It's too early to start to name any winners from the last couple of drafts -- call me back in three to five years. That said, some teams have prospects in the pipeline whose stock has taken a significant spike up since their selection. According to a sample of NHL scouts contacted this week, nobody fared better than San Jose in getting good value from their picks.
(For our purposes here, we're leaving aside players from the last two drafts who are already playing in the NHL. This isn't the forum to compare the relative merits of, say, John Tavares and Matt Duchene or Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Jeff Skinner. In designating someone a prospect, we'll open the door to a player who might have had an emergency call-up or played in a couple of NHL games, but not any young guy who has drawn a NHL paycheck on a regular basis.
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