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5 Most Promising NHL Farm Systems

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 06: Carter Hart #79 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Wells Fargo Center on April 06, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Carolina Hurricanes v Philadelphia Flyers | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The NHL has become an extremely young league, with some of the biggest names in hockey entering the 2019-2020 season still in their early 20's. Some teams' prospect pools are superior to others and these five are the best the NHL has to offer.

5. Anaheim Ducks

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JUNE 21: Trevor Zegras poses for a portrait after being selected ninth overall by the Anaheim Ducks during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)
2019 NHL Draft - Portraits | Kevin Light/Getty Images

The Anaheim Ducks have a very good farm system, that should produce quality NHL players in the 2019-2020 season. Their 2019 first-round pick, Trevor Zegras is extremely talented, while mature prospects such as Troy Terry, Sam Steel and Max Comtois are ready to take the next step and be consistent NHL players next season.

4. Philadelphia Flyers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JUNE 21: Cam York poses for a portrait after being selected fourteenth overall by the Philadelphia Flyers  during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)
2019 NHL Draft - Portraits | Kevin Light/Getty Images

First round pick Cam York is a talented defenseman and Carter Hart has now proven that he can be an everyday goalie. Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Jay York, Isaac Ratcliffe and Noah Cates all wait in the wings as well, proving the Flyers farm system is as deep as any.

3. New York Rangers

KOSICE, SLOVAKIA - MAY 21: Kaapo Kakko of Finland skates against Germany during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia group A game between Finland and Germany at Steel Arena on May 21, 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Finland v Germany: Group A - 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia | Martin Rose/Getty Images

The second overall pick in Kaapo Kakko boosted the Rangers already impressive farm system that has Lias Andersson, Vitali Kravtsov, Adam Fox, K'Andre Miller, Nils Lundqvist, Igor Shesterkin, Ryan Lindgren and Libor Hajek as well. New York is loaded with young talent, a lot of whom will get a shot at the 2019 roster.

2. Colorado Avalanche

DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 06: Cale Makar #8 of the Colorado Avalanche skates the puck away from Barclay Goodrow #23 of the San Jose Sharks in the second period during Game Six of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on May 6, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
San Jose Sharks v Colorado Avalanche - Game Six | Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Impactful in the few playoff games we saw him play in, Cale Makar headlines an impressive amount of young talent in the Avalanche's system. Their prospect pool also features Martin Kaut, Connor Timmins, Vladislav Kamenev, as well as 2019 draft picks Bowen Byram and Alex Newhook. Yes, they are absolutely loaded.

1. Ottawa Senators

VICTORIA , BC - DECEMBER 29: Samuel Ersson #30 and Erik Brannstrom #12 of Sweden react following a third period goal by Ryan Poehling #11 of the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championships at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on December 29, 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)
Sweden v United States - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship | Kevin Light/Getty Images

Acquiring Josh Norris and Erik Brannstrom via trades gave the Ottawa Senators two really good prospects to top their already impressive farm system. They also have Drake Batherson, Filip Gustavsson, Logan Brown, Alex Formenton and 2019 first round selection Lassi Thomson. They have a deeply talented prospect pool with a promising future.