This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
Before the season began, we looked at the top three prospects from all 30 NHL teams and discussed what was expected this season. With the season nearing its completion, it's time review how the last seven months went for those 90 young players.
(Notes: The prospects are in order that appeared in the original article in September. They wouldn't necessarily be in this order if they were re-ranked today. All stats as of May 31.)
1. John Gibson (G, Anaheim-NHL/Norfolk-AHL): Gibson didn't have the season that most of us expected, as he battled through injuries and ended up just playing 23 games for the Ducks. He once again showed flashes of brilliance, but his overall numbers (2.60 GAA, .914 save percentage) weren't great. He dominated once again during his stint in the AHL, showing one more time that he has nothing to prove in the minors. Frederik Andersen had a terrific season as Anaheim's No. 1 goaltender and it would be a surprise if he doesn't open next season as the starter. Gibson won't turn 22 years old until July, so spending another full year as Andersen's understudy isn't the worst thing.
2. Nicolas Kerdiles (C, Norfolk-AHL): The injury bug really bit Kerdiles in his first pro season, limiting him to just 51 games with the Admirals. He was fairly productive when in the lineup (nine goals and 26 points) but more was expected from him after two dominant seasons at the University of Wisconsin. Kerdiles remains