2017 Top Shelf Hockey Prospects

Welcome to the 2017 Top Shelf Prospects series.  As we go through the Summer of 2017 I will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. I will go team by team through the NHL bringing you a look at each Teams Top Prospects. I will be following the order of the first round of the NHL draft (as if there were no traded draft picks) and you can find all the articles here.  Since we had an extensive NHL Draft preview, I will not be reviewing the players who were drafted in the 2017 draft, as there have been no games since then, and my reports on them will not have changed.

What I will be doing is linking you to those articles, as well as taking a look at prospects that were acquired before this year’s draft; their progress, and their chances of making the 2017-18 roster of the NHL team in question. I will also bring you one sleeper pick – a player who was either drafted in the 4th-round or later, or was an undrafted free agent signing who I pick as my dark horse to make the NHL. For those wondering, the cut-off for what is or isn’t a prospect is typically about 50 NHL games played or being 25 years old. These are not hard or fast rules though, and I may make some exceptions depending on the circumstances.


Links will be added as the articles are released.


2018 NHL Draft Early Rankings

Top Five February
6-10 February
11-15 February
16-20 February
21-25 February
26-31 February

Top Five November
6-10 November
11-15 November
16-20 November
21-25 November
26-31 November

Early Look (summer 2017)

NHL Organizational Rankings Summer 2017

31-21 Rankings
20-11 Rankings
10-1 Rankings

2018 NHL Draft Rankings, Early Look

2017 NHL Entry Draft Headquarters

2017 Top Shelf Prospects Team Reviews

Western Conference

Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks
Arizona Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Vancouver Canucks
Vegas Golden Knights

Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Dallas Stars
Nashville Predators
Minnesota Wild
St. Louis Blues
Winnipeg Jets

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals



Maritime Division Preview
East Division Preview
West Division Preview


East Division Preview
Central Division Preview
Mid-West Division Preview
West Division Preview


East Division Preview
Central Division Preview
B.C. Division Preview
U.S. Division Preview