There’s a new season not that far off in the distance, and that means it’s time for us to update our annual affiliated prospects ranking and eventually get into our team-by-team series with a countdown from the worst to best systems in the NHL.
As usual, we’ve assigned prospect status to any player who is still eligible for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s best rookie in any given season.
The NHL determines whether a prospect is still Calder-eligible based on these criteria:
To be eligible for the Calder Memorial Trophy, a player cannot have played more than 25 games in any single preceding season nor in six or more games in each of any two preceding seasons in any major professional league. Beginning in 1990-91, a player must not have attained his 26th birthday by Sept. 15 of the seas