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04-28-2013, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackhawks View Post
Not sure what you mean by "right now" but in terms of readiness to contribute to the NHL and I have watched 15+ AHL games which may not mean much but my evaluation is very different and many might not agree but here goes:

1. Smith/Labah (Smith has been on a tear lately and is most ready IMO)
2. Morin/Hayes (Will benefit from some NHL time and are almost ready)
3. Pirri (Still lacks intensity when without the puck / lazy on the back check)
4. Clendening/Stanton (Clen needs D work/Stan ready for #6 D roll and still 23)
5. Teravainen (Just a guess as I cant evaluate what I cant see)
6. Denault (from what I saw the 2 games watched not ready yet but still young)
7. McNeil (Same as Denault)
I like to rank prospects based on a mix of talent/upside and risk of reaching said upside.

For instance, Danault and McNeill both have lower ceilings than Pirri (fringe 2nd line/quality 3rd liners vs. quality top-6 forward), but both are far more likely to reach their projections, therefore they go ahead of Pirri. Teravainen has the highest upside, a potential 1st line winger, outweighing most reasonable risk of never being an NHLer (which, I doubt happens).. etc.

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