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08-24-2014, 10:59 AM
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Your HFStars 2014 Top-20 Prospects (and Beyond...)

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prospect
pos.
country
acquired
round
change
% of vote
1
 ‏‏‏‏Brett Ritchie
RW
2011
2nd
4
73.9
2
 ‏‏‏‏Jack Campbell
G
2010
1st
2
55.6
3
 ‏‏‏‏Jason Dickinson
C
2013
1st
5
tiebr.
4
 ‏‏‏‏Jamie Oleksiak
D
2011
1st
2
36.5
5
 ‏‏‏‏John Klingberg
D
2010
5th
14
50.9
6
 ‏‏‏‏Devin Shore
C
2012
2nd
6
48.2
7
 ‏‏‏‏Julius Honka
D
2014
1st
new
49.2
8
 ‏‏‏‏Patrik Nemeth
D
2010
2nd
1
91.2
9
 ‏‏‏‏Radek Faksa
C
2012
1st
3
37.1
10
 ‏‏‏‏Philippe Desrosiers
G
2013
2nd
5
57.5
11
 ‏‏‏‏Ludwig Bystrom
D
2012
2nd
3
38.5
12
 ‏‏‏‏Cole Ully
LW
2013
5th
new
25.4
13
 ‏‏‏‏Brett Pollock
LW
2014
2nd
new
47.3
14
 ‏‏‏‏Matej Stransky
RW
2011
6th
7
68.5
15
 ‏‏‏‏Curtis McKenzie
LW
2009
6th
new
32.8
16
 ‏‏‏‏Remi Elie
LW
2013
2nd
new
32.3
17
 ‏‏‏‏Jyrki Jokipakka
D
2011
7th
1
40.8
18
 ‏‏‏‏Niklas Hansson
D
2013
3rd
new
39.6
19
 ‏‏‏‏Esa Lindell
D
2012
3rd
new
44.4
20
 ‏‏‏‏Scott Glennie
W
2009
1st
2
33.9

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The Glennie made it in!

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So the Stars hate Americans and 4th round picks, we know this much.

And whoever was drafted in the 2nd round ends up a better prospect than the 1st rounder.

Biggest riser: Klingberg
Biggest faller: Molin

We usually take guesses on who will be next year's version of those categories.

Feel free to make your own lists as deep (top-30? 40?) as you want too.

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Considering how many decent prospects we still have not listed I am happy about our future

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08-24-2014, 04:29 PM
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I went with Shore last year and he was 2nd riser. I think the Klingberg formula is the way to go, and to me Lindell will impress on Assat's top pair and fly up the rankings next year.

Hansson is in a similar situation in Allsvenskan, and I could see him playing a big role in them potentially earning a promotion to the SHL.

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A guy who has been under the radar for most and probably will continue to do so. Aleksi Mäkelä, I'm expecting a big season from him. He has a great opportunity to crack the line-up of Ilves' main team full-time. By doing so, he should see a good bump in rankings.

I believe he will develop to be the best two-way/defensive D of the Finn D prospects. But he does also possess a lot of hidden upside in terms of offense. He moves good for his size and has great playmaking skills.

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A guy who has been under the radar for most and probably will continue to do so. Aleksi Mäkelä, I'm expecting a big season from him. He has a great opportunity to crack the line-up of Ilves' main team full-time. By doing so, he should see a good bump in rankings.

I believe he will develop to be the best two-way/defensive D of the Finn D prospects. But he does also possess a lot of hidden upside in terms of offense. He moves good for his size and has great playmaking skills.
Makela is my biggest riser for next year.

Biggest faller is more difficult. I'm going with Oleksiak here. I could see him being surpassed by other prospects in the rankings if he doesn't do something special to prove himself this year.

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I think the biggest riser will be Pollock next year, but that's not a crazy prediction.

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Big's comments on Lindell really intrigued me.

Riser: Lindell

Faller: Ully or Oleksiak.

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Riser: Elie - he will continue his breakout and get 90 points on the year in the OHL and step into the AHL playoffs and contribute.

Faller: Klingberg - it's been a roller coaster career for him already and I think he won't do as well in his first year in NA as people seem to think.

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I like Lindell riser pick, as I was voting for him pretty early, but as others are already on that train I will say Nyberg.

I like the Oleksiak faller pick too, I think that he doesn't really do anything particularly special. I don't want to pick Klingberg, so I will ride the train this time with Oleksiak.

I would LOVE for Oleksiak to prove me wrong, but he seems to stay the same or get marginally better instead of getting noticeably better.

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I think the biggest riser will be Pollock next year, but that's not a crazy prediction.
Pollock would be my choice as well!

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Riser: Polluck seems like the most obvious pick to me. Looks like he is in a good situation to perform really well this year. I really like his skillset.

Faller: Ully. I don't think he is a bad prospect at all, but I could see quite a few prospects passing him and I think he is a bit overrated with where is on the list now.

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Riser... Makela

Faller... Desrosiers

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I'll take Stransky as the biggest riser as I believe he's too low in these rankings and I'm expecting big things.

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Riser - Troock
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I'll take Stransky as the biggest riser as I believe he's too low in these rankings and I'm expecting big things.
Yes, this.

Biggest Faller: Oleksiak

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Using the community rankings as a springboard I'll try going to 30...

21. Dowling -- Still young, an impact player at AHL level, plays an important position, may have better physical tools than Morin to rise above his size limitations.

22. Prapavessis -- The most skilled player left on the board. Skating, puck skills, hockey sense, it's all there. I trust the Stars drafting out of Junior A. Hoping for a Gostisbehere-like college career.

23. G. Smith -- Another guy who fell hard in the rankings through no fault of his own. May have lost a step but still very fast and can now reliably put the puck in the net. On track to be an energy player at the next level.

24. Ranford -- Still things to work on in his game but all stuff that can be taught fairly easily. Undeniable offensive instincts and a fearless style that could overcome his stature. Major cog in the Calder Cup win.

25. Sinitsyn -- I remain skeptical that anything is going to come from him and the odds that he ends up in the KHL are very high despite his "Americanization". Still, his offensive tools, size, and nebulous potential keep him in the top 25.

26. Makela -- I'm officially intrigued.

27. Molin -- Holding out a smidgen of hope he'll be a late bloomer. Has spent too long at lower levels overseas and hasn't progressed enough with his scoring to be considered a viable option in the future.

28. Moran -- Big, athletic, lots of experience for his age and will be the #1 for Niagara. Let's see what he does with it.

29. A. Peters -- Deferring to draft position I guess.

30. Gaunce -- Being able to fill-in in the NHL counts for something.

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Faller - Mckenzie
Huh? Mckenzie had a huge season.

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Huh? Mckenzie had a huge season.
It's predictions for next year.

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Mind if I get in on this ?

Biggest riser: Gemel Smith (He'd fit in pretty well on the Roussel/Garbutt line.

Biggest faller: John Klingberg (He's the 2nd best dman in your system?)

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