Top 300 Prospects: Part 1 - The Forwards
Top 300 Prospects: Part 1 - The Forwards

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

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.

Prospect Criteria: Players under 24 years of age who have appeared in less than 40 NHL games are considered prospects. A player's current ranking combines two grades; the first is his current state of NHL preparedness (60%) and the second measures his long-term potential (40%).

RANKPLAYER/DRAFT YEARPOSNHL TEAM2012-13 CLUB
1Jonathan Huberdeau '11CFloridaFlorida (NHL)
2Evgeny Kuznetsov '10 CWashingtonChelyabinsk (KHL)
3Vladimir Tarasenko '10RWSt. LouisSt. Louis (NHL)
4Alex Galchenyuk '12CMontrealMontreal (NHL)
5Nail Yakupov '12RWEdmontonEdmonton (NHL)
6Mikael Granlund '10CMinnesotaMinnesota (NHL)
7Chris Kreider '09LWNY RangersConnecticut (AHL)
8Ryan Strome '11CNY IslandersNiagara (OHL)
9Charlie Coyle '10RWMinnesotaMinnesota (NHL)
10Jakob Silfverberg '09RWOttawaOttawa (NHL)
11Mika Zibanejad '11COttawaOttawa (NHL)
12Mark Scheifele '11CWinnipegBarrie (OHL)
13Gustav Nyquist '08CDetroitGrand Rapids (AHL)
14Filip Forsberg '12LWWashingtonLeksands (SEL-2)
15Mikhail Grigorenko '12CBuffaloBuffalo (NHL)
16Tyler Toffoli '10RWLos AngelesManchester (AHL)
17Sven Baertschi '11LWCalgaryCalgary (NHL)
18Jaden Schwartz '10CSt. LouisSt. Louis (NHL)
19Boone Jenner '11
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