Originally Posted by LadyByngJeanRatelle
Hey guys, just wondering what's going on with Petr Kanko? In the summer he was ranked top 5 for your prospects, now I see some new lists with him 14th (?). Has he really stunk it up this year with Manchester? I always thought of him as a great 3rd line type player (checker/agitator/sometime scorer). Does he get any ice time, or has he been just given 4th line duties? Thanks.
Well, my own list clearly does not reflect what most think :) Most would probably have Grebeshkov over Gleason, and Munce as the top goaltending prospect over the rest.
But I'll explain why some of the players are ranked ahead of Kanko. I'll ignore Brown, Grebeshkov, Gleason, Tukonen, and Cammalleri, because they rank higher or aren't included in the top prospects list.
Pushkarev - In his draft year during the WJC, he scored as many goals as Ovechkin; we weren't sure how he'd translate to the North American style, but he plays gritty, and I've read nothing but good things about him.
Tambellini - I'm buying the "he put up bad numbers due to injury" excuse. I've also read that he is a good leader.
Marty Guerin - Prior to his injury, he put up awesome numbers in college. He also put up solid numbers last season. An absolute steal as a 9th rounder, who was projected to go in the 3rd round.
Noah Clarke - Another 9th rounder who is panning out really well. He had a nice debut with the Kings, played well in college, and continues to put up good numbers in Manchester.
Richard Petiot - Stay-at-home defenseman get underrated because of the few numbers they put up. But, he plays a physical game that, in my opinion, has more value than what I think Kanko will bring.
Yannick Lehoux - His history is pretty bad, and maybe I'm overrating him because of one season, but he's been phenomenal this year; and from what I've read, he's improved every aspect of his game.
Paul Baier - It was a tough call to put him ahead of Kanko. He had a good prospects camp, though, and sounds like one day he could be like Visnovsky.
Greg Hogeboom - I wrote in the thread you cited that he could turn out to be a poor man's Conroy; solid two-way physical play. His numbers in Manchester aren't great this season, and yes, he was another tough call to put ahead of Kanko.
Kanko has put up good numbers in the OHL and last season. This season, he's putting up good numbers and is a great agitator. I'm by no means saying that he's a bad prospect. I just think, as time progresses, we'll see his numbers go down more and more, and his PIMs go up and up, like Laperriere.