6th Annual HFBoards Coyotes Prospect of the Year- Nomination thread
- Coyotes fans only
- Exclude Kyle Turris, Mikkel Boedker and Viktor Tikhonov.
- Remember, this is not a popularity contest or which prospect has the most potential. The winner should be the player that had the best year. Past winners include Tyler Redenbach (won the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL's Top Scorer), Daniel Winnik (better than ppg at UNH), Keith Yandle (CHL defenseman of the year), Peter Mueller and Hobey Baker winner Kevin Porter.
When thinking of prospect development, Coyote fans will remember this as the year Maxim Goncharov broke out. The Russian born defenseman was showered with praise by media who marveled at his two-way game. Many thought he was the best defenseman at the World Juniors.
Colin Long also was a big story. Long was captain of the Kelowna Rockets this season, who won the WHL Championship. The Rockets will play in the CHL Memorial Cup final this Sunday. Long had 91 points during the season after putting up 100 last year.
David Spina (led team in pts), Chad Kolarik and Brett Maclean all had good years for San Antonio. Kevin Porter did as well after he was sent down.
Should you nominate Al Montoya? The rags to riches story was nice to see, but sitting behind Josh Tjordman most of the year did not help his cause. He ended up 3-1-0 with 2.08 GAA and a .925 SV% with the Coyotes.
Nick Ross is another player that deserves attention. Nick was traded to Vancouver after playing 40 games for Kamloops. He ended up with 11 goals 34 assists from the blueline, the Coyotes will hope his development continues to grow as a threat from the back end.
Others for discussion- Brett Hextall, Chris Summers and Jonas Ahnelov. Anyone else? Make your case. Please give reasons for nominations to help others out.
I think Chootoi is right - Michael Stone is the only other one to develop like Goncharov did this year. From my perspective Stone went from mediocre third-round pick to genuine NHL prospect. In terms of progress his was a bigger year than guys like Long, Ross, Summers who mostly duplicated what they did the previous year.
Stone 07-08 10g-25a-35pts
Stone 08-09 19-42-61pts plus 13pts in 18 playoff games
Long followed up a 100pt year with 91pts and was kinda overshadowed by Benn, Myers and Backlund on his team.
Ross had 48 points last season and 43 points this season. Im concerned he doesnt show much appetite beyond dominating juniors and is on his fourth or fifth WHL team.
Chris Summers followed a 13 pt year with a 17pt year, bringing the same pro-style leadership and versatility we knew about.
I wanted to pick Spina third as he had a very solid year, but he did also just duplicate his previous season and Kolarik and MacLean arguably progressed more than he did.
Brett Hextall as a 20yo rookie from the BCHL made UND's team and had a very solid year with 26pts in 42 games. That's a big step up on a big team - potential dark horse next year.
I would vote Summers; became defacto captain (can't overlook leadership abilities) he shows he is progressing nicely, played forward and d-man this year and frankly he is the one prospect that I am eager to see in Glendale (I hope Glendale) the most. Very versitile