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Mckeen's Top prospects

Mckeens is my favorite NHL yearbook by far. They rate their prospects using a 5 point system. I wrote out all the Flyers prospects they rated for ya's




James VAN RIEMSDYK 4/5

The Flyers bypassed North American Kyle Turris in favour of the top scoring star on the USNTDP, who cemented a top-three draft spot with a commanding performance at the Under-18 World Championship, winning silver and leading the tournament in scoring (7-5-7-12)..also represented Team USA in the Under-20 World Juniors..slick, intelligent winger with great size and hand skills..his skating steadily improved over the course of the last season in unison with his increasing strength and co-ordination..fast in full flight, but needs to keep working on his agility, balance, and first-step quickness..that should happen as he's still growing and quite lanky, easily able to accomodate 20-plus pounds of muscle mass..can undress his defenders with his tricky 1 on 1 moves and boasts a fast, accurate snapshot which he unloads at top speed..entering his freshman year at New Hampshire where he will be expected to to elevate his defensice commitment and reliability as he can play a fairly one-dimensional game at times.

Steve DOWNIE 3.5/5

Emerged as a key figure again on Canada's World Junior team to win a second staright gold medal (6-3-3-6), and also made an instant impact on his Kithener debut, arriving in a January deal and launching the Rangers on an 11-1 tear..posted the fourth beast points-per-game average in the league during the regular season (2.04) - and was one-man wrecking crew in the playoffs (9-8-14-22)..small, skilled super-pest with the heart of a lion..displays similar puck control command as Perter Forsberg in terms of patience and attitude that he wont be rushed by anyone..magically retains possession and protects the puck through seemingly impenetrable traffic..good, solid skater..posseses a patented move swinging out from the corner and slashing a path to goal..creates ample rebound opportunities with his quick, ard shot, yet he also has the playmaking savvy to be a handful in scoring areas..he's alos a ticking bomb, prone to suddenly exploding on opponents, as he demonstarted during a February game against Guelph which earned an 8-game suspension..will need to add maturity and discipline to complement his NHL skills and passion.

Claude GIROUX 3/5

Quietly managed to improve on his shocking 103-point effort of '05-6, finishing fourth in a league scoring last season and leading the QMJHL with 10 game-winning goals and a marksmen-like 26.1 shooting percentage..spunky little winger with special playmaking talents..gidted puck handler who makes great lateral shifts with the puck...opportunistic - seems to be one step ahead of the play - offensively..an exceptional passer - makes quick, soft feeds right on the tape both forehand and backhand and can carve open defenses with inspired no-look set ups..light and elusive on his feet..uses quick shorter strides on startup like he's hopping..skating is more thrifty and ingenious as opposed to fast and powerful..could still use better skating strength..must also bulk up and add upper-body muscle to his tiny frame, even if he can play a gutsy game and shows a resiliency to bounce back from taking big hits.

Ryan PARENT 3/5

Reprised a formidable partnership with Marc Staal to win his second consecutive World Junior gold meadal, however was plagued by a string of injuries during his fourth season in Guelph - including an ankle sprain, a dislocated shoulder, and a bulging disk in his back..acquired in the Peter Forsberg deal with Nashville..a tough, responsible defender who excels 1 on 1 due to his positional diligence..plays a smart, disciplined physicl game and always heeps his stick activated..strong skater in all directions powered by big smooth strides and impressive lateral agility..must keep refining his puck handling and shootng skills which are merely adequate..ever so steady defensively - makes safe, simple outlet plays..will never be a big point producer, yet has all the makings of a stout top-4 shutdown type.

Oskars BARTULIS 2.5/5

Latvian import soared to career highs after coming over in an offseason trade from Moncton and in December led his country to gold at the U20 B-Pool World Juniors where he was named the tournament's 'Top Defensemen' (5-0-7-7)..smooth, methodical, rearguard with good skills and composure..spots open lanes quickly and is a crisp iutlet passer with a good, low pointshot..somewhat mixed skater - possesses a fluid and powerful first step allowing him to effortlessy attain top speed, but isn't nearly as accomplished moving backwards..he is improving though as he gets more accustomed to playing the blue line having been a forward for most of youth hockey..has worked diligently to upgrade his physical consistency as he can get lacksadaisical at times and relies solely on his strong stickchecking abvilities..looked stronger and more assertive last season, especially in the playoffs.


Mckeens are pretty stringy rating prospects. They're are no 5/5 prospects in the whole book. Only 3 prospects got a 4.5/5 rating they were Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Montreal's goalie Carey Price, and last and least in my opinion cheap shot loser Erik Johnson from the Blues. I hope you like it.

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Mckeens are pretty stringy rating prospects. They're are no 5/5 prospects in the whole book. Only 3 prospects got a 4.5/5 rating they were Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Montreal's goalie Carey Price, and last and least in my opinion cheap shot loser Erik Johnson from the Blues. I hope you like it.
You've been watching YouTube again, haven't you?

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You've been watching YouTube again, haven't you?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmydhJUD_II

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A while back, there was a video labeled "Eric Johnson's Cheap Shot on Steve Downie". It has since been changed to "Jack Johnson's Cheap Shot on Steve Downie", but still has the original tag "ericjohnson" which you can see if you perform a search for "Steve Downie". A lot of people were confused, but it was a particularly stupid mistake because Jack is the one with the Bryan Marchment disposition. Erik plays like Pronger without the unnecessary cheap shots.

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Does Mckeen's give an overall ranking to organizational prospects, and if so, how did the Flyers fare?

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Ratings all seem kinda low

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