The right prospect can be an immediate game changer, helping thrust a bubble team into contention, or a lottery team into the post-season. Others take a little longer to develop, but can ultimately have an even greater impact. Figuring out which is which can be more art than science.
I've had the pleasure of working with Corey Pronman since Hockey Prospectus' inception late in the 2008-09 season. Pronman has established an impressive reputation as one of the leading prospect analysts by combining traditional scouting methods with video analysis and non-traditional statistics better than anyone else.
Every year, in our annual Hockey Prospectus guide, Pronman ranks the Top 100 NHL Prospects, almost all of whom also qualify as rookies. His analysis is a must-read for those who follow prospects.
With his kind permission, I'm taking a look at the top prospect he's selected from each team. Based on their play and both the goals and the roster of their respective teams, I'll be providing my own personal take on each player's likely opportunities, and what we can expect from each one.