Fantasy Hockey’s NHL Prospect Organizational Rankings – Part 2





Fantasy Hockey’s NHL Prospect Organizational Rankings – Part 2



The final piece of the massive project that has taken DobberProspects a couple of months to compile and complete is now here. For details on how it was put together, see Part 1.


We considered the following criteria:


1. The amount of fantasy-worthy players. Team X with 12 guys with the potential to be on a fantasy hockey team in the future would score better here than Team Y with 10.

2. The quality of those players. If Team X’s 12 guys are all of decent quality, but Team Y has nine guys of similar quality but one guy who is an absolute blue-chip stud, then Team Y’s score will reflect that.

3. Upside at the NHL level. We in fantasy hockey prefer that potential 90-point long shot than the guaranteed grinder.

4.  The wait time. If the aforementioned Team X has 12 guys, but none of them are expected in the NHL for three years, then the score will suffer. In fantasy hockey, we’re not a patient lot.


And the above criteria explains the difference in fantasy hockey versus ‘real’ hockey. In ‘real’ hockey, organizations don’t mind waiting. In ‘real’ hockey, organizations love a good grinder or defensive specialist as much as they would a second-line scorer. And in real hockey, they would sooner have the ‘sure thing’ third-liner than the ‘long shot’ star.


The panel, besides myself, included Managing Editor Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood), Associate Editor Rich Dillon (@RichDillon17), and Senior Writers Jason Banks, Eric Daoust (@DH_EricDaoust), Nathan Kanter (@NathanKanter11), Andrew Ward (@aWardAvs) and Kevin Won (@flamestalker).

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15. Boston Bruins


Torey Krug is already making an impact at the NHL level, while Niklas Svedberg was the AHL goaltender of the year. Carl Soderberg looks good in what little action we’ve seen so far, and how about that Reilly Smith? Instead of a potential third-liner, could he be a potential scoring line guy? Looks like it so far. The Bruins are a deep team and can afford to bring their prospects along slowly, so that’s the downside from a fantasy standpoint. Michael Boeckler covers the B’s for DobberProspects.



14. Chicago Blackhawks


The rich keep getting richer, as there are some very high-end fantasy prospects belonging to the Stanley Cup Champs. Teuvo Teravainen looks to be a potential superstar when he fills out, while Brandon Pirri is the reigning AHL scoring champion and is already making his mark at the NHL level. Adam Clendening could be the next puck-moving defenseman to watch while goaltender Antti Raanta is on track to be a potential Antti Niemi. The Blackhawks are covered on DobberProspects by Rex Doty (@nwo519).



13. Colorado Avalanche