Tom Wilson is listed as an elite prospect...mentioned in same sentence as Kuznetsov...
Enough said! What a laughable list and even worse write up
Wilson was picked 16th overall in the recent draft and is looking great so far so tell me why he doesn't have elite potential. I'm guessing you think it's a laughable list because your beloved leafs didn't get 1st place.
DET is still riding the Zetterburg/Datsyuk scouting history well into their 30's. That's a bit much. I wouldn't trade their pool for ours if they threw in a couple 1sts to boot. Their best prospects are 23y/o, and their younger ones like Tatar and Jurco are long shots, IMO.
Reilly/Kadri/Colbourne/Finn/Percy vs Smith/Nyquist/Jurco/Tatar/Jarnkrok
I know who I want.
Homer away but I think the red wings' side is much better. You may have the best guy out of the two lists but the other four are far in the wings favor
Every scouting publication tells you the same information too.
Montreal has better prospects than Toronto.
For every good prospect you seem to think Toronto has Montreal has that and more, so please don't take your own opinion too seriously because there are way better hockey people making the judgments on prospects than some poster on hfboards.com.
It is disappointing to be ranked as low as we are, especially considering where we've finished these last few years. We should be top 10 easy after 7 years of no playoffs and 5 straight bottom 10 finishes. It's no secret that management has not been great at asset management.
That said, I think there is some reason to be optimistic. The team has one of the best collection of defense prospects in the league, between the likes of Rielly, Percy, Finn, and Blacker, along with darkhorses like Nilsson, Loov, and Granberg. This is in addition to Phaneuf (all of 27 years old), Gunnarsson (26), Gardiner (22), Ranger (28), Franson (25), and Holzer (24).
What hurt us is the complete lack of offense talent. All of our prospects with top-6 potential have been slow developing and have major question marks. Kadri, Colborne, Ashton?, Biggs?. Without a top forward prospect in sight, it is difficult to consider our prospect pool anywhere near the top of the league. Fortunately, we do have a solid group who do have the potential to be excellent depth players. The likes of Josh Leivo, David Broll, Brad Ross. The bottom 6 could look very good in a few years.
There's also a lack of high-end goalie prospects but I don't see anything to be too concerned about. Goalies are hard to judge. How many starters in the league today were signed out of Europe or drafted in the latter rounds? Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, were all picked outside of the first two rounds. There may be no Markstrom in our system but Owuya has solid potential, Sparks seems to have solid potential, and Reimer (though no longer considered a prospect) certainly has solid potential.