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[#1] HFStars 2012 Top-20 Prospects - Discussion Only

Welcome back sports fans for another installment of our annual summer prospect rankings!

We're going to do things a little bit differently this year. I want to try a new format that switches up the order in which we discuss a particular spot in the rankings and when we actually vote on that spot. In past years I'd just put up the initial #1 poll and everyone would vote away immediately. Instead of doing that I thought we could have a discussion first and then after everyone has said their piece, we'll vote.

I believe this will make for both a better debate and better results as everyone will have a chance to state their case rather than just explaining why they voted a certain way after the fact. The top spot always generates the most discussion so this will stay open for a couple of days.

Subsequently, when the poll for #1 is posted that accompanying thread will be used to discuss the next spot, and so on. The #2 poll will discuss the #3 prospect, #3 poll will discuss #4, etc.

And what a competition it will be. I can't remember ever having a deeper and better field of possible contenders to be crowned our best prospect. There's no clear cut choice this time and not even a clear triumvirate as has been the case in recent summers.

You've got the returning #1 in Campbell (Yes, I'm still bitter about Larsen not being voted #1), the high pick Glennie, the new arrival and NHL-ready Eakin, the all-around up-and-comer Chiasson, the brand new and exciting Faksa, the beast Oleksiak, and even perhaps R. Smith all in the running.

It's quite the group, and the strength of the overall pool continues right on through #20 and beyond. I've already made my preliminary personal Top-20 (which I won't share right now because I don't want to bias the results) and it was extremely hard to fit in everyone I wanted. I kept switching the order over and over.

I honestly believe this is the best group of prospects this franchise has ever had. Bright days are ahead.

A few housekeeping notes: Larsen, Vincour, and Bachman will all be considered graduated and will not be eligible to be voted on. I have no exact games-played cut-off like HF uses, it's just my call based on whether I feel like those guys are NHLers or prospects. They're NHLers.

For reference here are last year's final results (pretty good except for the omission of Stransky) :

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pos.
country
acquired
round
change
% of vote
1
 ‏‏‏‏Jack Campbell
G
2010
1st
0
48.7
2
 ‏‏‏‏Philip Larsen
D
2008
5th
0
44.4
3
 ‏‏‏‏Scott Glennie
C
2009
1st
0
50.0
4
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Jamie Oleksiak
D
2011
1st
new
45.0
5
 ‏‏‏‏Alex Chiasson
RW
2009
2nd
1
71.4
6
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Richard Bachman
G
2006
4th
0
29.7
7
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Tomas Vincour
RW
2009
5th
2
44.7
8
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Patrik Nemeth
D
2010
2nd
0
72.4
9
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Reilly Smith
RW
2009
3rd
4
67.7
10
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏John Klingberg
D
2010
5th
6
62.5
11
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Tyler Beskorowany
G
2008
2nd
1
40.6
12
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Brenden Dillon
D
2011
FA
new
51.4
13
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Brett Ritchie
RW
2011
2nd
new
70.3
14
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Troy Vance
D
2011
5th
new
33.3
15
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Emil Molin
C
2011
4th
new
36.6
16
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Colton Sceviour
F
2007
4th
7
32.0
17
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Jyrki Jokipakka
D
2011
7th
new
40.0
18
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Matt Fraser
LW
2010
FA
new
46.1
19
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Curtis McKenzie
LW
2009
6th
8
50.0
20
 ‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏Hubert Labrie
D
2009
FA
1
56.6

Alright, you guys have the floor. Who's our #1 prospect and why?

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