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Prospects Unlimited 2023

Prospects Unlimited 2023

In this year's edition of our annual Prospects Unlimited issue, we count down the top 100 21-and-under players in the world and focus in on each NHL team's youth with profiles, grades and a full listing of every player in the organization.

Philadelphia Flyers

Q&A WITH DANIEL BRIERE

RYAN KENNEDY: Danny Briere, GM of the Philadelphia Flyers, thank you so much for doing this. We’re doing this interview in the team’s brand-new dressing room, where a lot of young players who made the Flyers this season will make their home. I’m interested in your expectations of these youngsters and what they can learn as they help the team on the ice. DANIEL BRIERE: I think that a little bit of that started last year. Travis Konecny took a big step last season, Owen Tippett did, too. As did Morgan Frost and Noah Cates, so there was kind of a shift up front for us last year. Cam York on defense, but most of the switch started on offense, and this year, you had guys like Bobby Brink and Tyson…

Top 100 21 and Under

TOP 100 21 AND UNDER: 1-5

>1. CONNOR BEDARD POS: C | AGE: 18 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (NHL) | DRAFT: 1ST, 2023 (CHI) The time for hype is over. Now, Bedard has to prove he can be the generational talent many have considered him to be for years. His singular offensive gifts – and his shot, in particular – should help ring in a new era in the Windy City. >2. ADAM FANTILLI POS: C | AGE: 18 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (NHL) | DRAFT: 3RD, 2023 (CLB) The reigning Hobey Baker Award winner has NHL size and got a taste of best-on-best action at the 2023 World Championship. Being able to get accustomed to life in the big leagues behind the likes of Johnny Gaudreau, Patrik Laine and Boone Jenner will benefit Fantilli, but expectations remain sky-high. >3. OWEN POWER POS: D | AGE: 20 BUFFALO SABRES…

NHL Team Reports

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

SOMETIMES, A player is drafted by a team, and the stylistic fit is near perfection. Nashville – a.k.a. Smashville – adding the belligerent force that is Kalan Lind at the draft was exactly that. Although Lind hasn’t filled out his frame yet, coming in at 6-foot-2 and less than 160 pounds, he plays the game like he was 50 pounds heavier. The 18-year-old left winger is a heat-seeking missile who plays the hardworking and heavy game that defined Nashville in the early years of Barry Trotz’s coaching career – and that’s especially fitting now that Trotz has returned and taken over as GM. “It’s a great fit with a great team,” Lind said. “I love that my playing style is going to be embraced. It fits the culture here in Nashville. I’ve…

Top 100 21 and Under

TOP 100 21 AND UNDER: 37-42

>37. MALCOLM SPENCE POS: LW | AGE: 17 ERIE OTTERS (OHL) | DRAFT: 2025 When Team Canada needed an overtime goal to win the U-18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup tourney in the summer, it was Spence who stepped up with a breakaway game-winner. A character kid with a pro frame and high-end skills, Spence will be a top NHL selection in 2025 as he helps the Otters rebuild in the OHL. >38. MARCO KASPER POS: C | AGE: 19 GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS (AHL) | DRAFT: 8TH, 2022 (DET) Playing just one late-season NHL game before sustaining a season-ending injury last year was a big disappointment. However, Detroit is happy to wait for his full-time arrival. Kasper plays with an edge and zero fear. Everything he does is with intention, and the slippery Austrian pivot will be a handful…