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01-01-2013, 02:57 PM
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A lot of guys have had down years and have to be falling off the list. Irving, Nemisz, Brossoit, Granlund, Ferland have all had disappointing season thus far. Guys like Howse and Aliu probably shouldn't even be in the top 20 anymore.

Wotherspoon is most certainly top 10 now with his season in the Dub and performance at the WJC. Jon Gillies has had a phenomenal year for Providence posting some of the best NCAA stats as a freshman. Ryan Culkin has been terrific offensively for the Remparts. Matt Deblouw has had a strong freshman year as well, very impressive for a seventh rounder.

I'd re-rank them as:

1. Bartschi
- obvious
2. Brodie - The few games I've seen him play for the Heat he has been an absolute treat. His skating is phenomenal and his ability to move the puck seems even more effortless than before.
3. Gaudreau - Improving on what were already impressive stats. There's a good chance that he wins the Hobey Baker. Slow start at the WJC but seems to be gaining traction.
4. Reinhart - He's been quite unlucky in terms of scoring. Defensive workhorse and an extremely smart player. Big factor in the Heat being number one penalty killing team in the AHL.
5. Horak - Great start but he has cooled off along with the rest of the Heat team. Solid defensively and a nose for the net, he's probably ready for a third line role in the NHL.
6. Jankowski - Jankowski has been okay. His production gets a pass for now because of his team and his inexperience playing at a high level. Next year will give us a much better indication of the kind of player Jankowski is capable of being.
7. Wotherspoon - The guy has shredded his previous offensive totals for the Portland Winterhawks. He beat out some very good defensemen to land a spot on the WJC team and he has been a PK workhorse for them.
8. Bill Arnold - Does all the little things for BC. Two way, no quit centerman, which I feel we lack. I doubt he turns pro next year so we might have to wait a bit for him.
9. Sieloff - A throwback defensemen; he's a devastating hitter. I can't wait for him to become an everyday NHL'er. Will be nice to see after years of Bouwmeester, Butler, etc. Was hoping for a little more offensive upside, but it' still early.
10. Culkin - Great performance thus far. Reminds me of Brodie in that he's offensively gifted, but his speed and intelligence make him effective in his own end as well.
11. Irving - No idea what the plan is for him. He isn't getting starts and that's a concern. That being said, if the season is saved, he's still likely the go-to guy to be Kipper's backup.
12. Gillies - The perfect freshman campaign thus far. Couldn't have asked for more.
13. Granlund - Regressing in HIFK without his brother. He's put up points at the WJC championship, but the Finnish fans haven't been too impressed. We'll have to wait until he comes over to get a better indication of where he's at.
14. Byron - Everything about him is 'meh.' Not skilled enough to play in the top 6, and still too small to be consistent in a checking role.
15. Ortio - He has been the only bright spot on a terrible HIFK team. He has, to an extent, redeemed himself and I hope he gives it one more shot in North America next year (and so do the Flames).
15. Brossoit - His star is falling, fast! He's getting outplayed by his backup in Edmonton. I was hoping he could turn pro next year, but he definitely needs to play an overage season.
16. Ferland - Also a prospect who's falling. Bar fight troubles and conditioning issues led him to being a bottom six guy in the ECHL. He's in the WHL once again but he needs to show up to camp in terrific shape next year to have any sort of a chance.
17. Ramage - You hear almost nothing about this guy. Wouldn't be surprised if he went the way of Joey Leach (as in, the Flames don't sign him). He doesn't seem to have much upside, and that's the reason the Flames cut Leach loose.
18. DeBlouw - Awesome freshman campaign for a seventh rounder. His offensive production is rather surprising considering he's a defensive/faceoff specialist. A unique prospect, and I'm interested to see how he progresses.
19. Bouma - Likely out for the season. Tops out as a fourth liner, but he's a great shot blocker and team guy.
20. Aliu - Not sure how the organization values him. Passionate guy, and could be a fourth line **** disturber. I don't think any of our other prospects/players possess that quality.

Breen (supposedly he's taken big steps in his game. He's a lot meaner and nastier).
Kulak (he plays on a terrible team and thus his numbers aren't quite as nice and sparkly)

Wahl (Actually doing quite well in the ECHL but the Flames don't seem to want to give him a chance, even on the offensively challenged Heat)
Nemisz (zero points in thirteen games and he is slower than molasses. He doesn't play mean either. Hopefully the Flames don't bother qualifying him. It think it's time to move on). I can see people not agreeing with this one but I just don't see him filling any role period. Not a **** disturber like Aliu, not a shot blocker like Bouma.

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