The selection of these players factored in performance, draft status and potential to fill organizational needs.
It's hard to say how they came up with these rankings, and which criteria they value.
Ray Emery was arguably the best AHL goaltender last year, this as an AHL rookie (20yrs). I'm sure this was a big factor.
I would never say he is better than lehtonen, but Emery has been overlooked for so long, it's good to see some overdue praise
I was very surprised Ahonen didn't make the list, I guess alot had to do with the poor play on a horrible AHL team. I wonder if they are making this list based on potential or accomplishments.
Hard to read. Mikhail Yakubov hasn't done anything in the AHL, but is on the list. Obviously, AHL play has something to do with it. That being said, Ilya Bryzgalov has outplayed Ahonen in the AHL, also on a bad team, and isn't listed either.
All in all, I wouldn't get too worked up about it. SI isn't the be all, end all of hockey.
I think that a lot of people forgot Fedor fedeor in the top 30 list...a player who could be in the top 10. cause i saw him in st john's nlfd, and he has exactly the same skills of his brother but in bit less talented!
Fedor Fedorov is soft, lazy, and doesn't know how to use his size, the guy had bust writen on his forehead.
Fedor Fedorov was initially drafted in the 6th round. Even if he never plays another NHL game i don't think you can call a 6th rounder a "bust". The guy gets too much attention because of his bloodlines. I don't think he's a top 30 AHL prospect, but at the same time how much expectations should you put on this guy?