Questions and comments are welcome, since of course not everything can be included in such an article.
Just wondering how this list is made? From what the scouts and Coach Anderson say this list might be a little off! Not that im trying to complain its great to see the fans version of the atlanta thrashers future....On this list in order of players closest to making the jump are.......1)Lehtonen 2)MacKenzie 3) Stewart 4)Blatny
No, it's not whoever is closest to making the jump. Like all prospect rankings, it is a combination of maximum potential and how close the player is to realizing that potential.
Lots of factors go into the ranking. Recent on-ice performance, performance in prospect and training camps, season stats, drive, honors received. Comments made to me by scouts, coaches, and management, on and off the record, are certainly part of it.
Last edited by Holly Gunning: 03-20-2004 at 08:37 PM.
I like MacKenzie, always have. But I don't think his top end potential is as high has these other guys. He's just not going to be a big difference-maker. A good third liner, but those kind of guys are all too easy to come by. He also has a bit of a size disadvantage.
Then souldn't be Slater come before Coburn? I am wondering it must be hard to classified those two! Slater have a great season in MSU which already improve from his fine rookie season. And with all the honor he get and consistency, I think he should have his shoot at the 2nd rank but that is just me! Didn't heard much about Coburn however except for that.......
Sharrow's a terrific skater and has decent puck skills. That raw potential alone should rank him higher than many of our other prospects that might be more productive at the junior level but don't have his upside.