I think he's going to be a star in the NHL. Has all the tools that a 1st line winger needs, and is a hard worker. He has so many elite offensive skills, and they're contained in a 6'3, 200lbs frame. Huge upside, and I feel like he's a pretty safe bet too.
Always an interesting debate given the relative age and stage of development of the different prospects.
Obviously Silfverberg is more advanced, and likely has as high an upside as a goal scorer as any of our prospects. I'd suggest Stone is also in that conversation, but he has some decent risks given we haven't see him produce against men yet, so he likely won't be in the top 3, even though he'll have his advocates.
Meanwhile, Zibanejad has decent upside as well, but is arguably the safest bet amongst the top guys. Most in the industry see him as our top guy, if you take the THN and HF polls as an indicator.
Regardless, I can already see this going as Silfverberg, Zibanejad and Lehner as the top 3 guys most likely, followed by an interesting debate around Noesen, Stone and Ceci. No easy answers in comparing all those guys.
Those three will then be followed by a discussion around Puempel, Da Costa, Prince and perhaps Boro-copy and Weircioch will be in that conversation too.
Hey Lehner, do you think you could post a link to last years results in the first post? I'm really interested to see how the list changes.
edit: im an idiot. Anyways, Silf will get a nice little bump up the list. Stone should have the biggest jump by far. Prince and Pageau will probably both rise quite a bit too. I guess Butler is graduated now? Good thing for him or else he would have plummeted down the list.
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I mean, the obvious choice would be Jordan Fransoo.
Tovie coming in a close but easy 2nd.
Seriously though, it's Silfverberg IMO. Lehner may have been on a bad team, and that's what hurt him, but he was too inconsistent. Zibanejad was just underwhelming/injured. Silfver just won MVP and Playoff MVP of a man's league. He should be the easy choice.
They are very different players and not really comparable in that way. Silfverberg has taken huge leaps in development over his career. I didn't see that much of an improvement for Zibanejad over the course of this year (of course, injuries were a concern) and Zibanejad also got many more minutes this year than Silfverberg got at the same age (both at ES and on the PP.)