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Wild: Tops The NHL Prospect Pool

July 19, 2022, 4:48 PM ET [7 Comments]
Dan Wallace
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Byron Bader, the creator of hockeyprospecting.com has released his prospect pool rankings for every team and yes, the Wild are at the top of the list:

Here is what Byron had to say about the Wild prospects:

1. Minnesota Wild

The Wild, a team building itself into a contender, has the best prospect system in the NHL. The star potential in their top 5 (Rossi, Boldy, Addison, Yurov and Ohgren) is immense. Nobody else can touch it.

Great depth in the system as well as they have tons of potential NHL pieces outside the top 5. And they have one of the best goalie prospects in the world in Wallstedt. The Wild's system is basically flawless.

Check out his Twitter account @ByronMBader and his website HockeyProspecting.com to learn more about how the rankings work and where the rest of the league stacks up.

Bill Guerin and his team have done a fantastic job working the plan by holding onto draft picks and moving assets to add additional draft capital. We know the challenges of the salary cap which is not just a few year issue (referring to the dual buyouts from last Summer).

The cap is an issue each and every year and managing it has to include a solid prospect system to be able stay competitive year after year.

Judd Brackett, Wild Director of Amateur Scouting, may be Bill Guerin's best acquisition since taking over as Wild GM. Brackett was hired in July of 2020 following five years with the Canucks. Brackett has full autonomy to guide the Wild draft and through his first two he has scored some key prospects that should don the Wild sweater sooner rather than later.

Bader lists the top five prospects but there are a lot more, but what is interesting about those top five, two are from this year's draft. It also does not include stellar goaltending prospect Jesper Wallstedt and several high profile defense prospects Brock Faber, Ryan O'Rourke, Carson Lambos, Jack Peart, and Daemon Hunt.

The future is bright for the Wild, but maybe more important is the fact that some of these assets will be moved to address specific needs as they arise. We know not all of these players can make it onto the Wild roster, so Guerin has some chips to bargain with...
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