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01-01-2013, 08:44 AM
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orangeandblack
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Your rankings of the US kids are a little off.

Jack Glover is the best 96 defenseman and should be a first rounder. Wesley should not be ranked that high. Fortunato won't be a first rounder because he's small, but he has the best vision, poise and hockey sense, and is just silky smooth with the puck. He's a top 60 in my opinion.

Id rank the US forwards as follows.

Blake Clarke
Sonny Milano
Nick Schmaltz
Shane Gersich
Chris Wilkie
Dylan Larkin
Connor Chatham
Ryan MacInnis
Kevin LaBanc
Ryan Hitchcock
Alex Tuch
Shane Eiserman
Seamus Malone
Kyle Connor
Keegan Iverson
*Nolan Stevens

IMO, Sonny Milano and Jack Eichel (2015) are 2 of the 5 most skilled kids at the U17s.

Defense is a lot tougher outside of Glover, Anthony DeAngelo and Duncan MacIntyre. Fortunato, Keegan Ford, and Danny Willett might be the best of the smaller guys. Jack Walker has potential for a smaller guy. Then the bigger kids like Josh Jacobs, Aaron Haydon, and Ryan Collins could really turn the corner. Cant count out Josh Wesley's genes either.

The two wild cards are Ryan MacInnis and Nolan Stevens. MacInnis has a lot of potential, he just hasn't grown into his body yet. Nolan Stevens has been hurt all year, but is a big kid, with a ton of skill. Both also have genetics on their side, so its a wait and see.

Goalies its probably only Devin Williams and Thatcher Demko at this point, but goalies are even harder to project.

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