A bit of a surprise after a close race for the last spot in the top ten. Stephen Johns takes it. I was voting for him because he is really the only truly hardnosed defenseman with any NHL hopes at all down in the system (I think Olsen will turn out to just be too darn slow, even though I am pulling for him). While I harbor no hopes whatsoever of him being in the NHL in the near future, someone like who he would pan out to be is exactly what the Hawks need.
#1: Brandon Saad, LW (81.82%)
#2: Teuvo Teravainen, LW/C (59.62%)
#3: Mark McNeill, C (48.00%)
#4: Jeremy Morin, LW (36.84%)
#5: Dylan Olsen, D (40.74%)
#6: Phillip Danault, C (44.12%)
#7: Brandon Pirri, C (41.86%)
#8: Kyle Beach, LW (30.19%)
#9: Adam Clendening, D (43.75%)
#10: Stephen Johns, D (27.78%)
And now we move into the obscure #11-20 range. Two days to vote. Remember to tell me if there's a name you want on there.
Hutton was thought of enough to get a mercy contract last season (for the duration of the year) from the Hawks. That's good enough to at least include him.
I also don't see why Calnan should be better than Fournier. I think the Hawks scouts know more about them...
There is no such thing as a doctorate in scouting. I happen to think Calnan is a more interesting and higher end potential talent than Fournier in somewhat the same way as Byfuglien took off. They don't. They get paid for their opinions while I don't, but that doesn't for a second mean I can't be right and them wrong. Even last year, how long did it take before Saad was front and center and McNeill an afterthought in the Hawks future list?
I also think it is close between the Hayes brothers. In the little that I saw of the prospects, Kevin looked pretty slick and Jimmy has already had a taste of the NHL and didn't look out of place in limited minutes. I'll give Kayes the edge because he is younger and seems quite confident in the way he plays the game.
That said, I know little about our prospects in general because I haven't seen them play much at all and have steered away from these polls. I won't vote this time either .. will leave it up to those that have followed their progress. Really hoping Jimmy makes the squad this year.
Surprised Jimmy is this low. He's already proven to have the body and skillset to be a Holmstrom clone. I'd be grooming him to forget the sniping and just crash the net and emulate Dave Andreychuk. He's a good enough skater along with having soft hands around the net to stick in the NHL as the third wheel on a productive scoring line.
Those expecting him to start running people over and turning on power forward beast mode are going to be disappointed however. It just isn't his game.