1) David Rundblad (NR) Acquired in a pre-season trade for Tim Erixon, Rundblad has had a historic season in the SEL. His 41 points are not only third in the league, but easily the highest total ever for a defenceman under 25. While Erixonâ€™s all-round game may end up superior, Rundblad gives the Canucks the impact upside they need. 2) Jake Allen (3) Since a disappointing WJC in 2010, Allen has been lights out. He won CHL Goalie of the Year last season, and was a starter at the AHL All-Star game as a rookie, wrestling starting minutes away from Ben Bishop. He continues to thrive statistically, easily out-pacing the other top goalies from the 2008 draft in Markstrom, McCollum and Pickard. 3) Luke Adam (9) Another AHL All-star as a rookie, Adamâ€™s quick adjustment to pro hockey is the reason he jumps up the rankings. Saw time in the NHL and did not look out of place. His skating continues to improve, but Iâ€™m not convinced heâ€™s a center going forward. 4) Jeff Petry (4) Recently demoted after a 20-odd game tour in Edmonton, Petry would have played in the AHL All-star game as a rookie if not for the call-up. Played very well in Edmonton, at times logging big minutes. His skating is world-class and rest of Petryâ€™s game has transitioned nicely. 5) Kyle Palmieri (6) Yet another AHL-All-star, Palmieri is maybe the most surprising. Only a 19-year old rookie professional, Palmieri struggled last year in college, but has thrived in 2010-11. Was good at the WJC, capable in a call-up to Anaheim, and strong all year in the AHL. Has also not been arrested yet. Good year so far. 6) Mattias Ekholm (15) The biggest riser of the top prospects, Ekholmâ€™s season in Sweden has been almost as impressive as Rundbladâ€™s. A rookie in the SEL, heâ€™s got 28 points (and is more of a defense-first player) and will almost assuredly take away Top Rookie honours. Heâ€™s a near lock for the World Championships as well. 7) Beau Bennett (1) Bennett drops from first only because everybody else above him has had an outstanding season. He struggled out of the gate as a freshman at Denver, but has been solid for a while now, scoring around a point per game since the first ten games. 8) Alexander Urbom (8) Urbom has not had the banner year like some of the other Swedish defenceman and AHL rookies, with only average play on a poor team in Lowell since breaking camp in New Jersey. Probably not a top end guy, but he has all the tools to play on a second pairing for a long-time. 9) Max Sauve (NR) Acquired recently from Dallas for a package including prospect Ryan Bourque and Brian Connelly, Sauve is another first year pro who has acquitted himself well. His skating is already NHL-calibre, and with more strength he could be ready soon. Injuries are a concern, but he has shown dynamic goal scoring ability in flashes so far. 10) Justin Braun (NR) A free agent college signing, Justin â€˜Donâ€™t Call Me Bieberâ€™ Braun has been an offensive revelation. He has consistently put up points at the AHL level, including at the All-star game, but more impressively put up 9 points in 15 games in San Jose. The size, skill and shot are already NHL-calibre, and the defence should catch up. 11) Justin Faulk (12) Last summerâ€™s first round pick, Faulk has exceeded all expectations as a freshman at Minnesota-Duluth. With 22 points in 28 games, he is one of the better scoring blueliners, and performed well at the WJC. 12) Richard Bachman (17) The least heralded of the clubâ€™s four goaltending prospects coming into the season, Bachman has been close to Jake Allenâ€™s equal. Took Brent Krahnâ€™s starting job and has run with it. Between Kari Lehtonen and Jack Campbell though, may be in the wrong organization. 13) Jussi Rynnas (NR) It has been a very up and down season for Rynnas. He was poor to start, then absolutely unreal for a stretch, and now he is hurt. Hopefully his November numbers (1.33 GAA, .957 SV%) are a sign of things to come. Very raw talent between the pipes. 14) Harri Sateri (10) Sateri struggled at the beginning of the year, losing his starting job early, only to reclaim it by Christmas. He has been very strong since, and will probably move to the AHL next year. Already signed by San Jose. 15) Jerry Dâ€™Amigo (11) After a banner 2009-10 season, Dâ€™Amigo left college to play in the AHL as a 19-year old. Unlike Palmieri he struggled to score, and it seemed to affect his play at the WJC. A recent re-assignment to the OHL has rejuvenated him though, and a deep playoff run will help salvage a tough year. 16) Philippe Paradis (19) Already on his third NHL organization, Paradis has taken a step forward offensively in the QMJHL, but is still not the elite scorer he could be. Reviews of his play are strong though, and his size and strength suggest he could be a better pro than junior. 17) Maxim Chudinov (NR) With 20 points as a 20-year old, Chudinov has put up rare numbers for a blueliner in the KHL. A late draft pick by Boston last year, Chudinov plays with an edge and has the skill to back it up. If he comes over at the right time, could turn into a real player. 18) William Wrenn (14) Taken a few picks after Dâ€™Amigo in the 2009 HFNHL Draft, Wrennâ€™s season (and likely career) turned around at about the same time when he as well moved to the CHL. He received little icetime at Denver, but has stepped in as maybe the top blueliner for a Portland team which could be the best in the WHL. 19) Tommy Wingels (NR) After making the Sharks out of training camp, Wingels has been up a few times but has spent most of the year in the AHL. The scoring has only been so-so, but Wingels still profiles as a smart two-way player. 20) Daultan Leveille (16) An NHL first rounder, Leveille only turned 20 recently but is already a junior in college. His production has yet to bust out, even though reviews are relatively strong. Needs a strong senior year though to make something of himself. HM: David Warsofsky â€“ Pint-sized blueliner is one of the NCAAâ€™s best. Plays bigger than he is. Justin Holl â€“ Has fared decently as a freshman at Minnesota. Raw skill and size combo. Brandon Archibald â€“ An underwhelming season for Archibald, even after a trade to contending Saginaw. Mike Hoffman â€“ A solid first pro season for Hoffman. Could breakout next year. Mitch Callahan â€“ A great story, Callahan already has an NHL deal and played well at the WJC. Overachiever. Nick Crawford â€“ Could hit 30 points as rookie blueliner in AHL. No standout quality. Brent Regner â€“ Struggled to find time on deep AHL blueline. Playing better now. David McIntyre â€“ Bright light on terrible Lowell team. Skating and effort could make him NHLer. Austin Levi â€“ Stay-at-home type has been solid in OHL and is on US WJC radar for next year.