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    20. New Jersey Devils

    The Devils used to be mainstays toward the bottom of my farm rankings. There is still work to be done here — as using high picks on Pavel Zacha (considered a graduate) and Michael McLeod don’t look great a few years later — but there has been progress. Their 2017 draft provided a ton of depth to the system, 2017 second-rounder Jesper Boqvist has looked very good and 2018 first-rounder Ty Smith was dominant in the WHL.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 5
    https://theathletic.com/439518/2018/...20-new-jersey/

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    19. Toronto Maple Leafs

    Toronto’s system lacks a top-end talent outside Timothy Liljegren, but there’s a lot of fine-to-good prospects scattered throughout the amateur and pro ranks. Their AHL team, the Toronto Marlies, won a championship on the backs of a lot of prospects as opposed to quad-A guys. I’m not sold a lot of impact guys come out of this pipeline, but there could be quality options to help supplement the core piece Toronto already has.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 13
    https://theathletic.com/448379/2018/...o-maple-leafs/

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    18. Minnesota Wild

    I realize this ranking comes with a bit of a asterisk given so much value comes from Kirill Kaprizov whose NHL commitment seems tentative but is a heck of a talent. Behind him they have a few solid NHL-ready pieces in Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway but after trading away a lot of picks lately and a questionable use of a first-round pick on Filip Johansson, the quality depth here isn’t fantastic even if there’s a few sleepers in the system I like.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 6
    https://theathletic.com/470478/2018/...innesota-wild/

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    17. San Jose Sharks

    The Sharks’ system is an interesting one. Ryan Merkley keeps them out of the basement, as I’m a big believer in his upside. However, their system moved over the year for me due to the progression of several players. There are quite a few guys in their system I have in the “Have a Chance” category that have intriguing skill sets, even if they are long-shots. Overall, I like the depth a lot here even if the top could be better.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 30
    https://theathletic.com/471198/2018/...n-jose-sharks/

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    16. Dallas Stars

    Dallas’ drafting has been interesting over the past few years. There’s been reasonable criticism of some of its picks, but at the same time, they have a true top-end defensive prospect in Miro Heiskanen. After him, there are some very intriguing players in this system. The question for this pipeline isn’t whether there are good prospects, because the answer is yes. It’s whether picks like Denis Guryanov and Jake Oettinger will provide a positive return on investment for their draft slot.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 19
    https://theathletic.com/471204/2018/...-dallas-stars/

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    15. Arizona Coyotes

    Arizona’s AHL team was fun to watch last season, as they had several of the league’s top offensive players. While it’s easy to pick on Dylan Strome, and he’s by no means a perfect player, he looked great in the AHL and seems to be progressing well. I haven’t agreed with all the picks they’ve made in recent years, but there’s certainly talent in this pipeline and the positive progression of several prospects balances out the fact that I’m more bearish on some of the players they’ve picked high recently.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 2
    https://theathletic.com/471210/2018/...izona-coyotes/

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    14. Chicago Blackhawks

    Chicago’s system is quite deep. In fact, in terms of number of prospects ranked, they are tied for first among all teams. The top of the system isn’t too impressive outside Adam Boqvist, but there are a lot of quality prospects throughout their ranks.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 27
    https://theathletic.com/447811/2018/...go-blackhawks/

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    13. Ottawa Senators

    While Ottawa’s offseason has been, well, interesting, I do think its farm system brings reason for optimism. I can quibble over whether Brady Tkachuk was the right pick at fourth overall in this past draft, or how this system will look next year without a first-round pick, but overall there’s talent in their amateur and pro levels.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 12
    https://theathletic.com/472643/2018/...tawa-senators/

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    I'm not getting a lot of milage here, but I'm keeping it up anyway

    Still no sign of the Rangers...

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    Everyone is waiting for the Rangers to start commenting
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    Keep posting man, I read it, just not commenting before its done.

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    Pronman: 2018-19 NHL Farm System Rankings

    Yea Iím waiting for the rangers before I start the free trial on the Athletic 🤣


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    12. Philadelphia Flyers

    Philadelphia has the deepest system in the NHL in terms of quality depth. If I were a betting man, I’d say this pool of players produces the first or second most NHL players. They have a couple great players in Philippe Myers and Morgan Frost, and a top-five goalie prospect in Carter Hart. They lack a true game-breaker, but otherwise every position has abundance of talent.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 1
    https://theathletic.com/474251/2018/...elphia-flyers/

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    Here we go.

    11. New York Rangers

    The Rangers have begun a rebuild and with that have seen a significant change in their farm system over the last two years. The rebuild isn’t over yet by any means, but they have some real pieces to work with after their last two drafts and this past trade deadline. Filip Chytil was one of the biggest risers in the prospect world in the last year. They also have one of the best groups of young goalies in the league. In terms of number of players I listed, the Rangers are tied with Philadelphia for the second deepest farm system.

    Team’s 2017 ranking*: No. 29
    https://theathletic.com/474255/2018/...-york-rangers/
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    post the Rangers!


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    I think most of the list is fair, but I'm surprised Lundkvist was not ranked higher.

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    He really wasn't a fan of the pick when we made it. He's also got a massive hard on for prospects with a high end element to his game versus the well rounded types.
    Also worth remembering that "Have a chance" doesn't mean "have a chance to play in the NHL" in this context.

    Have a chance: Probably not an impact guy but could play in the league and has the toolkit to have an outside chance to be a real player. Have a chance refers to probability to be a good player, not his probability to play NHL games.

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    I really appreciate what you're doing, but it's against the rules to post an entire article - especially one from a site behind a paywall. It puts us in a tough spot.

    Sorry to be a buzzkill.

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    Sorry. Should probably have
    a) read the rules and
    b) realised posting an entire article from a paid subscription site was a bad move
    Last edited by Gravesy; 08-17-2018 at 12:54 PM.

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