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View Poll Results: Which Prospect is most underrated by this list? (ie Who is too low)
Alexander Avtsin 4 4.55%
Brendan Gallagher 29 32.95%
Michael Bournival 4 4.55%
Mac Bennett 5 5.68%
Morgan Ellis 2 2.27%
Joonas Nattinen 3 3.41%
Greg Pateryn 0 0%
Alain Berger 2 2.27%
Steve Quailer 0 0%
Mark MacMillan 3 3.41%
Olivier Archambault 12 13.64%
Darren Dietz 16 18.18%
Dustin Walsh C 0 0%
John Westin C 0 0%
Other, Discuss 8 9.09%
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08-30-2011, 12:36 PM
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FINAL Habsboard Top 36 Prospect Ranking!

Almost done ladies and gentlemen! Just this thread, and then we rank Mark Mitera against the rest. So... Philippe Lefebvre or Hunter Bishop, who is less bad?


Montreal Canadiens HFBoards Prospect Rankings:

#1: Nathan Beaulieu
Defenseman Saint John Sea Dogs.
1st Round, 17th Overall; 2011

110 Votes; 44.90% of the vote

#2: Louis Leblanc
Centre/Right Wing Hamilton Bulldogs.
1st Round, 18th Overall; 2009

50 Votes; 68.49% of the vote

#3: Alexei Yemelin
Defenseman Montreal Canadiens.
3rd Round, 84th Overall; 2004

73 votes, 37.24% of the vote

#4: Jarred Tinordi
Defenseman London Knights.
1st Round, 22nd Overall; 2010

76 votes, 45.78% of the vote

#5: Danny Kristo
Right Wing North Dakota Fighting Sioux.
2nd Round, 56th Overall; 2008

78 votes, 71.56% of the vote

#6: Aaron Palushaj
Right Wing Hamilton Bulldogs.
STL 2nd Round, 44th Overall; 2007; acquired for Matt D'Agostini

65 votes, 39.88% of the vote

#7: Alexander Avtsin
Right Wing Hamilton Bulldogs.
4th Round, 109th Overall; 2009

57 votes, 35.63% of the vote

#8: Brendan Gallagher
Right Wing Vancouver Giants.
5th Round, 147th Overall; 2010

84 votes, 53.16% of the vote

#9: Michael Bournival
Centre Shawinigan Cataractes.
COL 3rd Round, 71st Overall; 2010; Acquired for Ryan O'Byrne

61 votes, 42.66% of the vote

#10: Raphael Diaz
Defenseman Hamilton Bulldogs
Free Agent Signing; 2011

43 votes, 53.75% of the vote

#11: McKinley 'Mac' Bennett
Defenseman Michigan Wolverines
3rd Round, 79th Overall; 2009
29 votes, 33.33% of the vote

#12: Andreas Engqvist
Centre/Right Wing Hamilton Bulldogs
Free Agent Siging; 2009
53 votes, 38.41% of the vote

#13: Brendon Nash
Defenseman Hamilton Bulldogs
Free Agent Signing; 2010
41 votes, 35.34% of the vote

#14: Morgan Ellis
Defenseman Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
4th Round, 117th Overall; 2010
52 votes, 56.52% of the vote; tiebreaker versus Mathieu Carle

#15: Mark Mitera
Defenseman Hamilton Bulldogs
ANA 1st Round, 19th Overall; 2006; Acquired for Mathieu Carle
Ranked 15th by vote after Top 35

#16: Joonas Nattinen
Centre/Right Wing Blues SM-Liiga
3rd Round, 65th Overall; 2009
26 votes, 31.71% of the vote

#17: Magnus Nygren
Defenseman Farjestad SEL
4th Round, 113th Overall; 2011
21 votes, 21.21% of the vote

#18: Daniel Pribyl
Centre/Winger HC Sparta Praha
6th Round, 168th Overall; 2011
43 votes, 28.48% of the vote.
Won by one vote in 4-way tie-breaker.


#19: Greg Pateryn
Defenseman Michigan Wolverines
TOR 5th Round, 128th Overall; 2008; acquired for Mikhail Grabovski
39 votes, 28.68% of the vote

#20: Gabriel Dumont
Centre Hamilton Bulldogs
5th Round, 139th Overall; 2009
38 votes, 33.63% of the vote

#21: Andrew Conboy
Left Wing Hamilton Bulldogs
5th Round, 142th Overall; 2007
34 votes, 27.20% of the vote

#22: Alain Berger
Winger Hamilton Bulldogs
Free Agent Signing; 2011
46 votes, 63.01% of the vote; tie-breaker versus Steve Quailer

#23: Steve Quailer
Winger Northeastern University Huskies
3rd Round; 86th Overall; 2008
24 votes, 30.38% of the vote

#24: Mark MacMillan
Left Wing North Dakota Fighting Sioux
4th Round; 113th Overall; 2010
59 votes, 54.63% of the vote; tie-breaker versus Olivier Archambault

#25: Olivier Archambault
Left Wing Drummondville Voltigeurs
4th Round; 108th Overall; 2011
32 votes, 34.04% of the vote

#26: Josiah Didier
Defenseman Denver Pioneers
4th Round; 97th Overall; 2011
27 votes, 32.53% of the vote

#27: Darren Dietz
Defenseman Saskatoon Blades
5th Round; 138th Overall; 2011
24 votes, 27.59% of the vote

#28: Maxim Trunev
Right Wing Severstal Cherepovets
5th Round; 138th Overall; 2008
22 votes, 36.07% of the vote

#29: Dustin Walsh
Centre Dartmouth Big Green
6th Round; 169th Overall; 2009
23 votes, 39.66% of the vote

#30: Ian Schultz
Right Wing Hamilton Bulldogs
STL; 3rd Round; 87th Overall; 2008; acquired for Jaroslav Halak
17 votes, 45.95% of the vote

#31: Joe Stejskal
Defenseman Hamilton Bulldogs
5th Round; 133rd Overall; 2007
30 votes, 52.63% of the vote

#32: Olivier Fortier
Center Hamilton Bulldogs
3rd Round; 65th Overall; 2007
26 votes, 42.62% of the vote

#33: Colin Sullivan
Defenseman Yale Bulldogs
7th Round; 198th Overall; 2011
21 votes, 61.76% of the vote

#34: John Westin
Centre/Left Wing MODO
7th Round; 207th Overall; 2010
27 votes, 65.85% of the vote

#35: Hunter Bishop
Left Wing Hamilton Bulldogs
Free Agent Signing; 2010
22 votes, 61.11% of the vote

#36: Philippe Lefebvre
Left Wing Hamilton Bulldogs
Free Agent Signing; 2009
Lost last thread to Bishop

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We're done folks! Figured I'd start it off with a discussion of who is too low on this list. I've put a few options of players I personally think could be ranked higher. But if you think it's someone else, there's an "other" option.

Right now I can't decide between Gallagher and Ellis

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I think in terms of upside Olivier Archambault may be ranked a little low.

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I think Gallagher and Kristo should switch places.

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Gallagher should be in the top 5. Diaz is ranked too high and Archambault should be in the top 15.

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Easily Gallagher. Only his foot speed is holding him back from being a threat to making the Habs line-up in a few years. He's a very good prospect and should be in the top 5.

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Easily Diaz. I'd peg him around 7th. I don't see why some are saying too high, the guy like Emelin is in his 5th year of pro. What makes him so different? Different styles obviously but both are developed and both coming off a career year.

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Diaz should be higher, almost NHL ready and he can be a offensive D-men. Can steal Weber place before the end of the season. He should be in the top5 alot of players a head of him on that list have big question mark

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Easily Diaz. I'd peg him around 7th. I don't see why some are saying too high, the guy like Emelin is in his 5th year of pro. What makes him so different? Different styles obviously but both are developed and both coming off a career year.
KHL is two or three tiers ahead of NLA though.

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Nattinen should be higher. He'll end up as a solid 3rd line player. I am very sure about it.

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Nattinen should be higher. He'll end up as a solid 3rd line player. I am very sure about it.
I don't have him in my top 20, have you seen a lot of him to be very sure? What is it about his game you like? I am looking forward to seeing him in Hamilton and how he can do in the AHL. Wasn't overly impressed with him at the wjc's but he's got a big frame and seems to take the body.

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I don't have him in my top 20, have you seen a lot of him to be very sure? What is it about his game you like? I am looking forward to seeing him in Hamilton and how he can do in the AHL. Wasn't overly impressed with him at the wjc's but he's got a big frame and seems to take the body.
What are your thoughts on fortier? When he was drafted I felt he could've been a 3rd/4th line defensive guy. He missed a year due to injury and fell off the map a bit, but am i crazy to suggest #32 for this guy, after missing an entire year and still giving 20 points in AHL is a little too low?

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What are your thoughts on fortier? When he was drafted I felt he could've been a 3rd/4th line defensive guy. He missed a year due to injury and fell off the map a bit, but am i crazy to suggest #32 for this guy, after missing an entire year and still giving 20 points in AHL is a little too low?
I haven't been too impressed with him other then his speed and he works hard while being solid in his own end but hopefully his former coach at Rimouski can get him going again. It will be interesting to see where they put him especially if Engqvist makes the Habs full time, as the Dogs will have a number of defensive minded centers and not much in the way of offensive centers so he could see some quality ice time this season.

I don't have much hope for his future with us but I wouldn't write him off just yet, he'll need to show more this season though since it's the last year of his ELC.

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KHL is two or three tiers ahead of NLA though.
True enough but international is still good and apparently he looked better than Weber. Weber in my eyes is a sure lock for an NHL top 6. Top 4 if he continues to develop into the player I believe he can be.

But even just as is if many people felt Diaz looked better it's definitely a good sign.

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Diaz.

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True enough but international is still good and apparently he looked better than Weber. Weber in my eyes is a sure lock for an NHL top 6. Top 4 if he continues to develop into the player I believe he can be.

But even just as is if many people felt Diaz looked better it's definitely a good sign.
That doesn't make any sense.

Weber last played in Switzerland as a 16 year old and you are compating him to a 24 year old Diaz??????

I like them both but let's slow down on the hyperbole.

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That doesn't make any sense.

Weber last played in Switzerland as a 16 year old and you are compating him to a 24 year old Diaz??????

I like them both but let's slow down on the hyperbole.
People were comparing them on the strength of their play with the Swiss national team, especially the Olympics, where Diaz was the better player. That said, you'd expect Weber to develop more and faster from this point out so it wouldn't surprised to see Weber surpass him.

I don't have a big problem with anyone's placement but I do think Nygren deserves some more love.


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That doesn't make any sense.

Weber last played in Switzerland as a 16 year old and you are compating him to a 24 year old Diaz??????

I like them both but let's slow down on the hyperbole.
Exactly. How many of those who think he is underrated have actually seen Diaz play ?

I voted McMillan. The short stints I have seen him, he was impressive. Small stature, yes, but quick and agile.

And the most overrated, Mitera. Geez, even Ducks fan thought he had a very low chance of reaching the NHL.

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Darren Dietz for me.. Expecting a big year for him in the WHL! He's improving at a fast pace.

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Trunev.

Just because he may, or may not come over doesn't mean people should ignore him.

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Darren Dietz for me.. Expecting a big year for him in the WHL! He's improving at a fast pace.
I voted Berger as I feel he will do extremely well in Hamilton and earn a callup this year.

But I COMPLETELY AGREE with the above quote

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Darren Dietz for me.. Expecting a big year for him in the WHL! He's improving at a fast pace.
The three main ones I have a problem with are Gallagher, Ellis and Dietz. Dietz at 27 is stupid. I think he'll shoot right up the rankings after this year.

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I would switch Gallagher and Tinordi, but thats only because Tinordi slumped last year.

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Voted for Dietz. I have him in my top-15. I hope he has a big year this year, so he proves me right.

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What a few tweets does to you....Darren Dietz...of course...

But I have a couple of other names. I'm a big believer in Morgan Ellis. I would have him in my top 10. Also, the other obvious responses to that would be Mark McMillan, Josiah Didier, and Colin Sullivan. Not only because of their potential but because of how low they went.

The other not-so obvious, but I have to be consequent, would be to think that somehow, Dustin Walsh and Steve Quailer will explode sooner than later which will make them again pretty attractive.


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