The Vancouver Canucks had 25 players appear in at least 12 games last season. Only one of them -- forward Jordan Schroeder -- was a draft pick by the team since 2005.
A long run of success (10 Stanley Cup Playoff berths in 12 seasons) meant a talented roster was tough to crack. The resulting late first-round picks made it more difficult to find a top-level prospect able to break through.
That is about to change.
"Well, we have to; we don't have a choice," general manager Mike Gillis said.
Vancouver enters this training camp proclaiming there are vacancies on its roster for prospects, though maybe not as many as the brass makes it seem.
"We have some kids that are knocking on the door," new coach John Tortorella said. "We want to give them every opportunity to try to crack this lineup.
"We have to be careful in how we develop them; they need to go through the process of understanding what it is to be a pro. If we feel it's hurting them, then they'll go to the minors and play. But we're going to give them every opportunity because I think that's how you create the enthusiasm, that's how you build your team to be competitive for a long time with the [salary-cap] world. ... You need some youth in your lineup."
Here's a look at Vancouver's top 10 prospects, according to NHL.com: