Disagree on McIlrath.
As a stay at home D, the thresshold on what he has to deliver is less demanding as to talent if he can skate backwards decently enough, and otherwise is well suited to his strength. Agree he is not at full potential now, but not as to "likelihood of reaching full potential is low" (close enough, IMO, to be on track for where he is).
When I say full potential I mean A type of CHara or Weber which means offense included.
Defensively though we've seen flashes of what he could become though he's not where I think he should be...but many of us say he's a 2 year Whale player. I thought Hagelin was ranked too low by us in the summer and look where he ended up this year so hopefully the same goes with Fasth and within 2 years he;'ll be over here havinga great rookie season too.
This was the first really difficult one for me. I have McIlrath, Thomas, St. Croix and Fasth all neck and neck. Honestly, but for Fasth's injury he likely would have been the clear winner (and potentially even above Miller had he stayed on pace), but that was nasty and I want to see how he comes back from it.
I finally chose McIlrath for no other reason than the organization's continuing faith in him - hopefully they're not just paying lip service due to the fact that he's the highest pick they've had in a decade or more.
Actually, he's right, I just went back and double checked Zucc's should have been added...
In fact, MZA should've been added to the very first poll, as it was the first six prospects still eligible from the last list. He may have thought then that Zuccarello was no longer eligible, but since then it has been shown multiple times that he is.