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09-28-2006, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by turnbuckle View Post
Updated rankings (IMO):

1A) Guillaume Latendresse
1B) Andrei Kostitsyn
3.) Carey Price
4.) Kyle Chipchura
5.) David Fischer
6.) Alexi Emelin
7.) Mikhail Grabovsky
8.) Ryan O'Byrne
9.) Ben Maxwell
10.)Sergei Kostitsyn
11.) Maxim Lapierre
12.) Matt D'Agostini
13.) Jaroslav Halak
14.) Mathieu Carle
15.) Jonathan Ferland
16.) Mathieu Aubin
17.) Ryan White
18.) Juraj Mikus
19.) Oskari Korpikari
20.) Dan Jancevski

I don't think it's unreasonable to project Maxwell as a top ten prospect at this point. None of the players below him on my list were drafted higher, he had a strong rookie camp, and is currently second in WHL scoring. It's not like the Habs are teeming with top-line center prospects.
It's interesting to do a scattershot comparison of all three rankings (yours, Menard's, and the Habs boards'). S. Kostitsyn places 8th through 10th, but Maxwell goes from 9th, to 13th, all the way down to 16th. D'Agostini is 12th in yours and the boards', but he's only 18th in Menard's. Chiphura is 4th best according to all 3. As a general observation, though, Menard tends to rank the goalies higher while the others tend to rank recently drafted players higher.

(BTW: I wouldn't list Jancevski as a prospect. If he can sign a FA contract because he's no longer anyone else's prospect, then he's a journeyman -- maybe a good one, a sort of late bloomer, but still a journeyman and not a prospect, IMO.)

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