2020-21 DobberProspects Organizational Rankings: 25-20

Peter Harling

2020-05-24

What NHL franchise has the best prospects? That can be a difficult and subjective question to answer.

To give it our best shot, the senior staff at DobberProspects has collaborated to give our personal rankings for each team. With that we have established a consensus ranking.

Peter Harling (Content Manager) has put together a team consisting of Cam Robinson (Managing Editor), Jokke Nevalainen (Director of European Scouting), Tony Ferrari (Director of North American Scouting), Brayden Olafson (Jr. Associate Editor), and Pat Quinn (Associate Editor).

The process for the final rankings consisted of each writer submitting their teams prospect rankings. Every NHL team scored no less than a top ten prospects. However, to find organizations that have depth as well as quality, we allowed writers to include additional prospects  (up to a top 15) if they felt they were fantasy relevant. Another bonus we awarded teams was if they had roster players under 21-years-old that had established themselves as NHL players, such as Andrei Svechnikov. Players older than 25-year-old were excluded. For the players ranked, they would be scored between 1-10, a ten being a potential franchise player. The total of all the scores determine the overall team score.

This Series of articles will release the results in a count down of five to six teams per article, revealing the teams overall score, each writers score, top prospects, and an overview or outlook of the future.

Incase you missed previous rankings you can find them on our Organizational Rankings Page

In the second edition the count down covers teams ranked 25-20

25. St. Louis Blues – 51

Brayden – 44.8

Peter – 58

Tony – 52.4

Cam – 38.5

Jokke – 52

Pat – 60

Prospect Depth Chart

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Hugh McGing Jordan Kyrou Klim Kostin
Erik Foley Nikita Alexandrov Alexei Toropchenko
  Keean Washkurak Nolan Stevens
  Hugh McGing Mathias Laferriere
    Jeremy Michel
Defensemen Goaltender Defensemen
Scott Perunovich Joel Hofer Mitch Reinke
Tyler Tucker Ville Husso Jake Dotchin
Jake Walman Evan Fitzpatrick  
Niko Mikkola Colten Ellis

Top Ten Prospects

  1. Jordan Kyrou, C/RW – Played final 28 games in the NHL. He has arrived.
  2. Scott Perunovich, D – Two time NCAA Champion and WJC Bronze, could add a Calder.
  3. Klim Kostin, RW – Best AHL season to date earned his NHL debut. He is close.
  4. Nikita Alexandrov, C – Monster performance at WJC for Russia.
  5. Joel Hofer, G – Won starting job for Canada at WJC, Gold Medal, and Best Goaltender.
  6. Tyler Tucker, D – Big two-way defender will turn pro.
  7. Ville Husso, G – Rebound season after injury filled 2018-19 season.
  8. Keean Washkurak, C – Eclipsed the PPG pace in D+1 season. Poised for a monster year.
  9. Hugh McGing, C – College grad will make his pro debut in AHL.
  10. Alexei Toropchenko, RW – Struggled to find offense as a rookie in AHL.

Other players who received votes

Jake Walman, Mitch Reinke, Nolan Stevens, Niko Mikkola, Evan Fitzpatrick, Erik Foley, Colten Ellis

Roster players 21 and under:

Robert Thomas, C

Overview

Other than Colten Parayko, the Blues have had little success drafting NHL players outside of the second round in the past decade. They hope to buck that trend with their 2018 draft where they selected Hofer, McGing, Laferriere, and Tucker between rounds four and seven. The prospect pool is pretty shallow, but there is some very good players at the top. Kyrou already has 44 career games and is starting to look like a NHL regular. NCAA Hobey Baker winner Scott Perunovich will make his NHL debut after dominating college hockey with University of Minnesota-Duluth. The Blues second first round pick from 2017 Klim Kostin has been developing well in the AHL and is primed for a roster spot with the Blues as well. St. Louis has plenty of depth in goal with World Junior star Joel Hofer, and the more seasoned Ville Husso and Evan Fitzpatrick. The 2019 Stanley Cup Champions could find themselves further down the rankings next year if Perunovich and Kyrou graduate to full time NHL players as expected.

24 Calgary Flames – 51.75

Brayden – 57.7

Peter – 49

Tony – 51.3

Cam – 46.5

Jokke – 44

Pat – 62

Prospect Depth Chart

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Jakob Pelletier Mathias Emilio Pettersen Matthew Phillips
Dmitry Zavgorodny Glenn Gawdin Eetu Tuulola
Lucas Feud Adam Ruzicka
Demetrios Koumontzis Martin Pospisil
Ilya Nikolaev
Milos Roman
Luke Philp
Defensemen Goaltender Defensemen
Juuso Valimaki Dustin Wolf Johannes Kinnvall
Connor Mackey Tyler Parsons
Carl-Johan Lerby Jon Gillies
Artyom Zagidulin

Top Ten Prospects

  1. Juuso Valimaki, D – Entire season lost to ACL injury.
  2. Jakob Pelletier, LW – has exceeded 1.0 PPG in every season in the QMJHL.
  3. Matthew Phillips, C/RW – Junior scoring sensation has found production at AHL level.
  4. Mathias Emilio Pettersen, C – 6th round pick playing in NCAA signed and is ready for AHL.
  5. Dmitri Zavgorodny, LW – Monster year with Alexis Lafreniere, missed WJC due to injury.
  6. Dustin Wolf, G – Posting crazy numbers in the dub, could be future starter.
  7. Glenn Gawdin, C – Improved on impressive rookie season in AHL, earned a shot in NHL.
  8. Adam Ruzicka, C/W – Good rookie season, but needs more development.
  9. Eetu Tuulola, RW – Has size and skill to be an effective bottom six power forward
  10. Martin Pospisil, C – Agitator and pest lost games to one-punch KO and concussion.

Other players to receive votes:

Ilya Nikolaev, Milos Roman, Tyler Parsons, Jon Gillies, Lucas Feuk, Luke Philp, Demetrios Koumontzis.

Roster players 21 and under:

Dillon Dube, C

Overview

Calgary has depth at center and in goal but the clear top two prospects are defenseman Juuso Valimaki and winger Jakob Pelletier. Matthew Phillips and Glenn Gawdin are scoring their way onto the roster in the AHL and both will be competing for a role with the Flames in training camp. Fast rising prospect Dmitri Zavgorodiny gained a lot of buzz playing with Alexis Lafreniere, he also had a monster audition for the Russian WJC roster at the Canada Russia super series and was a lock for the team before an injury. He will make the jump to the AHL as will Mathias Emilio Pettersen. The flames are thin at defense but have been using free agency to address that need. Last year they added Lerby and this year have signed Johannes Kinnvall who just notched 40 points in 51 games with HV71 in the SHL. The biggest addition may come from Connor Mackey, signed out of Minnesota State University after a 24 point junior season. There is a log jam of prospects in goal, Jon Gillies is rebounding from injury trouble as the senior of the bunch. Tyler Parsons has struggled at the pro level after an impressive OHL career with the London Knights. Dustin Wolf is the best goalie to come through the Everett Silvertips since Carter Hart. Wolf was named the WHL Goalie of the Year and could be a future NHL starter.

23 Toronto Maple Leafs – 53.8

Brayden – 50.7

Peter – 45

Tony – 57.3

Cam – 51.5

Jokke – 52

Pat – 66

Prospect Depth Chart

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Nick Robertson Nicholas Abruzzese Jeremy Bracco
Mikhail Abramov Alexander Barabanov
Semyon Der-Arguchintsov Egor Korshkov
Riley Stotts Max Veronneau
Adam Brooks Justin Brazeau
Defensemen Goaltender Defensemen
Mikko Lehtonen Joseph Woll Timothy Liljegren
Mikko Kokkonen Ian Scott Joseph Duszak
Filip Kral Mac Hollowell
Kalle Loponen
Jesper Lindgren

Top Ten Prospects

  1. Nick Robertson, LW – OHL leading goal scorer notched 55 goals in 46 games for Petes.
  2. Timothy Liljegren, D – 21-year-old had breakout season in third year of AHL.
  3. Nicholas Abruzzese, C – Harvard freshman posted 44 points in 31 games.
  4. Mikhail Abramov, C – Undersized, skilled Russian had breakout D+1 season in QMJHL.
  5. Jeremy Bracco, RW – Production dipped in third AHL season, four goals in 44 GP.
  6. Joseph Woll, G – Won starting job in AHL as a rookie. 
  7. Semyon Der-Arguchintsov, C – Undersized and will need to bulk up to play pro.
  8. Ian Scott, G – Lost year due to injury, but has tremendous upside.
  9. Mikko Kokkonen, D – Developing well in Liiga, has a high floor but low ceiling.
  10. Riley Stotts – Unsigned prospect has aged out of WHL and future is unclear.

Other players to receive votes:

Egor Korshkov, Adam Brooks, Joseph Duszak, Mac Hollowell, Filip Kral, Max Veronneau, Kalle Loponen

Roster players 21 and under:

Rasmus Sandin, D

Overview

Toronto has had good success in signing free agents from Europe recently in Andreas Borgman, Calle Rosen and Ilya Mikheyev last summer. They hope to continue that trend with additions of Alexander Barabanov and possibly this years top free agent, Mikko Lehtonen. Lehtonen was signed after the writers submitted their rankings, but he would likely be ranked second or third overall. Shortly after signing with Toronto he was named the KHL Defenseman of the Year. While Barabanov will compete for a roster spot, Lehtonen is all but guaranteed a top four role right out of the gate. The Finnish left-shot defensemen lead the KHL in defense for goals, assists and points. His resume includes Gold Medals with Sweden from the WJC and WC and is a SHL league Champion as well. Nick Robertson is looking like first round value with a 2019 second round pick. Timothy Liljegren and Jeremy Bracco are pushing for NHL jobs in Toronto or elsewhere. The Marlies won a Calder Championship and since have graduated several key prospects. The pipeline has dried up somewhat and the Marlies currently have several veterans occupying roster spots.

22. Nashville Predators – 54

Brayden – 56.3

Peter – 53

Tony  – 59.8

Cam – 43

Jokke – 53

Pat – 59

Prospect Depth Chart

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Eeli Tolvanen Philip Tomasino Egor Afanasyev
Rem Pitlick Patrick Harper
Grant Mishmash Yakov Trenin
Tanner Jeannot Anthony Richard
Lukas Craggs Jachym Kondelik
Juuso Parssinen
Defensemen Goaltenders Defensemen
David Farrance Connor Ingram Frederic Allard
Jeremy Davies Alex Carrier
Semyon Chystyakov