NHL Prospects Running out of Time to Prove Themselves

December 16th, 2015 by Allan Mitchell Leave a reply »
NHL teams rely on the draft for procurement, and it is very important to acquire productive players with their early picks. After the top two or three selections each summer, it is unlikely a team will receive an impact player. Teams need to ensure their picks are going to become productive NHL players in important roles.

Most prospects take two or three years to develop into useful players—some need a little more time. The clock begins ticking once they turn pro, and if the prospect isn't playing NHL hockey a year or two later, there has to be at least some concern.

Here are 10 NHL prospects who are running out of time to show they are worthy of NHL employment reflective of their draft number. Players are ranked based on the spot in which they were chosen in their respective draft seasons.

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