Top 50: New number one in Edmonton Oilers first overall pick Nail Yakupov
In the final installment of Hockey's Future's Top 50 prospect rankings we look at the top 10 spots. Seven players from the previous ranking maintained their status with the top group, but there are several prominent new additions, most notably 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov (EDM).
Hockey's Future's staff considered several options, including top-ranked defenseman Dougie Hamilton (BOS) and the explosive Vladimir Tarasenko (STL), but ultimately Yakupov's dynamic skill won out.
Prospects ranked on the Spring list including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM), Brayden Schenn (PHI), Slava Voynov (LAK), and Dmitri Orlov (WAS) were not considered for this list, though they still technically qualify by HF's Prospect Criteria.… read more
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