This is the 2019 version of organizational prospect rankings that were released last year. To be considered, prospects are aged 25 and under and have played less than 25 NEFHL games. The rankings are based on the total number of prospects along with the quality of these prospects as assessed by dobberprospects.com. Undrafted prospects or prospects that don't exist on dobber were rated individually.
The overall prospect score is multiplied by a prospect quality coefficient to obtain the final score for the team. The coefficient has a small impact on the final score but the primary driver is the overall prospect score. The prospect quality coefficient is usually lowered when teams have more prospects so don't be surprised to see teams with the most prospects, lower in that ranking.
In this edition of the prospect rankings, we take a look at teams ranked 21 to 31, starting with the team that's done the worst job at adding prospects for the second consecutive year, the Arizona Coyotes.
31. Arizona Coyotes (31) - The Coyotes haven't done much to improve their prospect pool. They have the least amount of prospects again this year. Let's see how long the Coyotes can remain competitive under this model. This team is by far the worst in this category, obtaining half of the points that the team above them has.
Overall Prospect Score: 31st
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 19th
30. Colorado Avalanche (17) - The Avalanche have fall from middle of the pack to only leading over the Coyotes. With the worst prospect quality numbers in the league and one of the worst overall prospect ranking, the Avalanche have gone from arguably having the league's best prospect pool to one of the worst. With little to no picks as well, the Avs GM is pulling every trick he can to replenish these shelves. The silver lining for the Avs is they have one of the best teams in the league and could easily convert some of their assets for futures.
Overall Prospect Score: 29th
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 31st
29. Tampa Bay Lightning (27) - The Lightning have dropped a few spots. The former GM decided to try and compete next season instead of retooling, sending the 3rd overall pick in the 2019 draft in a package for Panarin and Holtby. Hopefully the new Lightning GM can walk and chew gum at the same time to hopefully put forth a competitive squad while moving a few assets to ensure the Lightning aren't just competing once every 10 years.
Overall Prospect Score: 30th
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 29th
28. New York Rangers (28) - No change in ranking position for the Rangers. This is a team that hasn't had a strong prospect pool in years but manages to stay competitive. At one point this will likely change and the Rangers will need to concentrate on drafting. There are limited picks available to them in 2020 so my guess is there's at least one more push for a playoff spot before rebuilding occurs.
Overall Prospect Score: 28th
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 30th
27. Columbus Blue Jackets (23) - Teams ranked 30 to 28 were scored relatively closely and the Jackets' prospect pool is approximately 20% better than those teams. Despite that, it remains that the Jackets are declining in this category and have moved several of their prospects to compete now including their 2020 1st round pick.
Overall Prospect Score: 27th
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 23rd
26. New York Islanders (15) - There's another significant jump between the Jackets and Islanders. The Islanders have had a ton of prospects graduate while not adding a whole lot in the past few years. This looks like it's going to change a bit next June with the GM attending the draft and stockpiling more picks. But for now the team drops quite a few spots to the bottom tier of the league.
Overall Prospect Score: 24th
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 17th
25. Buffalo Sabres (26) - Kevin's done a lot to improve his prospect pool and he indeed has improved his score. His position in these rankings doesn't show the improvement he's done but he's turned more quantity into quality and his overall ranking has improved as a result. Last year's ranking would have put them in the bottom 4 this year. Teams ranked 24-26 this year are insanely close. You could probably interchange the team ranked 24th with this one. If Buffalo continues in this direction and start drafting, they will find themselves in the top half of the league before long.
Overall Prospect Score: 26th
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 14th
24. Dallas Stars (18) - Another team who rebuilt and now competing and who's converting futures to players that will help them win now. As a result though, their position is dropping. Dallas does have picks to continue adding and a wealth of options for trade should they wish to shore up this part of their team.
Overall Prospect Score: 23rd
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 21st
23. Anaheim Ducks (29) - Looks like the Ducks saw these rankings last year and decided to do something about it and the increase is significant. However the Ducks had a long way to go from 29th and there is still a lot of work to do to make this team competitive again. They have the 9th best prospect quality coefficient in the league so if they can more prospects we'll surely see another solid increase in next year's rankings.
Overall Prospect Score: 25th
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 9th
22. Washington Capitals (24) - The Capitals had one of the best teams last year but took a sharp turn this offseason and decided to rebuild. The increase in their position is minor but there are some solid building blocks from the moves done this summer along with three first rounders in next year's draft. Their 3rd best prospect quailty coefficient isn't able to boost their 22nd best prospect ranking due to the large gap between the 22nd and 21st ranked teams in overall prospect rankings but their final score is almost equal to the 21st ranked team.
Overall Prospect Score: 22nd
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 3rd
21. Edmonton Oilers (22) - As mentioned above, there's a significant gap between the Capitals and the Oilers in overall prospect score and this is mainly due to the larger prospect pool the Oilers have. However, the prospect quality coefficient closes the gap between the two teams but Edmonton has the slight edge. The Edmonton Oilers must continue drafting well and developing future assets to turn this franchise into a yearly playoff contender.
Overall Prospect Score: 21st
Prospect Quality Coefficient: 24th
Stay tuned for teams ranked 20-11.