This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
Much like the NFL, NBA, and MLB, interest in NHL prospects and young, up-and-coming players is at an all-time high. Organizations seeking to rebuild their teams have increasingly focused on stockpiling draft picks and figuring the rest out later.
With that in mind, this is the finale of a two-part series covering our annual rankings of the top-100 prospects in the NHL. In addition, we will have a four-part series in September, broken down by division, covering the top prospects of all 31 NHL organizations.
Part I can be found here.
(Note: players with 25 or more games of NHL regular-season experience are not eligible for this list)
1- Jack Hughes (C-NJ): Hughes, the first-overall pick from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, has somehow exceeded expectations despite the fact that his every move has been scrutinized by scouts for the past several years. Few prospects in recent memory have displayed the ability to assess a play – with both his mind and feet – and make the correct read with the puck as quickly and effectively as Hughes can. He's undersized (5-foot-10) and could face an adjustment period at the NHL level, but you can count the number of players currently in the league who possess Hughes' combination of vision, elusiveness, and smarts on one hand. With all due respect to 2017 first-overall selection Nico Hischier, Hughes is the true franchise center the Devils have been waiting years to get their hands on. Hughes, the US National Team Development