Round of 128: "Best NA Pro Prospect" - 17. Joe Colborne vs. 112. Greg Nemisz
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.
I was making a list for an FHL entry draft of first-time NHLers from this past season. Then I decided for fun I'd do an HF poll with the stated qualifications and added in other players from each team that fit the qualifications. I probably should have factored playoff games into total GP so guys like Holtby wouldn't be on it.
Then I ranked it based on my own opinions (partially for my draft), and made some adjustments after that by upping players I figured the general consensus would have higher (high picks/fan favorite types) and dropping some players that I was particularly high on that aren't as well known/highly rated. The total list was in excess of 200, so I made 128 the cut-off for it to work.
And, yeah, I'm unemployed and job searching right now.. ; )