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08-20-2013, 01:42 AM
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zjh Top 20 Draft Eligible WHLers

1 Sam Reinhart Kootenay Ice
2 Leon Draisaitl Prince Albert Raiders
3 Jake Virtanen Calgary Hitmen
4 Haydn Fleury Red Deer Rebels
5 Conner Bleackley Red Deer Rebels
6 Brycen Martin Swift Current Broncos
7 Brayden Point Moose Jaw Warriors
8 Reid Duke Lethbridge Hurricanes
9 Chase De Leo Portland Winterhawks
10 Tyson Baillie Kelowna Rockets
11 Colin Shirley Kootenay Ice
12 Tanner MacMaster Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
13 Joe Hicketts Victoria Royals
14 Dysin Mayo Edmonton Oil Kings
15 Rourke Chartier Kelowna Rockets
16 Nelson Nogier Saskatoon Blades
17 Keegan Iverson Portland Winterhawks
18 Tyler Sandhu Everett Silvertips
19 Reid Gardiner Prince Albert Raiders
20 Ty Mappin Everett Silvertips

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First of great work like always, but (woah) having Bleackley over Point? I can see where you're coming from considering Bleackley (as he is very underrated). I do think that Point has more potential IMO.

Also nice to see Mappin in the top 20, another player who is sort of going unnoticed, but will have a big season.

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At this point it is very preliminary. I think the Top-4 are a little bit more defined in terms of where they will likely go in the draft, but after that things get hazy. Point has a lot of offensive potential, but Bleackley is very mature as has two-way upside as well. Point isn't really growing yet. 5'9.5 156. He'll need to bulk up.

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Virtanen is going to have scouts drooling come draft day. A big skilled guy who can score and uses his body well...I would think every team in the league could use a guy like him.

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First of great work like always, but (woah) having Bleackley over Point? I can see where you're coming from considering Bleackley (as he is very underrated). I do think that Point has more potential IMO.

Also nice to see Mappin in the top 20, another player who is sort of going unnoticed, but will have a big season.
I agree, Mappin has a ton of skill and is very feisty. His skill set didn't really show through last year, and I think that's why he's under the radar.
He'll get more ice time this season, and he should make his way up people's lists as the season goes on.

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Virtanen is going to have scouts drooling come draft day. A big skilled guy who can score and uses his body well...I would think every team in the league could use a guy like him.
You mean King Joffrey?


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Biggest thing for Virtanen is consistency from shift to shift, game to game. He has crazy tools. Really good hockey smarts also. I couldnt count on my hands and feet the number of times he went end to end just to lose the puck around the net or have it poked away at the last second. This kid is going to score a huge number of points. It's a shame he wont have playmakers like Sylvester and Rask to feed him anymore. Hockey Canada had him listed as 213lbs which is 22 more than last year. I'm hoping he will be just as fast as before.

Mappin is a fun player to watch. 200-foot guy that has skill. Don't know how he didn't have more points last year in Everett but I think he will light it up this year. He is kind of me personal sleeper right now.

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Virtanen is going to have scouts drooling come draft day. A big skilled guy who can score and uses his body well...I would think every team in the league could use a guy like him.
5'11 180 is considered big? I guess he just turned 17.

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5'11 180 is considered big? I guess he just turned 17.
Elite Prospects lists him as 6'1 192, WHL lists him as 6'1 190, Hockey Canada has him as 6'0 199. Hockey DB is not the most current.

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Elite Prospects lists him as 6'1 192, WHL lists him as 6'1 190, Hockey Canada has him as 6'0 199. Hockey DB is not the most current.
6'0.5" 213lbs as of the Ivan Hlinka.

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First of great work like always, but (woah) having Bleackley over Point? I can see where you're coming from considering Bleackley (as he is very underrated). I do think that Point has more potential IMO.

Also nice to see Mappin in the top 20, another player who is sort of going unnoticed, but will have a big season.
I also have Bleackley over Point as of right now. If Conner hits his full potential, he'll be a dynamic force in all zones with much better size than Point has.

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Virtanen is going to have scouts drooling come draft day. A big skilled guy who can score and uses his body well...I would think every team in the league could use a guy like him.
As long as he shows this season that he can be consistent game in and game out. He was a ghost some games last year, while being the best player on the ice in others.

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6'0.5" 213lbs as of the Ivan Hlinka.
This.

Interested to see how my top 25-30 kids get measured when their teams do heights and weights the next 10 days.

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Great list Z - hard to argue any of these at this point.

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I also have Bleackley over Point as of right now. If Conner hits his full potential, he'll be a dynamic force in all zones with much better size than Point has.
I can say the same thing with Point.

And Point isn't a soft player by any means, he might always have a physical challenge, I admit, but for his size he isn't soft. Also who wouldn't want a two-way version of Briere? That is what I see in Point, maybe not all that offensive potential, but will surpass Briere's defensive game fairly easily.

Don't think I hate Bleackley because I see a lot of Ryan O'Reilly in his game, but I still Point has more offensive potential.

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What's your take on Dominic Turgeon? Is the potential there to be anything close to what his father was as an NHL'er?

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What's your take on Dominic Turgeon? Is the potential there to be anything close to what his father was as an NHL'er?
At this point I am not as high on Turgeon as I am Iverson. Turgeon never really did anything in the 6 times I saw the Winterhawks play last year. He couldn't get any minutes outside of the bottom line, whereas Iverson got at least a couple shifts with the 3rd liners.

He is still a prospect to watch. He is raw, but has talent and size. I have him in my 20-30 category right now and I think he has a good shot to be drafted when all is said and done.

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I'm in love with Baillie, think he's a great young player.

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