2018-19 Organizational Prospects Rankings

Peter Harling


The DobberProspects Organizational Rankings have returned.

This year the contributing writers include Senior Associate Editor Hayden Soboleski, Associate Editor Jokke Nevalainen, and senior writers Joel Henderson, Brayden Olafson, and myself.

Writing this article was a very time consuming endeavour as it is a massive project which required each writer to go over all 31 NHL teams and grade them. The grading system used was we each started with a top 10. Each player in the top 10 was given a grade and a point value.

A+ = 10

A = 9

A- = 8

and so on until

D= 1

This was the base points for each team. In addition, we included roster players 21-years-old and under on the NHL roster as bonus players. For example, Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid provided 10 bonus points. The other criteria was we included other notable prospects beyond the top 10. So teams like Pittsburgh and Washington that have poor depth did not receive an bonus points for depth, but teams such as Philadelphia and Arizona etc. did.

The rankings were created prior to the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and therefore do not include players drafted in Dallas. So to re-iterate – the data was gathered throughout June, though we did update player moves where we could.

The rankings are a consensus of each writer’s subjective and personal rankings to provide a more accurate and less biased overall rankings.

1.Philadelphia Flyers, A+

Rank (1)

The Flyers were the consensus number one ranked team. GM Ron Hextall has done a tremendous job of acquiring a bevy of good to elite prospects at every position. The top 10 scored high across the board, they received a healthy boost from their U-21 roster talent as well as bonus points for their depth beyond the top 10. – Peter Harling

One of the deepest and most dangerous pipelines in hockey, the Flyers are primed for success on the front and back end. The plethora of high-end prospects in their system, not to mention the ones ALREADY contributing in the NHL, could potentially lead to the Flyers trading one or more of them away in exchange for high-end help now. Brayden Olafson

They continue to lead the way with depth and options. Lots of talent who will have solid NHL careers. This team will be the next one to surprise and grab a division title soon. – Joel Henderson

One of the deepest and most dangerous pipelines in hockey, the Flyers are primed for success on the front and back end. The plethora of high-end prospects in their system, not to mention the ones already contributing in the NHL, could potentially lead to the Flyers trading one or more away in exchange for high-end help now. – Jokke Nevalainen

Top 10 Prospects

  1. Carter Hart
  2. Morgan Frost
  3. German Rubtsov
  4. Philippe Myers
  5. Isaac Ratcliffe
  6. Sam Morin
  7. Oskar Lindblom
  8. Wade Allison
  9. Tanner Laczynski
  10. Felix Sandstrom

U-21 Roster Players: Nolan Patrick, Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, Travis Sanheim

Other notable prospects: Matt Strome, Carsen Twarynski, Maxim Shusko, David Kase, Nicolas Aube-Kubel

2018 Draft picks by round: 1: Joel Farabee (14th), Jay O’Brien (19). Round 2: Adam Ginning (50). Round 3: None. Round 4: Jack St. Ivany (112). Round 5: Wyatte Wylie (127), Samuel Ersson (143). Round 6: Gavin Hain (174)> Round: Marcus Westfalt (225).


2. Arizona Coyotes, A

Rank (3.8)

The Coyotes ranked second overall by three writers and as low as 10th by one. Top prospect Dylan Strome centered a line with Nick Merkley and Lawson Crouse in the AHL and the trio were dominant. The Coyotes top 10 list is good, but not great; the overall ranking was boosted by the U21 roster players led by Calder Candidate Clayton Keller. – Peter Harling

Those who were able to stick around for the final third Arizona 2017-18 campaign were able to catch a glimpse of the realization occurring in the desert. After consistently owning the top tier of lists similar to this, the Coyotes are close to turning a profit on their investment over the last four or so draft classes – Jokke Nevalainen

Those who were able to stick around for the final third Arizona’s 2017-18 campaign were able to catch a glimpse of the realization that occurring in the desert. After consistently owning the top tier of list similar to this, the Coyotes are close to turning a profit on their investments over the last four or so draft classes.  Brayden Olafson

Add another top end talent to this roster at this year’s draft. The second half of 2017-18 showed that the talent isn’t too far away. Everyone is still 23 and under. – Joel Henderson

Top 10 Prospects

  1. Dylan Strome
  2. Nick Merkley
  3. Pierre-Olivier Joseph
  4. Kyle Capobianco
  5. Tyler Steenbergen
  6. Brayden Burke
  7. Adin Hill
  8. Ryan MacInnis
  9. Filip Westerlund
  10. 10 Merrick Madsen

U21 Roster Players: Clayton Keller, Jakob Chychrun, Brendan Perlini, Christian Fischer

Other Notable Prospects: Lawson Crouse, Cam Dineen, Cameron Crotty , Nate Schnarr, Mario Kempe, Conor Garland, Mackenzie Entwistlem, Hudson Fasching

2018 Draft picks by round: 1 Barrett Hayton (5). Round 2. Kevin Bahl (55). Round 3 Jan Jenik (65), Ty Emberson (73). Round 4 Ivan Prosvetov (114). Round 5 Michael Callahan (142), Dennis Busby (145). Round 6 David Tendeck (158). Round 7 Liam Kirk (189)

3. Carolina Hurricanes, A

Rank (4.2)

Ranked as high as second by one writer and as low as 17 by another, there is a difference of opinion by some. The fact is, their top 10 is good but lacks an elite franchise player as does their roster players under 21. The overall depth is excellent as Carolina was very successful under Ron Francis in acquiring prospects and picks. Carolina has a top pick in the coming draft and unless they trade it away should be able to add that super star player the likes of Andrei Svechnikov that they are lacking. Peter Harling

It’s tough to say who will jump out of this group of maybes. Carolina set themselves up well with establishing a young core of defenders but they certainly could use another superstar or two up front. – Joel Henderson

Top 10 Prospects

  1. Martin Necas
  2. Warren Foegele
  3. Jake Bean
  4. Julien Gauthier
  5. Janne Kuokkanen
  6. Aleksi Saarela
  7. Nicolas Roy
  8. Lucas Wallmark
  9. Roland McKeown
  10. Valentin Zykov

U21 Roster Players: Noah Hanifin, Sebastian Aho, Hayden Fleury

Other notable prospects: Stelio Mattheos, Eetu Luostarinen, Jeremy Helvig, Andrew Poturalski, Callum Booth, Alex Nedeljkovic, Morgan Geekie

2018 Draft picks by round: 1 Andrei Svechnikov (2). Round 2 Jack Drury (42). Round 3 None. Round 4 Luke Henman (96), Lenni Killinen (104). Round 5 None. Round 6 Jesper Sellgren (166). Round 7 Jacob Kucharski (197) – Total, 8


4. Vancouver Canucks, A-

Rank (4.6)

The Canucks ranked high despite not having a contribution from Cam Robinson. I ranked them the highest at second overall while the lowest rank was 11th. The Canucks have corner stone prospects at each position with Pettersson, Boeser, Juolevi and Demko leading the way. With another top 10 pick coming up, look for the Canucks to add potentially a center or a defenseman. If the Canucks can lure back big Nikita Tryamkin it would be a huge boost as well. With the Sedin twins stepping aside, it opens up two top-six roster positions and a hefty chunk of cap space. Look for the Canucks to add an impact player in the off season. Peter Harling

There is hope. A roster can have a very different look to it adding even three top players. Vancouver still has lots of work to do, but replacements for the Sedin brothers aren’t far away. Fans know this though… they’ve been waiting for a few years. This could be a big draft year for Vancouver too. Joel Henderson

Top 10 Prospects

  1. Elias Pettersson
  2. Thatcher Demko
  3. Olli Juolevi
  4. Jonathan Dahlen
  5. Adam Gaudette
  6. Kole Lind
  7. Michael DiPietro
  8. Jonah Gadjovich
  9. Guillaume Brisebois
  10. Petrus Palmu

U21 Roster Players: Brock Boeser, Jake Virtanen

Other notable prospects: Zack MacEwan, Nikolai Goldobin, Cole Cassels, Nikita Tryamkin, Jalen Chatfield, Tyler Motte.

2018 Draft picks by round: 1 Quinn Hughes (7). Round 2 Jett Woo (37). Round 3 Tyler Madden (68) Round 4 None. Round 5 Toni Ultunen (130). Round 6 Artyom Manukyan (186). Round 7 Matthew Thiessen. – Total, 6


5. Toronto Maple Leafs, B+

Rank (5.6)

Toronto ranks high on the strength of the elite NHL talent on the roster in Matthews, Marner, and Nylander. The top 10 list may lack potential star power, it has good depth and their AHL affiliate the Marlies are hot off their first Calder Cup Championship in which Andreas Johnsson put on a dominant performance as playoff MVP. Peter Harling

This city got a taste of the level of talent which is coming. Toronto has options moving forward and fans are finding out why the Marlies have been exciting prospect watchers. Joel Henderson

Top 10 Prospects

  1. Timothy Liljegren
  2. Andreas Johnsson
  3. Carl Grundstrom
  4. Garret Sparks
  5. Joseph Woll
  6. Jeremy Bracco
  7. Adam Brooks
  8. Dmytro Timashov
  9. Miro Aaltonen
  10. Mason Marchment

U21 Roster players: Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, Travis Dermott, Kasperi Kapanen

Other notable prospects: Eemeli Rasanen, Yegor Korshkov, Andreas Borgman, Cale Rosen

2018 Draft picks by round. 1 Rasmus Sandin (29). 2 Sean Durzi (52). 3 Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (76), Riley Stotts (83). 4 Mac Hollowell (118). 5 Filip Kral (149). 6 Pontus Holmberg (156). 7 Zachary Bouthillier (209) Semyon Kizimov (211) – Total 9


6. Calgary Flames, B+

Rank (6.9)

The Flames were scored highly across the board with an outlying low score of 12. The top 10 lacks any real outstanding upside or high end prospect at this time, but the depth is impressive. The Flames have good strength in goal with Parsons and Gillies and great depth on defense despite the recent loss of Adam Fox, who they were not going to be able to sign. Tkachuk and Bennett (not to mention Mark Jankowski who is just 23) give them two high scoring roster players as well as extended top 10 prospect depth. Despite not having much in high end draft picks, the Flames are a deep prospect team. Peter Harling

Flames brass will be heavily criticized for some of the decisions they’ve made in the last calendar year including the one that ended up costing them a potential lottery pick in this year’s entry draft. On the bright side though, the teams’ pipeline remains jammed full of high end prospects that are ripening faster than the Flames will be able to get them into the lineup. Brayden Olafson

They have three or four really good defencemen who will have solid NHL careers just waiting for an opportunity and some goalies with real potential. Calgary swung for the fences with some boom or bust offensive talent which will make Stockton very fun to watch next year. Joel Henderson


Top 10 Prospects

  1. Juuso Valimaki
  2. Tyler Parsons
  3. Jon Gillies
  4. Rasmus Andersson
  5. Oliver Kylington
  6. Dillon Dube
  7. Andrew Mangiapane
  8. Matthew Phillips
  9. Glen Gawdin
  10. Spencer Foo

U21 Roster players: Matthew Tkachuk, Sam Bennett

Other notable prospects: Adam Ruzicka, D’Artagnan Joly, Eetu Tuulola, Morgan Klimchuk

2018 Draft picks by round: 1 None. 2 None. 3 None. 4 Martin Pospisil (105), Demetrios Koumontzis (108), Milos Roman (122). 5 None. 6 Mathias Emilio Pettersen (167). 7 Dmitri Zavgorodny (198). Total – 5


7. Tampa Bay Lightning, B

Rank (8.4)

GM Steve Yzerman and his scouting staff have done an outstanding job as the draft finding great value picks that consistently develop into NHL players. The Lightning top 10 don’t have a prospect graded above a B+, but the depth is good beyond the top 10 and having Sergachev on the roster is a big bonus to their overall score as well. A testament to their depth is that the Lightning traded away prospects Libor Hajek and Mitchell Stephens and still have excess prospects. Another fact not to be forgotten is that Yani Gourde was a Calder contender but does not score on our rankings as he is already 25-years-old. Peter Harling

A wave of skilled prospects in the Lightning system is growing in Syracuse where a successful year for multiple AHL rookies gave Steve Yzerman the confidence to trade away two of his top-prospects to the Rangers in the deal for Ryan McDonagh, and JT Miller. For now the wave is serving as a purge for some of the loose ends in the Lightning system, but it won’t be long before several of them are making offensive contributions with the Lightning. Brayden Olafson

They are the kings of drafting depth. Need some third and fourth liners to out perform other team’s third and fourths? Tampa has about 10 on the way. Joel Henderson

Top 10 Prospects

  1. Anthony Cirelli
  2. Cal Foote
  3. Taylor Raddysh
  4. Boris Katchouk
  5. Mathieu Joseph
  6. Matt Peca (now with Montreal)
  7. Connor Ingram
  8. Mitchell Stephens
  9. Alex Volkov
  10. Dominik Masin

U21 Roster Players: Mikhail Sergachev

Other notable players: Otto Sompi, Alex Lipanov, Erik Cernak