4. Dillon - almost went with Faksa or Nemeth, but will stick with Dillon. Doesn't have the highest potential among Dallas prospects, but I think he's very likely to reach his full potential. I know some people hate using NHL readiness in these rating, but I Dillon is going to graduate to Dallas this season. He will be having an impact while guys like Faksa are still two or three years away.
I haven't forgotten about Guptill, but I still don't think some of you are appreciating how stacked this pool is... it's very hard to fit him in before 15 IMO.
well you have 12 so far. Id put Ritchie above Guptill but perhaps not anyone else. So I guess he is probably 14th on my list.
Even last year around the mid teens we were voting for guys who werent exactly exciting. This year some of those guys have improved and despite several players making the graduates list I think most of us will feel fairly good about all 20 on the list. Or at least I dont see any that stand out as "that guy has no chance to be an impact player" types. Hell we might even have beyond 20 guys worth noting this year.
I'd have Guptill before R. Smith. Go look and compare their respective freshman year college numbers and see just how good Guptill was last year. Combined their first year in college Chiasson and Reilly had 39 points. Guptill had 33 on his own. They scored 15 goals. He scored 16 and was unarguably CCHA Fresman of the year. Guptill is dynamic and in two years he's going to be the guy everyone on this list is talking about. There's also no way A. Smith should be that high.