PNHLe Organizational Rankings: 25-21

Mason Black


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: (L-R) Kaapo Kakko, second overall pick by the New York Rangers, Jack Hughes, first overall pick by the New Jersey Devils, and Kirby Dach, third overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks, hold up their fingers of their pick order in front of the stage during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)



This is the second part of a series where I am ranking NHL organizations based on a new PNHLe model that I have spent the past month updating.


If you are unfamiliar with PNHLe, or would like a more in-depth explanation on why these rankings are different compared to traditional real-world prospect grades or those explicitly for fantasy purposes, I highly recommend you read through the introduction – heck, why not the whole thing – for the first part of the series which you can find here:


PNHLe Organizational Rankings: 31 – 26


Over the past month, I have been re-evaluating, recalculating and re-examining my PNHLe model, which is used to predict a prospect’s NHL point potential in the prime of their career.


With the conclusion of every hockey season comes with it a massive allocation of new data that can be used to make the model more accurate. Many NHL players hit new career highs, while others show consistency in their point production.


Looking back to the leagues they toiled in prior to making the leap to the NHL can give great insight into what a typical point production looks like for many current prospects playing in different developmental leagues.


Simply put, PNHLe tries to gauge a prospects point potential in the NHL. How many points would an 18-year old prospect in the OHL, who posted a point per game, obtain if they make it to the show? PNHLe allows us the ability to compare prospects from different leagues, at different ages and different positions to give a snapshot of just how good they are doing. As a fantasy manager, you can use that knowledge to take advantage and snipe a player well before anyone else in your league.


Without further ado, let us take a look at the rankings.  




25th – Buffalo Sabres – PNHLe: 52.8(Avg.)



The Sabres have sat on the outside looking in for a significant amount of time, and most teams probably do not want to be near the bottom of these rankings. Fortunately for them, they have graduated some excellent prospects that are on the verge of becoming big-time contributors in the NHL. I am looking at you, Rasmus Dahlin and Casey Mittelstadt. Sabres fans will probably look at this off-season as a positively productive one as new faces should be able to interject some much needed scoring into the line-up.


On top of that, they we