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12-31-2012, 08:03 PM
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The Hockey News "Future Watch" 2013 Discussion

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It's getting to be that time of year again. We're approximately 6 weeks from the magazine getting shipped out to subscribers (then on newsstands early March), so I'd imagine they will start working on it soon. They do the majority of the write-ups immediately after the WJC.

Remember, age doesn't matter when it comes to Future Watch. As long as the player isn't considered an NHL regular at the time of printing, they're considered a prospect for FW. This is why sometimes you'll see a player who is 24 or 25 on a teams list.

edit: It appears as though young NHL players (such as Tarasenko, Yakupov, Galchenyuk) will appear on this years list, due to the messy lockout situation.

To remind everyone: Each teams list is provided by a member of the actual organization, whether it be a scout, GM, assistant GM, etc..

Anyone want to take a stab at the top 5 or 10 prospects overall this year? Top 5 for your team?

Straight from the magazine on how the rankings are determined:

It starts with The Hockey News consulting with each NHL team to determine an order of the top prospects in that organization. Once a master list of 30 top 10's is established, we ask the talent evaluators to rank the top 50 prospects from the 300 candidates with a five to ten year projected outlook. 15 scouts participated in this year's exercise and a spreadsheet does the number crunching. The voting system is weighted to give the top 10 prospects sequentially more balloting points than those prospects ranked 11-50.

edit: February 22nd:

Just got my digital copy through zinio. Print copy should arrive any day!

Dougie Hamilton on the cover.

Top 10 prospects:

1. Vladimir Tarasenko
2. Justin Schultz
3. Evgeni Kuznetsov
4. Dougie Hamilton
5. Nail Yakupov
6. Alex Galchenyuk
7. Mikael Granlund
8. Johnathan Huberdeau
9. Ryan Murray
10. Jacob Trouba

Just a reminder, we have to be careful with the posting of information, as it is copyrighted. So, please don't ask for so and so's top 10, or the top 50 prospects etc.. If you're interested, I'd recommend picking up a copy, or buying it's only a few bucks.

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