With a nasty edge to his game, the Blackhawks have to hope De Brincat can excel at the NHL level, as, at the moment, it appears as though none of the team’s other prospects will.

Despite enjoying a successful regular season in 2016-17, the Montreal Canadiens suffered yet another early playoff loss – this time at the hands of the New York Rangers.

With the exception of Kevin Labanc, only one player drafted by San Jose outside of the opening round over the past five years has skated with the Sharks.

Fortunately, the team does have a few skaters poised to enjoy success at the NHL level.

While it is difficult to draft a handful of players every June, successfully building and developing a particular player’s skill-set is another task entirely.

If adequate opportunity and coaching are not made readily available, picks turn into busts and contenders quickly turn into pretenders.

With no elite prospects in goal or on defence, the Penguins’ farm system is incredibly thin and is an area of weakness which could detriment the team in the immediate future.

While Pittsburgh is fortunate to retain Jake Guentzel – a pure goal scorer who burst onto the scene in 2016-17 and was simply unstoppable – the ‘Pens will need to further bolster their system with young talent if they wish to enjoy sustainable success.

– 2016-17 OHL: 63GP – 65G, 127Pts The Chicago Blackhawks slipped five spots in this year’s ranking – a fall due largely to the stagnant development of their existing prospects and the inability of the franchise to add new talent to their prospect cupboard.

Further, trading the So, in terms of one prospect to watch, it goes without saying that all eyes will now be focused strictly on Alex De Brincat.

Moving Sundqvist, arguably the team’s best centre-ice prospect diluted an already thin Penguins prospect base and one which could have been considerably strengthened by a fresh first round pick.