2011 Mid-Season Prospect Poll: Who's #4?
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03-07-2011, 12:51 PM
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Should we say then that the CHL 2011 #1 ranked D is a better prospect by using the same criteria?
At this junction in his career Crawford is defenetly better than Both and Schiestel is an AHL allstar.
Older, yes. Better, maybe. Crawford's a nice example. He steadily improved after being drafted, was one of the best offensive defensemen in the OHL last year, and seems to be holding his own as a rookie pro. McNabb has developed too and has size and physical qualities that suggest he'll be a more impactful pro.
Based on his play, I'm believe he'll be better in the AHL next year than Crawford is this year. Maybe even better than Crawford next year. Pysyk has made similar strides to McNabb, but since he doesn't have the size and physical play, he's probably more similar to Crawford in terms of developmental curve.
These lists are still about projecting prospects to the NHL level. It's variable how much projection people use and what criteria they pick. Personally, I'm excited that Schiestel took a big step and Crawford is an AHL regular as a rookie, but I'm not going to give them too much credit simply because they are older. If McNabb wasn't killing it in the WHL for instance, I'd be more wary of his prospects, same with Pysyk. They may stall as minor leaguers, same as with Crawford, Schiestel, Brennan or Adam for that matter. Obviously, that's why the projection part is so difficult but it shouldn't be ignored simply because some players are older and have already made it to the AHL.
Do you seriously think that the #1 CHL player wouldn't be the top prospect in this organization.
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