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02-18-2013, 10:50 AM
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It's about to get real up in here: prospect rankings from 2007-08

Let's settle this Jakub Kindl business once and for all. If you go back to the very first prospect ranking archive Matt has over at RWC you can see that Jimmy Howard was our #1 prospect. And I think most would agree that Howard has earned that ranking. Howard's accomplishments:
  • First Griffin to make All-AHL rookie team
  • Set GR franchise record with 12 straight wins
  • Was an AHL All-Star
  • Calder finalist in the NHL
  • NHL All Star
  • Played in over 200 NHL games and 28 playoff games

#2 on that list was Jakub Kindl. What has Kindl done since then?
  • AHL All-Star
  • Appeared in 115 NHL games
  • 0 playoff appearances

But wait, it gets better. Look at all the guys on that prospect list who have or are about to pass up Kindl.

#3 Justin Abdelkader (224 NHL games, 37 playoff games)
#4 Cory Emmerton (88 NHL games, 5 playoff games)
#5 Brendan Smith (22 NHL games)
#8 Jonathan Ericsson (244 NHL games, 50 playoff games)
#9 Kyle Quincey (272 NHL games, 24 playoff games)
#10 Darren Helm (249 NHL games, 65 playoff games)

Hey, that was way back 5 years ago. Have any other guys passed Kindl up since then? Probably not right?

2008-09 rankings
#17 Gus Nyquist (Hobey Baker finalist, point a game player in GR)
2009-10 rankings
#3 Tomas Tatar (looking very difficult to leave out of the DRW lineup)


Kindl was removed from the prospect rankings following the 2009-10 season. So in a span of three seasons, he had 8 guys who were ranked beneath him surpass him in the organization's depth chart. And I didn't even include Jan Mursak, who was guaranteed a roster spot but has never been able to do much due to constantly being injured.

What if we look at guys who have made the top 20 since Kindl moved on from the prospect rankings? What would that look like? It's tough to say other than for guys who are dominating at the AHL level, something Kindl was never able to do.

2010-11 rankings

#20 Petr Mrazek

Knock knock knock. Who's there? Brian Lashoff? What does Babs have to say about Brian Lashoff?

Quote:
Outstanding. He’s just smart, he’s big. He’s big and he’s smart, so because you’re big and you’re smart and you’re competitive, you get to play lots. So good for him.” — Babcock (February 2013, MLive.com)
Is Mike Babcock to blame for Kindl getting passed up over the past 5 years by damn near a dozen prospects rated lower than Jakub? Is Ken Holland to blame? Please let me know because for the life of me I cannot understand why Kindl hasn't locked down a spot on the worst defense we've had in over 20 years. There must be an answer that I am missing.


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