2020-21 DobberProspects Organizational Rankings: 19-14

Peter Harling

2020-05-31

2020-21 DobberProspects Organizational Rankings

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 team’s 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 determines the overall team score.

This Series of articles will release the results in a count down of 5-6 teams per article, revealing the team’s overall score, each writer’s score, top prospects, and an overview or outlook of the future.

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

In the third edition, the count down covers teams ranked 19-14

19 56.9 Columbus Blue Jackets 60.9 52 55.6 56 49 68

18 57.5 Edmonton Oilers 53.6 63 53.4 52 58 65

17 59.8 NY Islanders 47.7 58 51.3 63 68 71

16 62.2 Arizona Coyotes 69.5 53 68 58.5 58 66

15 64.7 Minnesota Wild 71.2 45 71.7 58.5 69 73

14 65.7 Philadephia Flyers 54.1 74 62.7 60.5 66 77

19. Columbus Blue Jackets – 56.9

Brayden – 60.9

Peter – 52

Tony – 55.6

Cam – 56

Jokke – 49

Pat – 68

Prospect Depth Chart

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Jakob Lilja Liam Foudy Kirill Marchenko
  Dmitry Voronkov Trey Fix-Wolanski
  Tyler Angle Marcus Karlberg
  Kevin Stenlund Maxime Fortier
  Calvin Thurkauf Kole Sherwood
Ryan MacInnis
Defensemen Goaltender Defensemen
Gabriel Carlsson Danil Tarasov Eric Hjorth
Tim Berni Veini Vehvilainen Andrew Peeke
     
   

Top Ten Prospects

  1. Kirill Marchenko, RW – Dominated VHL, impressed at WJC and in KHL
  2. Liam Foudy, C – Made early NHL debut as emergency injury recall.
  3. Danil Tarasov, G – Longer wait, but has a higher ceiling than other goalies in the system
  4. Veini Vehvilainen, G – Dominated Liiga and had impressive AHL debut. 
  5. Trey Fix-Wolanski, RW – Enduring a learning curve at pro level.
  6. Dmitry Voronkov, C – Big center produced a PPG at WJC for Russia
  7. Eric Hjorth, D – Big defender found some offense in the OHL with Sarnia
  8. Andrew Peeke, D – Injuries forced him into NHL sooner than expected, he looked good.
  9. Tyler Angle, C – 67 points in 62 games in last year of OHL, needs a contract.
  10. Marcus Karlberg, RW – Dominated SuperElit, but struggled in SHL

Other Players who Received Votes

Gabriel Carlsson, Calvin Thurkauf, Tim Berni, Kole Sherwood

Roster Players 21 and Under

Emil Bemstrom, LW – Alex Texier, RW

Overview

Having Bemstrom and Texier as bonus graduated players helped push the Blue Jackets up the rankings slightly. The top prospect was a split between Foudy and Marchenko, with the Russian slightly edging out the speedy Foudy. Columbus was forced to push some prospects through faster than they may have wanted with some off-season turnover last summer and a rash of injuries that forced some of their kids in as emergency call ups. Missing on some first-round picks (Kirby Rychel, Sonny Milano, and Gabriel Carlsson) in combination with not having first-round picks in 2017 and 2019 has left the pipeline a little dry.

18. Edmonton Oilers – 57.5 

Brayden – 53.6

Peter – 63

Tony – 53.4

Cam – 52

Jokke – 58

Pat – 65

Prospect Depth Chart

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Tyler Benson Ryan McLeod Jesse Puljujarvi
Ostap Safin Aapeli Rasanen Raphael Lavoie
Ryan Kuffner Maxim Denezhkin Kirill Maksimov
Cooper Marody
Defenseman Goaltender Defenseman
Philip Broberg Stuart Skinner Evan Bouchard
Dmitri Samorukov Ilya Konovalov Ethan Bear
Caleb Jones Olivier Rodrigue
Dylan Wells
Shane Starrett

Top Ten Prospects

  1. Evan Bouchard, D – Good year of development in AHL, has big upside as future PP QB.
  2. Philip Broberg, D – Needs more ice time in SHL, only managed eight points in 45 games.
  3. Jesse Puljujarvi, RW – Not a bust yet, but no future in Edmonton. Needs a trade.
  4. Raphael Lavoie, RW – Big winger had big season in the Q, didn’t produce at WJC.
  5. Tyler Benson, LW – Made NHL debut and is ready to graduate full-time next year.
  6. Ryan McLeod, C – Had growing pains as AHL rookie notching only five goals.
  7. Dmitri Samorukov, D – Sure-fire NHL defender but limited offensive upside.
  8. Stuart Skinner, G – Log jam in goal and Skinner is at the bottleneck
  9. Ilya Konovalov, G – Impressive 40 games played in the KHL on good Lokomotiv team
  10. Olivier Rodrigue, G – Third goalie for Canada at WJC did not see any games

Other Players to Receive Votes:

Caleb Jones, Kirill Maximov, Aapeli Rasanen, Ostap Safin, Dylan Wells, Maxim Denezhkin, Filip Berglund, Cooper Marody, Skyler Brind’Amour, Shane Starrett.

Roster Players 21 and Under.

Kailer Yamamoto, RW

Overview

Bouchard was ranked number one by five of six and the big defenseman has a tremendous offensive upside. The prospect of quarterbacking the Oilers power play in the near future with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl has fantasy owners drooling. The jury is still out on 2016 fourth overall pick Jesse Puljujarvi. Is he a bust, or does he just need to get out of the Oilers system? He produced in Liiga and needs a trade so he can take another shot at an NHL job. Tyler Benson has been developing slowly and surely in the AHL and looks ready to graduate as a solid third line contributor. The Oilers have a serious log jam in goal. The organization has been attempting to address a positional need and has stockpiled half a dozen goalie prospects in hopes that one sticks.

17. New York Islanders – 59.8 

Brayden – 47.7

Peter – 58

Tony – 51.3

Cam – 63

Jokke – 69

Pat – 71

Prospect Depth Chart

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Kieffer Bellows Otto Koivula Olliver Wahlstrom
Anatoli Golyshev Ruslan Iskhakov Josh Ho-Sang
Ross Johnston Jacob Pivonka Simon Holmstrom
Colin Adams Felix Bibeau Cole Coskey
Blade Jenkins Reece Newkirk
Johan Sundstrom
Defensemen Goaltender Defensemen
Samuel Bolduc Ilya Sorokin Bode Wilde
Sebastian Aho Jakub Skarek
Robin Salo Linus Soderstrom
Mitch Vande Sompel
Parker Wotherspoon

Top Ten Prospects

  1. Ilya Sorokin, G – Hype train has him as the franchise savior and he very well could be!
  2. Oliver Wahlstrom, RW – Struggled in NCAA, stats declined in AHL but finished strong.
  3. Kieffer Bellows, LW – Inconsistent scorer, improved as sophomore and made NHL debut.
  4. Simon Holmstrom, RW – 19-year-old endured growing pains as AHL rookie.
  5. Bode Wilde, D – Was not ready for AHL and was assigned to Saginaw for last 11 games.
  6. Otto Koivula, C – Second season in North America included NHL debut.
  7. Ruslan Iskhakov, C – Back-to-back 21 point seasons at U. Of Connecticut.
  8. Samuel Bolduc, D – Offensive production nearly doubled after mid-season trade.
  9. Josh Ho-Sang, RW – Loan to San Antonio indicates his days in organization are over.
  10. Jakub Skarek, G – Split time in AHL and ECHL in rookie season in North America

Other players to Receive Votes:

Robin Salo, Sebastian Aho, Linus Soderstrom, Jacob Pivonka, Mitch Vande Sompel, Parker Wotherspoon

Roster Players 21 and Under:

Noah Dobson, D.

Overview:

The Islanders had limited success under the long reign of GM Garth Snow. Last year the Lou Lamoriello era began and hopes are renewed. The Islanders have had 15 first-round picks in the past 11 drafts. There have been some hits (Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier) and some misses (Josh Ho-Sang, Griffin Reinhart) but overall they have struggled to develop their youth. Plenty of optimism surrounds the top five prospects who were all consistently ranked in the top five. Sorokin has as much hype as his countryman and cross-town rival Igor Shestorkin in Manhattan. Oliver Wahlstrom left NCAA after one so-so season to play in AHL and his point per game production fell even lower. Not as alarming as he is only 19-years-old. He also made his NHL debut and spending more time in the AHL may be best for his development. Kieffer Bellows has been an inconsistent producer for years but he ended the season with seven points in seven AHL games after being returned from a brief NHL recall. The future of Josh Ho-Sang is unclear at best. He has struggled to endear himself to management and was loaned to San Antonio for the end of the season. He needs a fresh start in a new organization and he needs to figure it out or he will be officially labeled as a bust if he hasn’t already.

16. Arizona Coyotes – 62.2