Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Some Prospect Rankings

Nathan Beaulieu is the third best prospect in the Montreal Canadiens system, according to Hockey’s Future.

“Though he could see some NHL games due to injuries along the blue line, Beaulieu will continue his development at the AHL level and be brought along slowly as he gains more experience playing pro hockey,” writes David Thicke.

Beaulieu played in six games with the Canadiens last season.

The former Sea Dogs defenseman was the top ranked Habs prospect in The Hockey News Yearbook.

Charlie Coyle is the third best prospect in the Minnesota Wild system, according to Hockey’s Future.

“Whether he will stay on the top line remains to be seen, but he should have another solid season ahead of him even if he ends up moving to the second-line, possibly as a center,” writes Peter Prohaska about Coyle’s upcoming season in the NHL.

Meanwhile, Zack Phillips is ranked ninth by Hockey's Future, fourth in The Hockey News Yearbook, and fourth by Hockey Prospectus.

Hockey’s Future has named Tomas Jurco the seventh best prospect in the Detroit Red Wings system.

“With the pending departures of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Joakim Andersson (no longer qualifies as a prospect) to the NHL there should be plenty of top-six minutes for Jurco to earn in 2013-14,” writes Adam Schnepp. “With that type of ice time, Jurco is very likely to emerge as one of Grand Rapids' most potent offensive threats.”
Jurco had 28 points in 74 regular season AHL games and 14 points in 24 playoff matches en route to a Calder Cup title.

Yann Sauve is the 14th best prospect in the Vancouver Canucks system, Hockey’s Future has determined.

“Sauve has a lot of NHL ready qualities, particularly his size, and shutdown ability,” write Larenzo Jensen. “It would not be surprising to see him get another few games during a call-up from the parent club in 2013-14.”

Sauve played in five NHL games with the Canucks in 2010-11.

Hockey’s Future has also determined that Eric Gelinas is the sixth best prospect in the New Jersey Devils system. He’s expected to compete for a roster spot with the NHL club this season.

NHL.com has him ranked fourth in the Devils organization, The Hockey News Yearbook has him at No. 7, and Hockey Prospectus has him ranked fourth.

Stanislav Galiev has slid down to the 10th best prospect in the Washington Capitals system, according to NHL.com. He was ranked ninth in The Hockey News Yearbook.

Galiev will be looking to lock down a job with the AHL’s Hershey Bears this season after spending much of last year in the ECHL.

Hockey Prospectus has Mike Hoffman ranked 10th in the Ottawa Senators organization.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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