s premier goaltenders. His junior career has been a humbling experience, but his positive disposition and his desire to be the best will drive him to succeed.
Stats: GP 48 – G 8 – A 14 – P 22 (Saginaw/Niagara, OHL)
Oleksiak is an imposing defender with exceptional mobility for his size. He will likely develop into a stay-at-home type, but could improve his physical assertiveness.
Stats: GP 33 – G 1 – A 5 – P 6 (Dallas, NHL)
Larsen is developing nicely into a two-way defenceman. He may not need much more seasoning in the minors after spending the majority of this season in the NHL.
Stats: GP 48 – G 11 – A 18 – P 29 (Texas, AHL)
Glennie forged a reputation as a hard-working, offensive player in junior. Since turning pro, his offensive game remains a work in progress.
Stats: GP 46 – G 16 – A 31 – P 47 (Grand Rapids, AHL)
Nyquist is a hard-working, two-way forward with potential to put up points in a scoring role. He will likely be at the top of the list of assets a team asks for if Detroit wants to add pieces.
Stats: GP 44 – 9 – A 20 – P 29 (Grand Rapids, AHL)
Smith is a mobile, two-way defenceman with potential at the offensive end. If it weren’t for Detroit’s depth, he could be a regular in the NHL.
Stats: GP 50 – G 13 – A 23 – P 36 (Grand Rapids, AHL)
Tatar is a gritty, win-at-all costs type of player who leads by his hard work. Although his point production appears to have dipped from last season, he is still a valuable piece to Detroit’s future.
Stats: GP 46 – G 14 – A 19 – P 33 (Jokerit, SM-liiga)
Pulkkinen is an offensive forward with a sniper’s instincts. He was one of Finland’s top players at the recent world junior tournament and should make a splash, once he decides to come to North America.
Stats: GP 30 – G 0 – A O – P 0 (Farjestads, SEL)
Klefbom is a solid, dependable, two-way defenceman. He was named to the world junior tournament’s all-star team after capturing gold with Team Sweden.
Stats: GP 47 – G 9 – A 22 – P 27 (Prince George/Regina, WHL)
Marincin is a big defender who uses his size well and could develop into a two-way threat. He has the potential to jump right into the Oilers’ lineup as early as next season.
Stats: GP 40 – G 5 – A 6 – P 11 (Oklahoma City, AHL)
Hamilton is the prototypical third line grinder and penalty killing specialist. There’s nothing flashy about his game, but he plays a solid and reliable game.
Stats: GP 38 – G 12 – A 11 – P 23 (Oklahoma City, AHL)
Hartikainen is a hard working player with some grit to his game. He may not be far from joining the Oilers on a full time basis.
Stats: GP 27 – G 20 – A 36 – P 56 (Saint John, QMJHL)
Huberdeau is a gifted, playmaking center. He makes those around him better with his elite vision and passing skills. He can also score in bunches. Huberdeau is a franchise player in the making.
Stats: GP 15 – GAA 2.77 – Save % .910 – SO 0 (San Antonio, AHL)
Markstrom is one of the top goaltending prospects and should develop into a starter. He played well in his brief audition with the Panthers, but is still refining his game in the minors.
Stats: GP 40 – G 28 – A 29 – P 57 (Moose Jaw, WHL)
Howden is a speedy, two-way forward with a physical edge to his game. He’s very versatile and can be effective as a point producer or a defensive specialist, which should help him rise through the system quickly.
Stats: GP 31 – G 22 – A 14 – P 36 (Minnesota, NCAA)
Bjugstad is an imposing player with potential as a power-forward. His offensive game is developing nicely in his second season of college hockey.
Stats: GP 38 – G 3 – A 4 – P 7 (Los Angeles, NHL)
Loktionov is an offensive player with a playmaker’s touch. Injuries have somewhat derailed his pro career to this point, but he’s become a regular in the NHL.
Stats: GP 33 – G 4 – A 7 – P 11 (Los Angeles, NHL)
Voynov is an offensive defenceman with good skills as both a shooter and a passer. He excelled immediately upon coming to North America four years ago and isn’t far from staying in the NHL.
Stats: GP 24 – G 1 – A 6 – P 7 (North Dakota, NCAA)
Forbort is a defensive defenceman with imposing size, but could develop more of a physical edge to his game. His point production dipped in his second season in college.
Stats: GP 54 – G 45 – A 43 – P 88 (Ottawa, OHL)
Toffoli is a pure offensive talent with soft hands and a scorer’s instincts. Although he did not make the world junior team, his future with the Kings is bright.
Stats: GP 44 – G 20 – A 30 – P 50 (SM-liiga)
Granlund is an offensive threat every time he touches the puck due to his offensive vision and creativity. He was one of the top players at the recent world junior tournament for Finland.
Stats: GP 43 – G 0 – A 7 – P 7 (Farjestads, SEL)
Brodin is a mobile, two-way defenceman. He was a valuable part of Sweden’s gold-medal victory at the recent world junior tournament.
Stats: GP 13 – G 10 – A 8 – P 18 (Saint John, QMJHL)
Coyle is a sniper with a nose for the net. His offensive game has taken off since leaving college to join the defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs.
Stats: GP 51 – G 28 – A 45 – P 73 (Saint John, QMJHL)
Phillips is an offensive forward with adequate skating, which is improving. He may never become a star at the NHL level, but should develop into a solid, top-six forward.
Stats: GP 44 – G 8 – A 35 – P 43 (Saint John, QMJHL)
Beaulieu is an offensive defenceman with above average skating ability. He’s reliable in his own end, but should make a career with his ability to start and lead the rush.
Stats: GP 25 – G 9 – A 8 – P 17 (Hamilton, AHL)
Leblanc is an offensive forward with a steady and reliable game in all three zones. He split time between the AHL and NHL this season and could become more of a contributor in the immediate future.
Stats: GP 39 – G 1 – A 14 – P 15 (London, OHL)
Tinordi is a pure defensive defenceman with a physical dimension to his game. His game improved by leaps and bounds this season in his second go-around in London.
Stats: GP 31 – G 14 – A 19 – P 33 (North Dakota, NCAA)
Kristo is a speedy forward with a scorer’s touch. His offensive game continues to improve in his third season of college hockey and he could become a complementary weapon in the future.
Stats: GP 22 – G 3 – A 6 – P 9 (Nashville, NHL)
Ellis is an offensive defenceman with a cannon slapshot and a deadly first pass. He’s perhaps the most decorated junior player in recent memory.
Stats: GP 24 – G 3 – A 8 – P 11 (Milwaukee, AHL)
Blum is a mobile, two-way defender with untapped offensive potential. He was the first Californian to be drafted in the first round in NHL history.
Stats: GP 39 – G 2 – A 7 – P 9 (Nashville, NHL)
Josi is an offensive defenceman already showing promise. After an impressive first season in North America last year, he spent the majority of the season with the big club.
Stats: GP 49 – G 23 – A 37 – P 60 (Peterborough/London, OHL)
Watson is a gritty, two-way forward who excels on the penalty kill. His pro career should be better than his junior career as he should develop into a physical, penalty killing specialist.
Stats: GP 12 – G 1 – A 9 – P 10 (Michigan, NCAA)
Merrill is a mobile, two-way defenceman with some concerns over his character. He was suspended by his college team for violating team rules and did not play most of the first half of the season.
Stats: GP 20 – G 0 – A 2 – P 2 (New Jersey, NHL)
Josefson is a playmaking center with strong vision and creativity. He is currently with the Devils after starting the season in the AHL.
Stats: GP 33 – GAA 3.03 – Save % .911 – SO 3 (Plymouth, OHL)
Wedgewood is modest, hard-working goaltending prospect with a bright future. He was one of Canada’s two goaltenders at the recently completed world junior tournament.
Stats: GP 41 – G 2 – A 9 – P 11 (Albany, AHL)
Urbom is a physical, defensive defenceman with good size. He played got two short auditions with the Devils both this year and last. It may not be long until he’s there full-time.
Stats: GP 37 – G 1 – A 0 – P 1 (New York, NHL)
Niederreiter is a gritty, two-way forward who plays a winner-take-all game. He spent the majority of the season with the Islanders, but did get some seasoning in the minors. His adaptation to the pro game is developing slowly.
Stats: GP 34 – G 22 – A 29 – P 51 (Niagara, OHL)
Strome is a gifted offensive player with the ability to score the flashy goal. He may be ready to make the jump to the NHL as early as next season.
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Stats: GP 32 – G 2 – A 7 – P 9 (Bridgeport, AHL)
de Haan is a mobile, offensive defenceman that excels in leading the rush. He’s starting slowly after turning pro this year.
Stats: GP 31 – G 20 – A 15 – P 35 (North Dakota, NCAA)
Nelson is a big body presence with a scorer’s touch. The Islanders may want him to turn pro next season after a strong year of college hockey.
Stats: GP 32 – G 19 – A 17 – P 36 (Boston College, NCAA)
Kreider is a speedy, offensive forward with a score’s instincts. He will need to play in an offensive role in order to be successful.
Stats: GP 46 – G 29 – A 29 – P 58 (Oshawa, OHL)
Thomas is a gifted goal scorer with strong potential as a top-six forward. He’s the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas.
Stats: GP 35 – G 2 – A 24 – P 26 (Connecticut, AHL)
Erixon is a mobile, two-way defenceman that should excel as a point producer in the NHL. He was originally drafted by the Flames, but was traded to the Rangers last summer.
Stats: GP 50 – G 21 – A 35 – P 56 (Plymouth, OHL)
Miller is a pure offensive forward who’s not afraid to play a gritty game and will drop the gloves from time to time. He signed with the Rangers shortly after the draft.
Stats: GP 20 – G 4 – A 5 – P 9 (Djurgardens, SEL)
Zibanejad is a high-octane, offensive performer with a scorer’s touch. He scored the game-winning goal over Russia in overtime of the gold-medal game at the world juniors.
Stats: GP 27 – GAA 3.38 – Save % .905 – SO 0 (Binghamton, AHL)
Lehner is a big-game goalie who uses his size well for positioning. His potential is strong and he should develop into the Senators’ goalie of the future.
Stats: GP 30 – G 17 – A 16 – P 33 (Peterborough, OHL)
Puempel is a small and shifty offensive forward with a goal scorer’s instincts. After a hip injury sidelined him much of last season, he was out for an eight-game suspension in December then injured in his first game back. He hasn’t played since early January.
Stats: GP 52 – G 26 – A 39 – P 65 (Plymouth, OHL)
Noesen is a gritty, two-way forward who excels in playing a pro-style game. The Senators love him and it shouldn’t be long until he cracks their lineup.
Stats: GP 31 – G 8 – A 3 – P 11 (Philadelphia, NHL)
Schenn is a gritty, two-way forward with potential to develop into a goal scorer. He most resembles the player he was traded for last summer, Mike Richards. Schenn is the younger brother of Toronto’s Luke Schenn.
Stats: GP 18 – G 1 – A 2 – P 3 (Philadelphia, NHL)
Gustafsson is a small defenceman with potential to groom offensively. He split this season between the minors and Philadelphia.
Stats: GP 32 – G 9 – A 12 – P 21 (Adirondack, AHL)
Wellwood is a speedy, defensive specialist who will make a career killing penalties. He’s the younger brother of Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Wellwood.
Stats: GP 56 – G 34 – A 42 – P 76 (Kamloops, WHL)
Ranford is a gritty, offensive player who has overcome his below average skating ability in junior. He’s the nephew of former NHL goaltender Bill Ranford.
Stats: GP 35 – G 10 – A 22 – P 32 (Moncton/Shawinigan, QMJHL)
Gormley is a mobile, two-way defenceman that is strong in every aspect of the game. He will play in his second MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament this May.
Stats: GP 35 – GAA 2.08 – Save % .922 – SO 10 (Niagara, OHL)
Visentin is a confident, athletic goaltender who could be the future starter in Phoenix. He posted a shutout for Canada in the bronze-medal game at the world junior tournament.
Stats: GP 23 – G 7 – A 8 – P 15 (Sarnia, OHL)
Murphy is a big defenceman with potential to groom into an offensive contributor. Injuries have derailed his progression through much of his career. He’s the son of former NHLer Gord Murphy.
Stats: GP 28 – G 0 – A 2 – P 2 (Portland, AHL)
Summers is a mobile, defensive defenceman. Although his progression has been slow, he’s getting looks with the big club and could stay on the roster.
Stats: GP 10 – G 4 – A 9 – P 13 (Denver, NCAA)
Bennett is another offensive forward emerging from the state of California. His second college season has been derailed due to a wrist injury.
Stats: GP 26 – G 3 – A 4 – P 7 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, AHL)
Despres is a steady and mobile, two-way defenceman with potential as a puck distributor. He split his first season in pro hockey between the Penguins and their AHL affiliate.
Stats: GP 37 – G 15 – A 16 – P 31 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, AHL)
Tangradi is a gifted goal scorer that can play with a chip on his shoulder. He was originally drafted by Anaheim, but traded to Pittsburgh three years ago as part of the deal that brought Chris Kunitz to Pittsburgh.
Stats: GP 51 – G 16 – A 37 – P 53 (Portland, WHL)
Morrow is a smooth-skating, offensive defenceman with a good first pass and sense when to jump in the rush. He earned a long look from the Penguins at their training camp before being returned to junior.
Stats: GP 21 – GAA 2.66 – Save % .906 – SO 2 (Worcester, AHL)
Sateri is probably the next in a long line of successful goaltenders emerging from the Sharks’ system. His numbers are good since coming to North America last season.
Stats: GP 49 – G 26 – A 38 – P 64 (Niagara, OHL)
Hamilton is a two-way forward who’s strong on the draw. He will most likely develop into a solid and dependable penalty killing forward. His brother, Dougie, is a Bruins draft pick.
Stats: GP 43 – G 0 – A 2 – P 2 (Worcester, AHL)
Doherty is a big, mobile defenceman who likes to play an offensive game. He will most likely develop into a specialist, unless he can improve his all-around game.
Stats: GP 49 – G 1 – A 7 – P 8 (Worcester, AHL)
Petrecki is a bruising, defensive defenceman. He is adapting well to pro hockey now in his third season in the AHL and he may soon crack the Sharks’ lineup.
Stats: GP 41 – G 22 – A 22 – P 44 (Novosibirsk/St. Petersburg, KHL)
Tarasenko is a pure offensive talent with some leadership skills. He led Russia to a gold-medal at the 2011 world junior tournament in Buffalo as their captain.
Stats: GP 24 – G 12 – A 22 – P 34 (Colorado College, NCAA)
Schwartz is a dynamic, two-way forward with strong skating ability and leadership qualities. He has potential to jump right into a Blues uniform next season.
Stats: GP 19 – GAA 3.36 – Save % .903 – SO 0 (Peoria, AHL)
Allen is a butterfly goaltender with potential to develop into a starter. He played well in the minors and won’t be rushed behind two quality goalies on the Blues.
Stats: GP 57 – G 51 – A 51 – P 102 (Portland, WHL)
Rattie is a pure goal scorer with high offensive potential. He was a surprise to slip into the second round and could develop into an offensive forward in St. Louis.
Stats: GP 51 – G 18 – A 44 – P 62 (London, OHL)
Namestnikov is an offensive forward who will most likely grow into a two-way performer in his pro career. Although cut from the Russian world junior team, he is having a strong year in junior.
Stats: GP 53 – G 18 – A 16 – P 34 (Norfolk, AHL)
Ashton is a two-way forward with good size despite not playing a very gritty game. He’s having a good start to his pro career in the minors. He’s the son of former NHLer Brent Ashton.
Stats: GP 42 – G 12 – A 10 – P 22 (Norfolk, AHL)
Panik is a very gifted offensive player with the ability to produce highlight reel goals. His downside is in his consistency and sometimes apathetic play.
Stats: GP 18 – G 1 – A 3 – P 4 (CSKA Moscow, KHL)
Kucherov is a speedy, offensive forward that manages to get multiple breakaways each game. His attention to defence leaves something to be desired.
Stats: GP 31 – G 9 – A 16 – P 25 (Toronto, AHL)
Kadri is an offensively-gifted forward who plays with a chip on his shoulder. He split most of his career between the minors and the Maple Leafs since turning pro two years ago.
Stats: GP 43 – G 16 – A 19 – P 35 (Toronto, AHL)
Colborne is a big, two-way forward who doesn’t often play with much grit. He performed well for the Leafs before being returned to the minors.
Stats: GP 21 – G 0 – A 1 – P 1 (Toronto, AHL)
Aulie is a big defenceman who plays a reliable defensive game. He was originally drafted by Calgary, but was traded as part of the Dion Phaneuf deal.
Stats: GP 25 – G 4 – A 18 – P 22 (Mississauga, OHL)
Percy is an intelligent, two-way defenceman who’s always in good position. He’s been sidelined most of the season with multiple injuries.
Stats: GP 47 – G 24 – A 26 – P 50 (Oshawa, OHL)
Jensen is a gritty, two-way forward with good potential to groom offensively. He will likely develop into a steady and reliable second line forward.
Stats: GP 34 – G 0 – A 14 – P 14 (Chicago, AHL)
Tanev is a mobile, defensive defenceman with potential as a late bloomer. He didn’t look out of place in Vancouver’s playoff drive when he came in to fill injuries.
Stats: GP 52 – G 15 – A 17 – P 32 (Chicago, AHL)
Schroeder is an offensive player with good skating and a pin-point accurate wrist shot. His progression has been slow which may also speak to the alleged character concerns.
Stats: GP 36 – GAA 3.61 – Save % .880 – SO 2 (Victoriaville, QMJHL)
Honzik is a butterfly goaltender with boom or bust potential. He’s having a rocky second year in junior, but earned his draft status after a very impressive playoff performance.
Stats: GP 47 – G 19 – A 22 – P 41 (Chelyabinsk Traktor, KHL)
Kuznetsov is a dynamic, offensive forward who can score electrifying goals. He’s a game-breaker and will make a difference, whenever he joins the NHL.
Stats: GP 35 – GAA 2.51 – Save % .911 – SO 2 (Hershey, AHL)
Holtby is a big goaltender who uses his size well for positioning. He played well in 14 games for the Capitals last season and if it weren’t for their depth, he’d be a regular in their lineup.
Stats: GP 40 – G 2 – A 8 – P 10 (Washington, NHL)
Orlov is a steady, two-way defenceman with offensive potential. He may be with the Capitals to stay after coming to North America last season.
Stats: GP 29 – G 10 – A 9 – P 19 (Hershey, AHL)
Eakin is a solid and dependable two-way forward with a strong work ethic. Although he split time between the minors and the pros, it shouldn’t be long until he’s in Washington to stay.
Stats: GP 37 – G 19 – A 31 – P 50 (Barrie, OHL)
Scheifele is an offensive forward with potential as a playmaker. He may need another season in junior before stepping into the lineup, as he is wearing down in junior.
Stats: GP 44 – G 14 – A 16 – P 30 (St. John’s, AHL)
Klingberg is a gritty, two-way forward that could develop into an offensive player. It shouldn’t take long for him to crack the Jets’ lineup full-time.
Stats: GP 37 – G 10 – A 8 – P 18 (St. John’s, AHL)
Cormier is a gritty, two-way forward with leadership intangibles. He may need another year of seasoning in the minors before he breaks through to becoming a full-time regular in the NHL.
Stats: GP 44 – G 11 – A 26 – P 37 (St. John’s, AHL)
Postma is an offensive defenceman with a hard slapshot. He may not be far from making an impact in the NHL after another solid season in the minors.