In the past, some posters have been a bit peeved by these ratings, but I think they're worthwhile just for generating discussion. I'd have ranked Sauve higher. He's not looking like a star in the making, but I think it's likely he'll have an NHL career, perhaps on a bottom pair somewhere. That's more than I'd say for several of the prospects ranked ahead of him. I'd also have Corrado on the list somewhere, taking off a player like Price or Anthony.
6.5 is a 4-5 defenseman, which I feel like he already almost is (#5 at least). I think he has the potential to be a top pairing guy (not really a number 1, but maybe a #2 and would probably peg his "realistic" projection as a solid #3 D man).
Anyone else notice that MA Gragnani is listed as a prospect and isn't in the top 20? That alone makes me happy
Why? I wouldn't be surprised to see MAG make the Canucks roster in the fall. He has a great offensive skillset and he skates well. He didn't play very well in the defensive end, but most defensemen take months to get used to new defensive systems. Depending on what happens this offseason (and training camp), I could see him easily being a 7-8 guy on the roster, slotting in against less physical opponents like Detroit. Obviously, this hinges heavily on whether or not we re-sign Rome, who has certainly earned a contract renewal and a raise, but there are the questions of how much and is he happy with his non-permanent role with the team, if we sign Schultz, Garrison, and/or another free agent Dman, and whether Salo decides to hang up his skates.
As for Corrado, he earned a lot of praise playing in Sudbury this year, but he is really lacking offensive upside. With the direction the league is heading, that could be one of the reasons why he was left off the list (along with Hannay, although I personally think Hannay is a real long shot to make the NHL).
Tanev is rated fairly given what he has shown so far. Unless he can seriously improve his shot, he will not be anything more than a defensive positionally-sound #4 defenceman. If you look at his historic stats, the goal-scoring has been pretty bad, save for his RIT year where he scored 10 goals in 41 games. However, even that year, (according to HockeyDB at least) 4 other defencemen on his team scored more goals than him. It's actually quite strange how much that team relied on defencemen to produce goals...
These rankings are worthless anyway. As someone pointed on the prospects board, the Canadiens had one of the top ranked prospect pools in 03/04 and got **** all out of it.
The HF prospect ratings and pool evaluations have always been suspect. But variance is a part of projection. Personally, I don't think that they are that far off in their ratings this time.
I think they short-changed Kassian a bit though - even sighting great potential in his write-up, but then giving him a 7C rating? Doesn't make sense. If he ever puts it together and becomes a legit top6er, then that is a pretty rare player. Those types shouldn't get 7 ratings. He actually dropped from 7.5 I believe.
The pool does look pretty shallow though - if you see it in this light. The Canucks need more high end prospects.