I would rank Leblanc (he does not play enough "competitive" games), Maxwell (he was great during the 2008-09 training camp/pre season games but he did not progress as much as I, someone who does not follow the AHL, anticipated) a little bit lower...
With "... As long as you're not considered an NHL regular at the time of publication, you're considered for FW..." in mind, I would go with:
1. PK Subban
2. Max Pacioretty
3. Alexander Avtsin
4. Danny Kristo
5. Louis Leblanc
It's actually the opposite. Usually, all Habs prospects at center are seen as no more than 3rd line potential. Remember Plex?
Just thinking back to that 2001 draft, I remember how excited I was about that draft. Komisarek, Perezhogin and Milroy. I'll admit I didn't know much about Plekanec at the time..I don't think many of us did.
I was excited about Milroy (37th overall). He had decent size and put up some pretty good numbers in the WHL. He put up 92 points in his draft year and was playoff MVP one season if I remember correctly. It's too bad he didn't work out for us. Same with Perezhogin.
While he'll probably be a better all-around defenseman than PK, I'm perfectly happy with having Subban. Guy is our future.
Everyone knows im a huge PK homer by now so I probably won't risk sullying my rep any further by saying he's had better stats so far than Pietrangelo this season in his 2 games We're a weaker team, esp on defense, I now
Don't see the big difference between the two except for draft position. Granted I haven't seen Pietrangelo play... maybe I should start watching him.