While the Blues' organization is thick with talent, it doesn't have as many youthful future stars as some other clubs. In determining the clubs with the strongest collection of promising young players, SI weighed the depth of each team's prospects in the minors, the juniors, college and Europe, as well as players in the NHL who are 21 years old or less. Here are our top five organizations.
Athletic goaltender Rick DiPietro, the No. 1 draft selection last June, has all the tools, including confidence, to be franchise player.
Have wealth of skilled forwards, led by Czech center Michal Sivek.
They already have three players who are 21 or younger in San Jose; sturdy Jeff Jilson anchors the blue line at Michigan.
Ari Ahonen of Finland is the top goaltender in Europe; New Jersey also has several excellent blueliners playing in its system.
They have three players on the U.S. junior national team; blue-chip defenseman David Tanabe is already in his second NHL season.