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Top 75 Prospects from Hockey News

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:02 am
by mattola
Top 75 Prospects (we have 3 of those. nice)

1. Erik Johnson
2. Jonathan Toews
3. Nicklas Backstrom
4. Jack Johnson
5. Carey Price
6. Marc Staal
7. Peter Mueller
8. Kyle Okposo
9. Luc Bourdon
10. Kris Letang
11. Bobby Ryan
12. Derick Brassard
13. Cam Barker
14. Tuukka Rask
15. Leland Irving
16. Steve Downie
17. Drew Stafford
18. T.J. Oshie
19. Michael Frolik
20. Benoit Pouliot
21. Ryan Parent
22. Eric Fehr
23. Jiri Tlusty
24. Jonathan Bernier
25. Jakub Kindl
26. Kris Russell
27. Cody Franson
28. Justin Pogge
29. Andrew Cogliano
30. Martin Hanzal
31. Bryan Little
32. Bobby Sanguinetti
33. Jack Skille
34. Dustin Boyd
35. Blake Wheeler
36. Simeon Varlamov
37. Chris Stewart
38. Cory Schneider
39. Matt Lashoff
40. James Sheppard
41. Riku Helenius
42. Josh Harding
43. Marc-Antonie Pouliot
44. Claude Giroux
45. Andrei Kostitsyn
46. Nick Foligno
47. Mark Stuart
48. Noah Welch
49. Nicklas Bergfors
50. Keith Yandle
51. Andrej Sekera
52. Brian Lee
53. Patrick O'Sullivan
54. Al Montoya
55. Trevor Lewis
56. Devin Setoguchi
57. Patrik Berglund
58. Dan Paille
59. Alexandre Picard
60. Ondrej Pavelec
61. Ty Wishart
62. Ben Bishop
63. Ryan Stoa
64. Michael Grabner
65. Mark Mitera
66. Rob Schremp
67. Ryan Callahan
68. Michael Blunden
69. James Neal
70. Marek Schwarz
71. James Howard
72. Darren Helm
73. Matt Niskanen
74. Devan Dubnyk
75. Artem Anisimov

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:37 pm
by Momesso
IMO the HF Futurewatch rankings always have me scratching my head, but they are as good as any list, I suppose. They always seem to go hard on the AHL guys and overweight WJC performances.

Happy to see Grabner on that list, though I'd put my money on Mason Raymond being the better NHLer seeing as how well he's played in the WCHA this year. Niskanen (his teammate) is on the list at 73, tho.

Kind of surprised to see Bourdon that high, but that's great. No Edler or Koltsov either. IMHO Edler is probably our most NHL ready prospect?

I'm also kind of surprised to see how low Bryan Little, Montoya, and Brian Lee were ranked. And Irving and Bernier seem a bit high. Junior goalies, no matter how good they seem to look in the CHL, are still a crapshoot to be good in the NHL (or even the AHL). Goalies seem the toughest to rank. I remember a few years ago everyone saying Ari Ahonen was going to push Brodeur for his job, LOL.

More often than not, though, their top 10 do become sure-fire productive NHLers. I remember them having Klesla as #1 one year (ahead of Heatley and Gaborik), but I'm just nitpicking....