Top 100 Prospects: Forwards

#1 overall pick, Nail Yakupov, makes his NHL debut tonite - Jamie Sabau

Top 100 Prospects for Dynasty Leagues -- The Forwards.

Greetings Dynasty Leaguers!

For those of us in dynasty leagues, we know they are best: the most challenging, the most addicting, the most fun. I am in two, including our very own FHS "Ultimate Dynasty League," and because I am constantly ranking and re-evaluating prospects, I created this "Top 100 Prospects" list.

When evaluating a prospect, the single most important factor is (drum roll, please) upside potential.
It is said so often, it sounds trite, but it's true.
If a prospect doesn''t pan out, that's okay. He can always be replaced, but the important thing is that when one does hit, he hits BIG. And to hit BIG, you need...upside potential.

Other criteria are important, too, however, and will be factored in as well including:
1. Probability of reaching full potential,
2. ETA to the NHL,
3. Flight risk (esp. those pesky Russians),
4. Track record of team/coaching staff in developing prospects.

That's a lot of factors. And they are constantly changing.
Because of this, all prospects come with significant risk. "You must choose, but choose wisely."

So, let's get to the lists...

The Top 100 Prospect list will include 50 Forwards, 25 Defencemen, and 25 Goaltenders. Today, we will start with the Forwards.

NOTE: A "Prospect" is not strictly defined other than requiring that a player's rights be owned by an NHL franchise. Generally speaking, however, skaters on this list will have played in something less than a full season in the NHL and goalies will have 25 GP or less in the NHL. Rankings are, of course, subjective and determined with a player's current trade value in pools in mind.



Top 50 Forwards


1. Vladimir Tarasenko

St Louis Blues

Right Wing
Born
[21 yrs.]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 192
Selected by St. Louis Blues round 1 #16 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

2. Nail Yakupov

Edmonton Oilers

Right Wing
Born
[19 yrs.]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 190 -- Shoots L
Selected by Edmonton Oilers round 1 #1 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft

3. Mikael Granlund
Minnesota Wild

Centre/Left Wing
Born
[20 yrs.]
Height 5.10 -- Weight 180 -- Shoots L
Selected by Minnesota Wild round 1 #9 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

4. Alex Galchenyuk
Montreal Canadiens

Centre
Born
[18 yrs.]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 205 -- Shoots L
Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 1 #3 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft

5. Mikhail Grigorenko
Buffalo Sabres

Centre
Born
[18 yrs.]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 191 -- Shoots L
Selected by Buffalo Sabres round 1 #12 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft

6. Jonathan Huberdeau
Florida Panthers

Centre
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.01 -- Weight 171 -- Shoots L
Selected by Florida Panthers round 1 #3 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


7. Sven Baertschi

Calgary Flames

Left Wing
Born
[20 yrs]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 190 -- Shoots R
Selected by Calgary Flames round 1 #13 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

8. Evgeny Kuznetsov
Washington Capitals

Right Wing
Born
[20 yrs]
Selected by Washington Capitals round 1 #26 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

9. Ryan Strome

New York Islanders

Centre
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.01 -- Weight 183 -- Shoots R
Selected by New York Islanders round 1 #5 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


10. Brandon Saad

Chicago Blackhawks

Left Wing
Born
[20 yrs.]
Height 6.01 -- Weight 202 -- Shoots L
Selected by Chicago Blackhawks round 2 #43 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


11. Mark Scheifele

Winnipeg Jets

Centre
Born
[19 yrs.]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 184 -- Shoots R
Selected by Winnipeg Jets round 1 #7 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

12. Filip Forsberg

Washington Capitals

Left Wing/Centre
Born
[18 yrs]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 176 -- Shoots R
Selected by Washington Capitals round 1 #11 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft

13. Mika Zibanejad

Ottawa Senators

Centre
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 200 -- Shoots R
Selected by Ottawa Senators round 1 #6 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

14. Jakob Silfverberg

Ottawa Senators

Left Wing
Born
[22 yrs.]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 197 -- Shoots R
Selected by Ottawa Senators round 2 #39 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

15. Jaden Schwartz

St Louis Blues

Left Wing/Centre
Born
[20 yrs]
Height 5.09 -- Weight 190 -- Shoots L
Selected by St. Louis Blues round 1 #14 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

16. Teuvo Teravainen

Chicago Blackhawks

Left Wing
Born
[18 yrs.]
Height 5.10 -- Weight 185 -- Shoots L
Selected by Chicago Blackhawks round 1 #18 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft

17. Nick Bjugstad

Florida Panthers

Centre
Born
[20 yrs]
Height 6.04 -- Weight 204 -- Shoots R
Selected by Florida Panthers round 1 #19 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

18. Sebastian Collberg
Montreal Canadiens

Right Wing
Born
[18 yrs.]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 176 -- Shoots R
Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 2 #33 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft

19. Kyle Palmieri

Anaheim Ducks

Left Wing/Right Wing
Born
[21 yrs]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 193 -- Shoots R
Selected by Anaheim Ducks round 1 #26 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

20. Tyler Toffoli

Los Angeles Kings

Right Wing
Born
[20 yrs]
Height 6.01 -- Weight 194 -- Shoots R
Selected by Los Angeles Kings round 2 #47 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft


21. Tomas Hertl

San Jose Sharks

Centre
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 196 -- Shoots L
Selected by San Jose Sharks round 1 #17 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft


22. Roman Červenka

Calgary Flames

Centre
Born
[27 yrs]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 185 -- Shoots L
Signed as Free Agent by Calgary Flames on 2.5.2012

23. Cam Atkinson

Columbus Blue Jackets

Right Wing
Born
[23 yrs]
Height 5.08 -- Weight 173 -- Shoots R
Selected by Columbus Blue Jackets round 6 #157 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft


24. Alexander Khokhlachev
Boston Bruins

Centre/Left Wing
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 5.10 -- Weight 172 -- Shoots L
Selected by Boston Bruins round 2 #40 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


25. Gustav Nyquist

Detroit Red Wings

Left Wing
Born
[23 yrs]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 185 -- Shoots L
Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 4 #121 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft

26. Cory Conacher

Tampa Bay Lightning

Left Wing
Born
[23 yrs]
Height 5.08 -- Weight 175 -- Shoots L
Signed as Free Agent by Tampa Bay Lightning on 7.6.2011

27. Beau Bennett
Pittsburgh Penguins

Forward
Born
[21 yrs]
Height 6.01 -- Weight 195 -- Shoots R
Selected by Pittsburgh Penguins round 1 #20 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft


28. Nicklas Jensen

Vancouver Canucks

Right Wing
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.03 -- Weight 186 -- Shoots L
Selected by Vancouver Canucks round 1 #29 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

29. Emerson Etem
Anaheim Ducks

Right Wing
Born
[20 yrs]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 194 -- Shoots R
Selected by Anaheim Ducks round 1 #29 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft


30. Ryan Spooner
Boston Bruins

Left Wing/Centre
Born
[20 yrs]
Height 5.10 -- Weight 175 -- Shoots L
Selected by Boston Bruins round 2 #45 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

31. Calle Järnkrok

Detroit Red Wings

Centre
Born
[21 yrs]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 165 -- Shoots R
Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 2 #51 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft


32. Charlie Coyle

Minnesota Wild

Forward
Born
[20 yrs]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 210 -- Shoots R
Selected by San Jose Sharks round 1 #28 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft

33. Joel Armia
Buffalo Sabres

Left Wing
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.03 -- Weight 187 -- Shoots R
Selected by Buffalo Sabres round 1 #16 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

34. Vladislav Namestnikov

Tampa Bay Lightning

Centre
Born
[20 yrs]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 170 -- Shoots L
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning round 1 #27 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


35. Chris Kreider

New York Rangers

Left Wing
Born
[21 yrs]
Height 6.03 -- Weight 225 -- Shoots L
Selected by New York Rangers round 1 #19 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft


36. Damien Brunner

Detroit Red Wings

Right Wing
Born
[26 yrs]
Height 5.10 -- Weight 176
Signed as Free Agent by Detroit Red Wings on 7.1.2012


37. John Gaudreau

Calgary Flames

Forward
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 5.06 -- Weight 141
Selected by Calgary Flames round 4 #104 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


38. Nikita Kucherov
Tampa Bay Lightning

Right Wing
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 174 -- Shoots L
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning round 2 #58 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


39. Zemgus Girgensons

Buffalo Sabres

Centre
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 194 -- Shoots L
Selected by Buffalo Sabres round 1 #14 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft

40. Marcus Foligno
Buffalo Sabres

Left Wing
Born
[21 yrs]
Height 6.03 -- Weight 226 -- Shoots L
Selected by Buffalo Sabres round 4 #104 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft


41. Boone Jenner

Columbus Blue Jackets

Centre
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 204 -- Shoots L
Selected by Columbus Blue Jackets round 2 #37 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


42. Ty Rattie

St Louis Blues

Right Wing
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 167 -- Shoots R
Selected by St. Louis Blues round 2 #32 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

43. J.T. Miller

New York Rangers

Left Wing
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 195 -- Shoots L
Selected by New York Rangers round 1 #15 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


44. Brett Ritchie

Dallas Stars

Right Wing
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.04 -- Weight 215 -- Shoots R
Selected by Dallas Stars round 2 #44 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


45. William Karlsson
Anaheim Ducks

Centre
Born
[20 yrs]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 163 -- Shoots L
Selected by Anaheim Ducks round 2 #53 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

46. Brandon Pirri

Chicago Blackhawks

Centre
Born
[21 yrs]
Height 6.00 -- Weight 180 -- Shoots L
Selected by Chicago Blackhawks round 2 #59 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft


47. Tomas Tatar

Detroit Red Wings

Left Wing
Born
[22 yrs]
Height 5.11 -- Weight 176 -- Shoots L
Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 2 #60 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft


48. Radek Faksa

Dallas Stars

Centre
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.03 -- Weight 202 -- Shoots L
Selected by Dallas Stars round 1 #13 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft


49. Rickard Rakell
Anaheim Ducks

Centre
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.01 -- Weight 185 -- Shoots R
Selected by Anaheim Ducks round 1 #30 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


50. Stefan Noesen

Ottawa Senators

Right Wing
Born
[19 yrs]
Height 6.02 -- Weight 205 -- Shoots R
Selected by Ottawa Senators round 1 #21 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft



Who did I miss?
Have you made any savvy trades to acquire rising stars?
If so, let's hear about it!






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