Round of 128: "Best NA Pro Prospect" - 46. Stephane Da Costa vs. 83. Kyle Beach
(Posting these early tonight b/c I'm going out, so plz don't lock them mods b/c there's too many on the first page)
HFBoards as a whole has a tendency to overrate prospects not playing North American Pro Hockey because they haven't been exposed yet. So I'm doing a 128-player tournament of players that have only played North American Pro Hockey.
QUALIFICATIONS:Minimum of 50 AHL + NHL games played (20 AHL + NHL games played for Gs); Maximum of 100 NHL games played (30 NHL games played for Gs); 26 years old or younger by 12/31/12; Signed to play in North America next season; Can't have played more than 50 NHL games in 11/12 NHL season, injured players exempt (ie. Mike Sauer, Jacob Josefson, etc.)
Disclaimer: This is based on my own subjective rankings. So if you don't like them, too bad - the best will win in the end. If I overlooked someone: too late the bracket is already made. Made a total list of ~200 but pared it down to 128.
Kyle Beach. Bigger upside and will still be more useful as a bottom 6er if he doesn't make it as a top 6 player IMO. His game was really coming around last year before his 'almost' season ending surgery(he was able to play like 8 games at the end of the year). I see him as a 20 goal player who hits and fights from the 3rd line.