Panthers reveal their final top 20 prospects ranking:
Somewhat surprisingly the Panthers haven’t released a prospect ranking since 2016 – perhaps reflective of the teams shift in focus from rebuilding for the future to winning games. That being said, the team’s passion continues to be drafting and developing players whether it be through the draft or free agency and given that, the team continues to put a premium on having a robust pipeline of young talent despite being in win now mode.
“Constantly infusing young talent and players on entry level contracts is key to sustained success in this league,” said Trev, who continued “we’ll continue to look at opportunities to improve our current roster, but we don’t feel like we need to sacrifice drafting and prospects to do so and having 3 first round picks in the upcoming draft is one example of that”
Notable graduations since our last prospect list include Brayden Point and Matt Murray, who was traded at the start of last season for the Panthers new #1 prospect and goalie of the future, Ilya Samsonov, as well as two 1st round picks.
The breakdown of the Panthers top 20 is as follows:
- 4 acquired via trade
- 1 via offer sheet
- 14 drafted players
- 1 signed college free agent
Honorable mentions (in no particular order):