I thought it was a little early to start this thread up, but then I noticed I started it on 12/23 last year and on 12/21 the year before. So close enough.
It's getting to be that time of year again. We're approximately 2 months from the magazine getting shipped out to subscribers, so I'd imagine they will start working on it soon. They do the majority of the write-ups immediately after the WJC.
Remember, age doesn't matter when it comes to Future Watch. As long as the player isn't considered an NHL regular at the time of printing, they're considered a prospect for FW. This is why sometimes you'll see a player who is 24 or 25 on a teams list.
Anyone want to take a stab at the top 5 or 10 prospects this year? Top 5 for your team?
For Montreal, I can see it looking something like this:
1. Nathan Beaulieu
2. Brendan Gallagher
3. Jarred Tinordi
4. Danny Kristo
5. Michael Bournival
Louis Leblanc will obviously be in the top 5, if he's back in Hamilton when they do the write-ups.
Predictions for #1 overall? Huberdeau? Granlund? Kuznetsov? Tarasenko?
Originally Posted by EastCoastSensFan
they seem to favor D and goalies
Because they take the longest to develop. Most highly drafted forwards go straight to the NHL and aren't eligible for FW, whereas a D or a goalie selected high is likely to stay in the minors for a bit.
Mostly because the elite forwards tend to crack the NHL very soon after being drafted, if not immediately. Goalies almost never crack the team right away and often take 3-4 years before they get there, and defencemen typically take longer as well. As such, the elite defensive and goalie prospects tend to hang around as prospects longer, versus their elite level peers at forward.
I'm guessing the number one spot goes to either Granlund atm but probably Huberdeau and maybe Hamilton once the WJC are over.
I was gonna make this thread actually asking who the top 10 most valuable prospects in the world are a while back but decided not to. I think you'd be deciding from this pool of players for the top 10 drafted prospects:
THN polls something like 22-23 scouts/execs right after the WJC. Some years there's a consensus #1 like Malkin, but other years not so much. Off the top of my head, the year that Pietrangelo was named #1, half of the ballots didn't have him in their top 5.
The top 10 lists are provided by the teams themselves. The past two years, the Islanders seemingly left off a good prospect (Kevin Poulin and Casey Cizikas) because they were yet to have been signed. Might have been a preemptive PR move if contract negotiations had fallen through.