This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
With the 2017-18 season fast approaching, here's our list of the top-100 prospects in the game. In addition, we will also have a four-part series, broken down by division, which will cover the top-10 prospects in each individual organization.
(Note: players with 25 games or more of regular-season NHL experience are not eligible for this list.)
1. Clayton Keller (F-ARI): While several players can make a claim for the top overall spot heading into the season, Keller is coming off a stellar year at Boston University in which he posted 45 points in 31 games and he finished the season with a pair of assists in three games for Arizona. Keller is Patrick Kane-lite. He is dynamic with the puck on his stick and excels in open space. He needs to continue to improve defensively, but Keller is a hard worker who is open to learning. The addition of Derek Stepan could potentially cut into Keller's power play minutes, but he is simply too talented to keep off the ice with the man advantage and I imagine the Coyotes realize that. He might not produce a ton of re-draft value this coming season, but I think Keller's long-term ceiling makes him the top prospect in the game.
2. Brock Boeser (F-VAN): A top-flight sniper with a laser-quick release and a bomb of a shot, Boeser scored four goals in nine games for Vancouver when he arrived in the NHL late last season. Boeser's passing is underrated, but his calling