I'm just reposting because this is a very good list.
This draft is so deep that most of the guys in the 10-20 range could arguably be top 10 picks. That may even be an understatement; but it is a testament to how good MacKinnon, Jones, Barkov, Drouin, Lindholm, Monahan, Pulock, Ristolainen are.
Heck, (if there is a season) teams with top 10 picks should get cracks at guys who would be an average Draft's first rounders-in the second round! And if there isn't a season and the draft is a snake order, it still works out well for teams with low 20s picks-they should get two players that in an average draft would be first rounders.
This is the draft that should make every team's prospect pool noticeably better(including LA and NYR). The crazy thing is that amazing talents such as MacKinnon, Jones and Barkov might end up on some of the best teams in the league due to the lockout.
I'm curious about where most of you have Nicholas Petan ranked. Do his numbers thus far not tell the whole story about his game?
I couldn't tell you exactly where I have Petan ranked, but I can tell stats really don't matter all that much.
Yes, goals and assists do matter, because goals and assists help win hockey games. There are things to consider within this.
- What kind of minutes does this player get? Is he on a top line who plays constantly against other teams best defence pairings or does he get lots of "softer" minutes?
- How many of the players points are of consequence to the game? For scouts, there's a huge difference between 3 game winning goals, and goals 5, 6, and 7 in a 7 - 1 blowout, for example. Examining this can tell how "clutch" a player is.
- What's the depth of the players team/quality of opposition like on a given night? Are they constantly winning games in blowout fashion against weaker rivals or are they involved in many close games?
All this, without touching on defensive or physical play, but I hope this answers how stats are often evaluated, or at least gives you something new to chew on
Not a huge fan of Lazar personally. I would have Erne slightly higher. I like Bjorkstrand. One of those players who plays on a good team and people cast aside as a result. Maybe not a major offensive ceiling, but a smart player. Also slightly troubled Spencer Martin not included.
I also agree that Jones > MacKinnon. Jones just has so many tools and carries himself so well. Either player can be built around, but a huge defender who can put up points is something hard to compete against year-to-year.