I’m always leery of rankings.
I’m especially not impressed by rankings that just take into account one thing.
With ESPN’s organizational rankings, Grant Sonier has obviously just listed the 30 NHL teams based on how many prospects each team has in the ESPN top-prospects rankings. Plus, he drops out young players who’ve played in the NHL on a somewhat regular basis, like Tyler Seguin.
The Bruins come in at just No. 19 in the rankings. For what it’s worth, fellow NHL powers Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Washington, Pittsburgh and San Jose all rank below the Bruins. And the Florida Panthers, who’ve reached the playoffs three times in their history, rank No. 1. Any hockey list that puts the Panthers No. 1 that doesn’t have to do with the attractiveness of the team’s dance squad really can’t be taken too seriously.
As we saw last month at the Bruins’ development camp, Boston is loaded for years to come. And Seguin, Steven Kampfer and Jordan Caron are all on the cusp of making an impact despite a little NHL experience they gained last year. I won’t hold my breath waiting for the Panthers (or Ottawa or Edmonton, No. 2 and 3, respectively) to win the Stanley Cup before the Bruins win their next one, or any of the above-mentioned perennially strong teams lift the Cup.
If you want to put any legitimacy in this list, you can at least get a laugh at the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs ranking No. 22. Are they ever going to turn things around?