The recent NHL draft was used to re-stock the farm systems of all 30 NHL teams as they prepare for the 2013-14 season.
The following power rankings are based on three main criteria: the quality of prospects, the organizational depth and the minor league teams’ success in the past three seasons (teams’ records and developing current NHL players).
Each of these categories will be evaluated as excellent, good, fair or poor. There is also a brief overview of each team’s farm system.
Players who no longer qualify for the Calder trophy (have played more than 25 NHL games in one previous season) or have played more than 50 games in two previous seasons (my own rule) have been excluded. All drafted players, even those not playing strictly on one of the farm teams, are considered part of the overall minor league system for that team.
The 30 teams are power ranked in ascending order.