Prior to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Hockey's Future had Vancouver ranked 27th overall in terms of organizational depth. An indictment on the Canucks' prospect pool, to be sure, but that has a lot to do with the 2010 draft, where the Canucks traded Michael Grabner, their first-round pick, and entered the draft having already traded their second- and third-round picks.
The injury-plagued development of Cody Hodgson hasn't helped matters, but after a draft in which Mike Gillis stocked up on big forwards, the Canucks are in pretty good position to be adding several rookies a year to their farm team (this year, Anton Rodin, Darren Archibald, Steven Anthony, Peter Andersson, and Adam Polasek should start the year with the Chicago Wolves) and perhaps a few prospects to the big club (Cody Hodgson and Chris Tanev will certainly play roles in Vancouver, while Jordan Schroeder, Bill Sweatt, Darren Archibald, Yann Sauvé and Eddie Lack all figure to have a shot at being called up during the season).
In Part 3 of our examination of Vancouver's Top 20 prospects, we crack the Top 10 — where you'd ideally like to see a few guys who aren't too far away from pushing for roster spots and who have the potential to develop into dynamic players.
In other words, these guys should have the potential to be Top 4 defensemen or Top 6 forwards, and in my opinion, they all do.