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  • #31
    Originally posted by matchesmalone View Post
    Decided to make a list of the top 25 NHL-drafted prospects.

    1. Cale Makar, D, Colorado Avalanche - His numbers in NCAA at 20 are simply ridiculous. Maybe not a sure bet, but his potential is unlimited.
    2. Barrett Hayton, C, Arizona Coyotes - May well end up a 19-23 minute a game type of guy.
    3. Kristian Vesalainen, LW, Winnipeg Jets.
    4. Erik Brannstrom, D, Ottawa Senators - High chances he'll be a perennial 50 point per year, 25 minute per game defenseman.
    5. Quinn Hughes, D, Vancouver Canucks - Better offensive upside than Brannstrom perhaps, but not as polished or as proven at higher levels.
    6. Thatcher Demko, G, Vancouver Canucks - Has been elite at every level. I will be surprised if he doesn't end up one of the best goalies in the NHL at some point.
    7. Drake Batherson, RW, Ottawa Senators - A year ago he wouldn't have made my top 50, but a 20 year old rookie putting up numbers like he is in the AHL this year is unusual.
    8. Aleksi Heponieni, C, Florida Panthers - After he was among the top scorers in WHL at 18, he returned to Finland to be one of the top scorers in SM Liiga at 19. Also tied for the scoring lead at World Juniors. I haven't been paying attention to what the "experts" say about prospects, but I have a feeling kid is gonna fly under the radar. Don't sleep on him.
    9. Cody Glass, C, Vegas Golden Knights.
    10. Maxime Comtois, LW, Anaheim Ducks
    11. Eeli Tolvanen, LW, Nashville Predators - A year ago he might have been in the top five. Having an off-year but his upside is still tremendous.
    12. Adin Hill, G, Arizona Coyotes - A 6'6, 22 year old goalie who already has three solid AHL seasons under his belt and has performed respectably in a handful of NHL appearances this year.
    13. Vitali Kravtsov, RW, New York Rangers.
    14. Logan Brown, C, Ottawa Senarors - It was tough to get a read on him as a junior prospect, but this year he's one of the highest scoring 20 year old AHL rookies. What sets Brown apart from Kyrou or Dube is that he's 6'6.
    15. Jake Oettinger - G, Dallas Stars - Still too young to get much of a read on for a goalie, but he was a rare first round pick, and hasn't done anything to hurt his pedigree since his draft.
    16. Filip Zadina, LW, Detroit Red Wings - He hasn't been bad, but I'm less excited about him now than I was a year ago.
    17. Eric Comrie, G, Winnipeg Jets.
    18. Josh Norris, C, Ottawa Senators.
    19. Evan Bouchard, D, Edmonton Oilers.
    20. Adam Boqvist, D, Chicago Blackhawks.
    21 Juuso Valimaki, D, Calgary Flames.
    22. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, G, Buffalo Sabres.
    23. Alex Nedeljkovic, G, Carolina Hurricanes.
    24. Martin Necas, C, Carolina Hurricanes.
    25. Emil Bemstrom, C, Columbus Blue Jackets.
    Great list. If I had to make one addition at each position, these would be my choices (no idea who I would remove though):

    F - Morgan Frost, Philadelphia Flyers
    D - Henri Jokiharju, Chicago Blackhawks
    G - Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers

    Looking at the lists, teams with more than one entry:

    Arizona - Hayton and Hill
    Carolina - Nedeljkovic and Necas
    Chicago - Boqvist and Jokiharju
    Ottawa - Brannstrom, Batherson, Brown, and Norris (maybe a bit of bias here)
    Philadelphia - Frost and Hart
    Vancouver - Hughes amd Demko
    Winnipeg - Vesalainen and Comrie

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Josh View Post

      Great list. If I had to make one addition at each position, these would be my choices (no idea who I would remove though):

      F - Morgan Frost, Philadelphia Flyers
      D - Henri Jokiharju, Chicago Blackhawks
      G - Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers

      Looking at the lists, teams with more than one entry:

      Arizona - Hayton and Hill
      Carolina - Nedeljkovic and Necas
      Chicago - Boqvist and Jokiharju
      Ottawa - Brannstrom, Batherson, Brown, and Norris (maybe a bit of bias here)
      Philadelphia - Frost and Hart
      Vancouver - Hughes amd Demko
      Winnipeg - Vesalainen and Comrie
      Great observations all around. 25th seems way too low for Bemstrom in my books though.

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      • #33
        Was a pretty spur-the-moment thing. Not as much time and care went into this list as some others. One of the main problems was I didn't clearly decide or define what constitutes a prospect. But yeah, Jokiharju and Hart weren't oversights. I figured they had played too many games. That may not have been the right decision.

        Frost was one that I had trouble leaving off, but I actually think less so than Jordan Kyrou and Dillon Dubé. I just find it hard to get excited about 19 year old prospects lighting up junior. Obviously this is somewhat flawed thinking, because of course there are elite prospects in junior... just they're a lot harder to pick out. And a lot of my impressions for this list were based on this past world juniors, so some Finns definitely get a boost, and Canadian prospects suffer (see: Bouchard).

        True Bemstrom is probably too low. Maybe a bit of Sens bias, but I dunno. I've been pretty clear about my thoughts on Brannstrom before he was a Sen. Look at AHL stats for the past 15 years, the numbers Batherson is doing at his age are very unusual. Really the only other examples are the ones I always point at as paradigm cases: Pastrnak, Kucherov, Rantanen, plus a few more. Josh Norris was one of the best players at World Juniors. The one I'm least sure about is Logan Brown, but he does seem to have a lot of tools.

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        • #34
          In retrospect, the weirdest thing about the list is that there are 6 goalies and 6 defensemen.

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          • #35
            To clarify the point I made about Batherson, here are the players who have put up more than a couple points better than a point per game under 21 in the AHL, the asterisks mark players who were not rookies to the AHL:

            Dillon Dubé (so far this season), Mikko Rantanen, William Nylander*, David Pastrnak, Ryan Strome, Kyle Palmieri*, Luke Adam, Logan Couture, David Krejci, Alex Radulov (18 in 11), Patrick O'Sullivan.

            Maybe Dubé should be pretty high up on the list as well. Based on this list there is a roughly 90% chance Dubé or Batherson makes the league, and at least a 50% chance they'll be really good players.
            Last edited by matchesmalone; 03-13-2019, 12:41 AM.

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