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The Kids are All Right: ESPN Ranks Florida Panthers Prospects Numero Uno

Kidshall Just a quick post from the road: ESPN.com came out with a ranking of the NHL's top prospect pool today and lo and behold, the Florida Panthers are atop the list.

The Panthers, who have been near the bottom of the NHL standings for the past two seasons, rank ahead of Edmonton for best youngins in the league.

Here is the link to the story, although to get past the first few, you need to be an ESPN Insider.

Guds Obviously, Florida's biggest names are third overall picks Erik Gudbranson (2010) and Jonathan Huberdeau (2011).

But when you start going through the players Dale Tallon and Co. have assembled in the past two years, things obviously start looking up. Quinton Howden, Alex Petrovic, Rocco Grimaldi and Nick Bjugstad -- just to name a few -- could be making an impact for the Panthers in the coming years.

And then there are players like Jacob Markstrom and Dmitry Kulikov who were acquired by previous regimes who will -- or are in Kulikov's case -- poised to make an impact on the big team.

So things seem to be on the upswing. It's understandable for some who find it hard to get too excited, however, based on the organization's past.

But the new crew seems to be shedding that skin by the day. The sun is definitely shining in Sunrise.