The Minnesota Wild have built one of the strongest group of prospects in the National Hockey League.
The lockout has allowed the incoming rookies a chance to begin their professional careers together with the Houston Aeros. When or if the lockout ends, a few of the prospects could be NHL bound.
Here are the power rankings of the top 15 Wild prospects.
No. 1 – Mikael Granlund, Houston (AHL). The Wild’s top prospect has gotten off to a great start at Houston with four goals, eight assists and a plus-five rating in eight games. He is likely to miss two to four weeks with an ankle injury.
No. 2 – Tyler Graovac, Ottawa (OHL). The former seventh round draft pick has been the surprise with 16 goals in 16 games. He also has seven assists.
No. 3 – Cody Almond, Geneve-Servette (Swiss). He decided to sign in Europe, but still remains a part of the Wild organization. He is off to a very good start with six goals, 12 assists and a plus-six rating in 20 games.
No. 4 – Charlie Coyle, Houston (AHL). The power forward acquired just over 16 months ago leads the Aeros with six goals.
No. 5 – Raphael Bussieres, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL). The 2012 second round draft pick has six goals, nine assists and a plus-five rating in 17 games.
No. 6 – Brian Connelly, Houston (AHL). The free agent acquisition a few months ago leads all Aeros’ defensemen in scoring with 10 points (two goals, eight assists).
No. 7 – Louis Nanne, Penticton (BCHL). The seventh round draft pick from Edina is picking up right where former Wild third round draft pick Mario Lucia left off with the Vees. He has four goals and nine assists in 12 games.
No. 8 – Mathew Dumba, Red Deer (WHL). The first round draft pick is displaying his offensive talents with three goals and eight assists in 18 games, but has a minus-seven rating and 29 penalty minutes.
No. 9 – Colton Jobke, Regina (WHL). The undrafted free agent has shown an offensive side (12 points) and feisty side (37 penalty minutes) in 13 games.
No. 10 – Marco Scandella, Houston (AHL). The second round draft pick has eight assists in seven games. He has the most NHL experience of any Aeros defensemen.
No. 11 – Erik Haula, Minnesota (WCHA). The seventh round draft has been very good for the Gophers with four goals and four assists in seven games.
No. 12 – Jason Zucker, Houston (AHL). The second round draft pick has two goals and three assists in five games, but has been slowed by an injury.
No. 13 – Kyle Medvec, Orlando (ECHL). The fourth round draft pick from Apple Valley is showing improved offensive skills with three goals and three assists in eight games.
No. 14 – Adam Gilmour, Muskegon (USHL). The fourth round draft pick is off to a strong start with the Lumberjacks recording three goals and four assists in 12 games.
No. 15 – Carson McMillan, Houston (AHL). The seventh round draft pick has one goal and four assists in five games.