Strait rounds out the top 10. Hmm... 8 defensemen, 2 forwards, 0 goalies... sounds about right. Added goaltender Jeff "Matt" Zatkoff.
2012 poll results
#1 Joe Morrow (45.37% in #1 poll, 52.00% in runoff)
#2 Simon Després (43.98% in #1 poll, 48.00% in runoff)
#3 Brian Dumoulin (38.15%)
#4 Beau Bennett (35.50%)
#5 Derrick Pouliot (43.21%)
#6 Scott Harrington (58.33%)
#7 Olli Mättää (87.40%)
#8 Eric Tangradi (61.65%)
#9 Robert Bortuzzo (33.33%)
#10 Brian Strait (40.65%)
Interestingly enough... #8, #9, and #10 all could be off the list next year. To me, this is their breakout years and I don't know if they will get all the opportunity in the world to shine. So in limited time - shine like hell.
Marcantuoni was looked at as a 1st rounder before injuries derailed him last season, so to me, he has the highest upside of anyone left. As someone mentioned about Kuhnhackl, Marcantuoni's game is such that, even if he doesn't hit his ceiling, should still be able to contribute at the NHL is a lesser role. I picked him.