In another relatively close vote , RW Jesper Fast won with 40% of the vote. He will be the final prospect to enter the next poll as one of the "Original 6" for whom we can vote in the first round. LW Kyle Jean is added to the poll.
Please write who you want added to the poll, and give a reason for it. This makes the discussion here more lively.
WHO IS A PROSPECT: We can't all have different standards based on what we each want personally. We are on the HF board, so let's follow their rules. The standard for what's a prospect is here: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/whatmakesaprospect
HOW TO RANK PROSPECTS: Based on their value in a hypothetical trade or waiver draft. This takes into consideration a prospect's ceiling, how close he's to making it, his health, work ethic, the whole deal. Imagine there was a prospect waiver draft and you could keep only one prospect. That guy is our #1 prospect. Then imagine we had one more waiver protection. That guy is our #2 prospect.
1. LW Chris Kreider
2. LW Carl Hagelin
3. C J.T. Miller
4. D Dylan McIlrath
5. D Brady Skjei
6. RW Jesper Fast
Born Dec 2 1991
Height 5.11 -- Weight 176 -- Shoots R
Again, Marek Hrivik for proving as a 20 year old that he's capable of playing on the AHL first line. The Rangers already indicated that he's likely to be the first of our prospects (besides Hageline and Kreider) to get called up to the end.
Add Sam Noreau, he's having a good season. Big fists, decent mobility and now he's showing some flashes of being able to chip in a little bit offensively. He's got real potential to be a tough top-6 defenseman.
Lindberg. Once again, he's 5th (okay, 6th as of this evening) in the SEL in scoring as a 21 year old - and that's after he was already considered a prospect on his faceoff ability alone. (Hrivik next.)
Noreau. He showed he had upside in TC 2 years ago and he's another guy who really appears to have taken a step forward this year.
I still like him and I hope the next draft we get another player like that with our second rounder. However, there are plenty of prospects with a higher probability of cracking the NHL: Hrivik, Fast, Lindberg, etc. Once the people lightly to be top-9 are voted in, the high risk, high return will come in. Thats when Thomas and St. Croix will come in. Both should certainly be top 10.