I'm really surprised by the upward movement of Loktionov. I know he played really well this past season and I hope I'm wrong but this was a guy who wasn't even in the King's top twenty prospects as of last years draft and was 16th this past spring. Based on his prospect grade he is clearly in the top ten and could even be top five. I am glad that he is going to be playing in the AHL because he clearly dominated the CHL but I still think he is being largely overvalued here.
Well, Loktionov has earned the hype due to the on ice domination in the OHL.
As for the new grades, well if those new grades are right our best prospects have AT BEST the upside of 2nd line players, 2nd pairing defensmen or questionable starting goaltender.
If that's true, then other teams prospects should be graded lower too. I mean
Yeah I believe those grading is RETARDED.
I mean Jake Gardiner = same upside as Thomas Hickey? Niklas Hjalmarsson 7.5B??
That's the problem with the ranking system. Every player drafted has the potential to be a superstar player, you never really know.
All of these guys have ceilings that could be much higher, but realistically, what will they hit?
Bernier has superstar potential, so which is better 9D or 7.5B?
I'd say 7.5B is more realistic.
Ok I may have sounded a bit harsh towards the HF staff but the reality is that I like the idea of the number being the upside and the letter being the likelihood.
9.0 D sounds better to me. Why? At the moment 50% of the prospects are having a 7.0-8.5 with B or C rating, which is nonsense - prospects are way to close rated.
I'm not a homer and I know that there will be less NHL players than career AHL-ers.
I would also add a + and - to a prospect ranking based on the players progression. A prospect whose stock has risen should have a + and a player whom hasn't should have a -.
The Kings have one of the best stable of prospects in the NHL. It is not because he has gone unnoticed.
he's a small guy. Chances of him making it are slim. He's a 6th round pick after the fact (100+ point season), I don't think he's high on the list.
Truthfully, these prospect lists are really overblowing our potential. I don't think we're nearly as good as we're making these players out to be. Had Tukonen been here with us still, he'd prolly be in the top 6 and we all know that Lombardi would never let that guy play with us. So beyond just talent level, a lot of these players won't be making it. I wouldnt be surprised to see only 3-4 of these players being consistent in the NHL.