its that time again! Usually I start it after the WJCs but I forgot
*Note* We will, like always, be following the official HF criteria to be considered a prospect, which mean if you have not played 65 NHL games before your 24th B-day, you are still considered a prospect (Staal, Dubinsky, Callahan ARE still prospects, though this will most likely be the last for all three). Girardi is no longer considered a prospect. Please don't argue against them being the the poll, i'm not changing the format of the poll now since its been like that for the past 5 polls.
We will do the top 25 prospects + 5 honorable mentions.
Like always, PLEASE tell me who you would like to be added.
Each poll will be open for 24 hours, if there is a 3 or less vote difference a tie breaker will take place between the two players for the first 10 rounds. If there is 2 or less votes between players in the next 15 rounds there will be a tie breaker for them.
I am also cutting it down to only 7 players per poll instead of 10. Which mean your "Add _____" are even more important.
This should be the quickest poll of them all, Staal.
Nobody is even close, maybe Cherry..but Staal has proven as a damn 20 year old that he can be a very good defenseman already in the NHL.. as 20 year old rookie.
Sorry Monty, but with your continued inconsistent play (which I was hoping you would figure out in your 3rd AHL season) and your continued injury proneness, you've slipped to number 3 in my books. And also sorry HF with your horrible rankings..like always Monty should have never been #1 on our list and that should have been for Staal.
Last edited by FLYLine24*: 01-24-2008 at 12:07 AM.
It's difficult and not too fair comparing juniors and those with NHL experience. My top 20 with random comments. Flame at will because I haven't seen all these players so it's not a very informed list. Rather ranked impressions. I think the groupings are more important than the order.
1-5 Marc Staal - has the showings of a top NHL dman. Alexei Cherepanov - has shown some world class talent in RSL Bobby Sanguinetti - leads OHL defensemen in pts. great potential. Brandon Dubinsky - skates great, gritty, and pretty slick Nigel Dawes - this guy has great hands and sick vision
6-10 Artem Anisimov - was right up there with Dubi in preseason Michael Sauer - wasn't too far behind Staal in preseason Al Montoya - hasn't shown much improvement this season Greg Moore - this guy is strong on his skates and good defensively Ryan Callahan - has regressed this season, needs to get back on track
11-15 Alex Bourret - will he stay off the IR? lacking last season's magic. Ivan Baranka - actually got a callup ahead of Sauer. how's that logic? Ryan Hillier - tearing it up in the Q 25-28-53 Lauri Korpikoski - shows improvement. great skater (?) Tomas Zaborsky - having a great year in juniors. 24-25-49
16-20 Hugh Jessiman - great improvements over previous years. I'm being optimistic here! Dane Byers - had better numbers last year... (what do I know?) Tommy Pyatt - has yet to reproduce his junior numbers in the pros, but it's still early. Brodie Dupont - has yet to reproduce his junior numbers in the pros, but it's still early. Carl Hagelin - He's no Kyle Turris but for a rookie, I think he's having a great year at Michigan.