Ranking the Metro Divisions Prospect Pools

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Ranking the Metro Divisions Prospect Pools

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Ranking the Metro Divisions Prospect Pools

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The 2022 National Hockey League Draft and the beginning of free agency are over, bringing all NHL fans to the calm before the storm of the regular season. With development camps wrapping up recently, prospects are a hot topic. I will be starting a four week series, ranking every team’s prospect pool by division. Buckle your seatbelts, we start with the Metropolitan Division today and will visit a new one every Tuesday. 

8. New York Islanders

  1. Aatu Raty
  2. Simon Holmstrom
  3. Bode Wilde 
  4. William Dufour
  5. Ruslan Iskhakov

The New York Islanders prospect pool is not pretty. Being last in your division is never ideal, but it’s especially not good when your team is stuck in limbo like the Islanders. The Metropolitan division is full of young stars in the making, but the Islanders don’t have the top end talent or depth to keep up. Aatu Raty, their number one prospect, projects as a top six forward but not a star. One name to look out for is 2022 third round draft pick Quinn Finley. Finley was the first name called in his USHL Phase One draft. The University of Wisconsin commit has shown the potential to be a strong NHL player, but he needs to back it up with numbers this upcoming season.

7. Pittsburgh Penguins

  1. Owen Pickering
  2. Samuel Polin
  3. Taylor Gauthier
  4. Pierre-Olivier Joseph
  5. Filip Hallander

The Pittsburgh Penguins sit with the Islanders as the undisputed bottom two prospect pools of the Metro. However, the depth of Pittsburgh’s pool puts them one spot ahead of New York at seven. 2022 first round pick defenseman Owen Pickering takes over as the Penguins number one prospect, with a throng of others behind him. Some names not listed that deserve attention are Canadian Nathan Legare, University of Minnesota’s Tristan Broz and Finnish goalie prospects Filip Lindberg and Joel Blomqvist. A prospect with potential high upside is 2022 fifth round choice Zam Plante. Plante scored at an almost four point-per-game pace in Minnesota High School and had 21 points in 31 games for the USHL’s Chicago Steel, while putting up four points in four games for Team USA at the Hlinka-Gretzky Tournament.

6. New York Rangers

  1. Brennan Othman
  2. Will Cuylle
  3. Zac Jones
  4. Brett Berard
  5. Adam Sykora

HMs – Bobby Trivigno, Ryder Korczak, Matthew Robertson

With Braden Schneider and Nils Lundkvist graduating from the “prospect” tag, the Rangers took a hit in the rankings. Still, having Brennan Othmann and players like Brett Berard and Will Cuylle isn’t all that bad. University of Massachusetts is becoming Defenseman University, with New York’s Zac Jones looking to be the next big name after Cale Makar’s emergence. Bobby Trivigno, also a UMass graduate, only projects as a bottom six checking forward but he is top notch at his job. He could turn into a player like Barclay Goodrow if developed properly. Ryder Korczak from the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors was over a point-per-game in the regular season and playoffs. Korczak’s NHL timetable is a little longer than those on the list, but he could jump some spots in the upcoming year.

5. Carolina Hurricanes

  1. Jack Drury
  2. Scott Morrow
  3. Pyotr Kochetkov
  4. Ville Koivunen
  5. Jamieson Rees

All of the Carolina Hurricanes top prospects are on the older side, but the depth of their prospect pool is insane. If they can develop some of the higher potential prospects, this young team that finished first in the Metropolitan will be dominant for years. Some names that stick out are German forward Dominik Bokk, Swedish winger Noel Gunler, and Finnish defenseman Anttoni Honka. Honka has high upside as some saw him as a first round pick in his draft year and he had 37 points in 57 games with JYP of Liiga. His puck-moving mentality fits perfectly in the Canes system. Two players being slept on are a pair of Americans in Boston University defenseman Dominic Fensore and University of Wisconsin bound Cruz Lucius. Fensore is undersized at 5’7” but he has dominated the HockeyEast as BU’s best player. Cruz Lucius was drafted in the fourth round of the 2022 draft, and is the younger brother of 2021 first round pick Chaz. Cruz was thought to be a first round pick and the better Lucius brother until a lingering wrist injury tanked his stock. Lastly, 2022 second round pick Gleb Trikozov lit up the MHL as a 2004 born. Trikozov could be a hurricane force on the wing in Carolina once he makes his way to North America. 

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