Our ranking of the drafted WHL defensemen includes a mix of offensively gifted players and prototypical “shut down” defensemen. For this list, the criteria we used ranks “signed” prospects currently playing in the WHL. A handful of these defensemen attended their respective NHL training camps.
Given the shortened NHL campaign, each of these players is allowed to play in only five games before a decision must be made as to whether or not they will be returned to their junior teams. Should any of these players stick with their NHL clubs, teams will have to count the shortened season as one full year toward the player’s professional contracts.… read more
What exactly are you rating them for? Potential to be an NHL player or how they rate this year in the WHL. If it's the later why isn't Kitchon on the list. Sure he is an overager but he leads the league in defenseman scoring(3rd year in a row), he leads his team in points and is +31
Why? He's already pretty far developed and his shoulder injury shouldn't be a recurring thing (unlike a concussion or torn ACL for instance). It's expected that he'll heal and it'll be as strong as ever while he won't be missing much crucial development time because he's already far along in his development.
I could see maybe swapping him with Rielly for #2, maybe. But to put him after Dumba and Reinhart?