My own rankings. I see you're an Oil Kings guy so for the record I completely expect a player like Griffin Reinhart to go top ten.
On Landeskog, as I've said a few times before, ya I missed a lot on that one. As one poster pointed out, I didn't exactly no prospect him (had him 13th), but the language in which I used certainly does not look good 12 months later. If you want to hold that singular ranking against me to paint a picture of my evaluation abilities that's your prerogative, I just hope you hold everyone else to such a standard.
I lay out my methods, what I emphasize, and over the next few weeks will explain all my top 20 rankings in detail and provide detailed write ups of the top 100 players. If anyone wants to debate any of those aspects with me feel free to do so, I enjoy engaging my audience.
Are you the Kevin Goldstein of hockey prospects? Always nice to see other opinions out there.
Well, I do not think it is a good - or even remotely valid - point that it is fair to question the ability of the FEL to produce top talent right now. The FEL has delivered top talent to the NHL for 30 years, consistently. Just because there's been a few years without any really elite Finnish prospects, that is no reason to put that into question, especially given that we are now once more seeing prime finnish talent emerging at the top end of the first round.
One might also note a complete absence of top finnish skater prospects developing well through other development channels open to them.
Sorry, but where do you find nine leagues better than the FEL? NHL, SEL, AHL, KHL, ok - but who exactly are the other five? German, Swiss, and, er......ECHL? CHL? the Czech Extraleague? Come on, that's not right. The FEL has a higher level of play than any of those.
I'm not sure why Finland's development of players like Selanne is relevant here. Does that logic apply to the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well, because both have struggled in recent years to produce top talent? And even then, the Czech development system over the past ten years, and at its peak maybe a decade earlier, was arguably stronger than Finland's anyways.
To be clear, I'm only concerned about whether you can be confident in how performance in a given league helps prepare a player for the NHL. I think the quality of hockey in the Swiss NLA is great, aided by some of the best imports in Europe, but its track record for grooming NHL prospects isn't great, although that may be changing too (see: Roman Josi). That's the point of skepticism - how do you evaluate the relevance of a Finnish prospect scoring in the Finnish Elite League.
It's not just Finland, there are valid questions about the Czech Republic right now as well, and it probably hurts Tomas Hertl's draft stock. I'm sure the Czech Extraliga has better quality of play than say the OHL, but I would imagine teams are more confident in the CHL's ability to develop Radek Faksa compared to where Hertl is playing right now (although that particular case cuts both ways). I think Finland gets sheltered from this discussion because people tend to admire the Finnish reputed work ethic and style of play, and view Czechs (not to mention Russians) as enigmatic or problematic.
Hardly comparable - with sk and cz it's no fluke, the dropoff is consistent and massive. That being said, noone is arguing the extraliga can't develop top talent. It's just hard to tell, since everyone seems to be in a hurry to leave for NA. The swiss league has precious little record in developing NHL taent, and certainly can make no claims in that regard. So? How does any of that mean the fel suddenly cam't develop nhl talent?