This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
With the 2016-17 regular season finished, it's time to update our prospect rankings one final time. Seventeen players graduated from the list and another five dropped off, so nearly a quarter of the list is new additions. The top 10 is very tight and a case can be made to move any of those players up or down a spot or two.
(Notes: - All stats as of April 12; players with 25 games or more of NHL regular season experience are not included)
1. Keller, Clayton (F-ARI)
2. Boeser, Brock (F-VAN)
3. Strome, Dylan (F-ARI): Another stellar season for OHL Erie (75P in 35GP), but appears to be a "safe" prospect as opposed to one with elite upside.
4. Connor, Kyle (F-WPG)
5. Barzal, Mathew (F-NYI)
6. Vrana, Jakub (F-WSH)
7. Samsonov, Ilya (G-WSH)
8. Kaprizov, Kirill (F-MIN)
9. Jost, Tyson (F-COL): Perhaps the only player in the COL organization who is guaranteed to be with the team next season.
10. Sergachev, Mikhail (D-MTL)
11. Sanheim, Travis (D-PHI)
12. Chabot, Thomas (D-OTT): No prospect in the league had his stock rise as much this season.
13. McAvoy, Charlie (D-BOS): Left BU and is set to make NHL debut in Stanley Cup Playoffs.
14. Svechnikov, Evgeni (F-DET)
15. White, Colin (F-OTT)
16. Senyshyn, Zachary (F-BOS)
17. Dubois, Pierre-Luc (F-CBJ): Had a poor QMJHL season (55P in 48GP) split between Cape Breton and Blainville-Boisbriand and was invisible for Team Canada at WJC.
18. Sorokin, Ilya (G-NYI)
19. Shestyorkin, Ilya (G-NYR)