looking at ou prospects compared to other teams i think were much higher than 20th. not counting this draft we have one for sure top 4 d(mcbain) and maybe carson. then we have 4 for sure top 9 forwards dalpe, sutter, boychuk, bowman. and we have a possible starting goalie murphy and a for sure back up. thats 6 for sure nhl guys none of which are bottom line guys. i feel like we didnt get any love. is it because were carolina or because none of these guys are going to be 35 goal guys.
I would say yes... to an extent. We're fairly middle of the pack and getting stronger, but we also lack some of the things that HF looks for. It's why you see so many boom or bust type prospects in the HF top 50 rankings while the safe guys generally get overlooked unless they have big upside.
For example, of the teams ranked ahead of us on HF, I would have us over Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Florida and Chicago. I would have had us over Atlanta pre-draft but I think they had one hell of a draft this year, same goes for Detroit.
I do think HF is a bit offbase in how it evaluates organizational strength. Atlanta before the draft had Bogosian and Pavelec... and that's prettymuch it. None of their other guys I would have above any one of our top 7 or so prospects at that time. But they were ranked 8th on the strength of two potentially very strongly rated prospects and some others that were not living up to expectations but still had high upsides (doesn't hurt to have the sites news editor as a fan of the team either). Team like us, Anaheim and New Jersey have deep prospect pools, but not a lot of "sexy" picks or guys with what a lot of the arm chair scouts see as high end upside.
But as Cardiac said, you never know when it comes to prospects. Who 2 years ago would have thought that Hughes would bust due to injuries, or that Bowman would break out, or that Terry would score more points per game in the OHL then Tavares, or that McBain would be a legit Hobey Baker candidate. It is what it is when it comes to rankings here, but I think that places like THN do a much better job when it comes to evaluating depth vs top end potential and don't allow nearly as much bias to influence things. Just my take.