As I said, if you want to gauge the quality of future talent in an organization, you take into consideration players that are just beginning their NHL careers (with age/contract status in mind). You can call guys like Gardiner (Nugent-Hopkins, Couturier, Cowen, Kruger, Schenn, etc.) whatever you want, but they're each deemed a 'prospect' in the true definition of the word.
Gardiner has not peeked and is still younger than 95% of the NHL.
Call them Prospects if you like, doesn't mean they are.
According to Hockeysfuture.com, yes. According to the true definition of 'prospect', no.
To gauge the true quality of organizational depth, you can't punish them for having top notch talent that contribute at the NHL level before most in their age group. Gardiner is still 21 years old and on a two-way contract.
Guys at that age on their entry level contracts are deemed 'prospects' in my books.
Whether they've played 50 games in the NHL this season or 50 games in the AHL.
My take was always that "prospect" was short for "prospective NHLer" (or NFLer, major leaguer, whatever). At this point Gardiner is an NHL player.
Sorry guys, I just don't see Kadri as higher than any of those guys. One on one, and either of those guys would kill Kadri. Just because Kadri has a few nice dangles doesnt mean he is complete. Physically, not even close to those guys. Not a power forward, what is he?
How do you over-rate a prospect? No one is calling him a future Cam Neely or anything?
Saw this in another thread, not sure who the reviewer is but
15. Carter Ashton – Saskatoon, SK – 6’4″ – 212 lbs – WHL – Lethbridge – RW
One-Timer: The son of former NHLer, Brent Ashton, who played 2 games shy of 1000 in the NHL, Carter has the “hockey gene” embedded. To go with that, he has a great physical frame (6’4”-ish, 210 lbs-ish) with which to build on. The budding 2-way power forward out of the “Dub” has seen his stock rocket as this season went on. The physical forward doesn’t shy away from the rough stuff and established himself as a 30-goal scorer this year. He also skates well and has smooth “hockey hands”. He has great character and quite versatile as well. As noted below he was the VO-2 Max “Champ” highlighting his super endurance level. Although some current draft eligible prospects are at a higher level right now, this ranking is based on the immense potential Ashton possesses. For the same reason, against many ”expert” rankings, I have Ashton ahead of Kassian for the top ranked true power forward. NHL Player(s) Comparison: Mike Knuble, Ryan Malone, Kevin Stevens, Cam Neely
Scouting Combine Performance:
• Gare Joyce reported: “The best VO 2 max numbers were posted by Lethbridge’s Carter Ashton, the only prospect to last the 17-minute duration.”
International Tournaments: Ashton registered 3 points in 4 games for Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Canada’s gold medal win. He also notched 1 goal and added 5 assists in 6 games for Team West at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
ETA = 2 to 3 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 2.5/5 Reward = 4.5/5
NHL Potential: 1st or 2nd line goal-scoring power forward
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8.5/10 Defensive = 8/10