2018 THN Future Watch

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Brodeur, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. Brodeur

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    Should be out shortly, THN tweeted out the cover:



    Last year's thread: http://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/2017-thn-future-watch.2174003/

    Just the usual disclaimers:

    - Please don't post the list for copyright reasons.

    - Teams themselves provide the individual top 10 lists. So if a particular prospect doesn't show up on your team's top 10 list (or you don't like the order of your team's top 10), it actually wasn't done so by The Hockey News. We've seen in the past where a team might've intentionally left an unsigned prospect off their top 10.

    - The overall team grade includes NHL players 21 and under who won't be ranked in the top 100.

    - The polling tends to happen right after the WJC, so the rankings usually seems to be bit slanted towards players who participated.

    - Depending on the year, THN gets 12+ people to participate. But each respondent turns in his own ranking, so naturally there's usually not much of a consensus especially once you get past the top tier of prospects. It's not like THN got all the participants in a room and they argued where to rank players. It's a very inexact process. The year where Alex Pietrangelo was ranked as the top prospect, he wasn't in half of the respondents' top 5s.

    The difference between 25 and 45 is probably a lot smaller than what most people perceive. Although I know it won't happen, I'm hoping we can minimize the number of "I can't believe where they have (my team's prospect). He should easily be 20 spots higher" type posts.
     
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    Awesome cover. It’s going to piss off a lot of haters.
     
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    Controversy definitely helps sales but as does catering to Leaf fans in general .

    Not saying the cover is wrong though.
     
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    Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4.....
     
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    I know right. Prepare for the hate parade. Though, Winnipeg was met with praise when they had that cover two years ago haha.
     
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    Oh my God why:facepalm:
     
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    I assume Mittelstadt is #1, being mentioned on the cover?
     
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    But whos team looks closer to actually winning the cup?
     
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    I believe the cover is different from different provinces. If its B.C it will be CAnuck players etc.
     
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    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying anything bad against the Jets or that they were on it - nor am I saying anything bad about Toronto being on this cover. I'm not a fan of either team, nor do I dislike them. My comment was more about the love for the Jets then and how there will be lots of hate for the Leafs called 2019 to be Winnipeg's year, and going on what they've done this year, they stand a chance to be correct.
    Toronto isn't far off, they're a couple pieces away I think. Then again, Pittsburgh has shown you don't need a star defense to win....
     
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    Think they do that for the Yearbook and the fantasy preview, but not Future Watch but not Future Watch .
     
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    Would definitely be a different headline tho
     
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    oh wow if that's case it won't sell well outside of Ontario then.
     
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    Kind of cool that 2 of the last three future watch have hyped uber talented Canadian teams loaded with top young talent. Be even better if they are right and we see Jets vs Maple Leafs battling in the Cup finals a couple times over the next 2 or 3 season's.
     
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    I think it'd be pretty stupid if people didn't buy it because it featured Leafs on the cover. Are people that petty that they'd let that get in the way of the content inside? I'm sure that'll happen, but doesn't mean I won't think they're dumb for thinking that
     
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    What an embarrassing cover. Kinda like it though :sarcasm:
     
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    Well it's not stupid, would you buy it if they slapped Horvat, Boeser and Virtanen on the cover? it's a form of marketing, as another user said, the season previews will have regional covers of the local team.
    let alone this time they added 3 leafs players? 2 of them are not even the best young players, you would think they use Laine and McDavid as the other 2.
     
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    The cover is ridiculous. And the person/people on the cover are usually still actual prospects too.
     
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    Right, because the rest of Canada has no reason to be tired of Leaf centric hype material.
     
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    Yes I would cause even though the Leafs are my favourite team, I am still interested in the entire league and the entire league's prospects. If it were those Canucks players mentioned on the cover, and I was in dying need to see my Leafey babies, I'd go to the corner store and buy a wall poster for 50 cents.
     
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    It's not even the picture that's ridiculous - which it is, just because, hello, none of the players pictured are prospects - but that headline is gonna be a great meme for the next 30 years while the Leafs win nothing.
     
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    It would make sense if nylander Matthews and marner were prospects but they're not. This is a b.s cover.
     
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    A big part pf their rankings are 21 and under NHL players. I have seen the entire list. When you see the other teams in the top 5 it will make more sense.
     
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    Well considering the Canucks are my #2 team, that's no problem regardless. They could put Keller, Chychrun and Strome on the cover for all I care (can't stand the Coyotes) and I'd still buy it. Why? I don't care one big about the cover. I want to read the content, not stare at a picture on the front

    I get annoyed at all the Leafs-centric stuff as much as the next guy. The score app is brutal, neatly every goal by Matthews is highlighted and they need 2-3 articles to describe a quote after most games.
     
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    Looks like they were not far off with that Jets' cover though, eh?
     

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