With the 2012-13 NHL season winding down, here is a look ahead. In this article, we rank the top 10 teams with the brightest future.
Obviously, we have to define "future" for the purposes of this discussion. It's not easy to go too far ahead, since things like upcoming draft choices, trades and injuries will all factor in to the equation. Some highly touted prospects will fail to reach their potential while other unheralded players will make a big impact that few people were expecting.
With all of that in mind, we will project three years ahead. That means we combine the foundation of teams as they now exist with an emphasis on younger players and prospects that are due to join the team. Having early draft picks also helps raise a team's ratings.
So, here are the top 10 team's with the brightest future. Feel free to comment and add a team you feel I left off the list, but tell who comes off the list to add your team and why your team deserves to be added.