World's best prospect (from already drafted ones)?
So, excluding draft-elegible players like Yakupov and his Russian friends, who's the best prospect in the world right now?
Prospect definition basically meaning that he's been drafted already and he's not playing regularly in the NHL (might get a few games here or there though).
It was Brayden Schenn last year but I'm gonna exclude him because he's made the Flyers (injured atm). Gonna exclude Ryan Johansen and Niederreiter as well.
I guess Huberdeau and Strome are the two big forwards. Maybe some dark horses like Nyquist, Colborne, Kassian, Palmieri, and Zac Dalpe. Tarasenko, Granlund, and Kuznetsov will probably come in before Huberdeau or Strome but is their potential as high?
Maybe B Smith, Ryan Ellis, and S Elliot on defence although those are all offensive dmen and unlikely number ones other than Smith. like Dougie Hamilton's all-round game though.
Basically which guy do you think is most likely to go to the WJC and tear it up (let's assume that they're all eligible, I know some like Smith aren't), will have a big year with his junior/AHL/European club, and probably end up getting ranked #1 on the THN Future Watch issue. And I'm not making a poll cos everyone just votes for their favourite team's prospect.
You'd probably have to consider the situation the guy is in. Brayden Schenn was considered the best last year and he probably was based on talent (maybe not upside) but that was when he was with LA and he was gonna come in and probably get the 2nd line centre job. Now he's on Philadelphia and is gonna have to play wing or rely on Briere injuries to get that 2nd line centre spot.
With Granlund, I think he'll be the 2nd line centre and possibly the 1st in not too long (Koivu is better suited as a 2nd liner who helps more defensively anyways).
Dougie Hamilton will have competition on the blue line and plays for a team with a coach who doesn't use young players as much as he should at times, Stefan Elliot though plays on a Colorado team whose blue line has pretty much no offense outside of Quincey/EJ.
Tarasenko is gonna have a tonne of competition, Ryan Ellis is gonna need to hope someone else on the blue line gets moved (Murphy is actually in the better spot in terms of competition), Nyqyuist will be brought up slowly, Dalpe can maybe centre the 2nd line by the end of the year if he plays to potential and they don't make a trade....same with Johansen.
I was actually thinking about Turris when I asked this lol. His value has to be higher than some of these guys. We saw what he can do last year, just a question of if he can do it consistently (sorta like with JVR who showed off in the playoffs and he's played a bit like that this year but just unnoticeable at other times).
Granlund's scoring in the SM-Liiga though, would that be given more consideration than a young player scoring in the AHL?
I really think Lehner is being underrated a bit around here. 19 year old goalie who already won the Calder Cup AND MVP, only 3 other goalies to ever do that: Roy, Price and someone else. Pretty solid company.
Plus he is off to a very solid start for an average B-Sens team.
Then again goalies' futures are very tough to gauge out.