Next season Top 5

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by byeyimini, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. byeyimini

    byeyimini Registered User

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    I hate to ask since I posted a moderately similar thread a few days ago regarding Toews. But it got me to wondering. Would you mind getting out your crystal ball and predicting who you think will be in the HF Top 5 prospects this fall. Honourable mentions appreciated as well. Seems to me a lot of this years top candidates made a successful transition to the NHL. Should be a fresh list ! Thanks !

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  2. HFNHL Canadiens

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    With prospects graduating taken into consideration

    Jonathan Toews, Erik Johnson, Niklas Backstrom, Jack Johnson, Peter Mueller (in no particular order)

    However, a prospect that is eligible for this years draft may reach the top 5 depending on how the rest of the season goes for them/ how much hype they get

    If i had to rank them..

    1. Niklas Backstrom
    2. Erik Johnson
    3. Jack Johnson
    4. Jonathan Toews
    5. Peter Mueller
     
  3. The Sanchise

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    Well if all goes well for Buffalo and they can keep Stafford under the 21 games mark, next year when he is a permanent player there is no doubt I believe he can be top 5
     
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    I would go with EJ first...then some combination of Backstrom/Toews/Jack Johnson (toss up, IMO).
     
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    I really like Stafford but I'm not sure I'd even put him top 20 right now, I have a hard time believing he'll improve that much before next season.
     
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    these lists must include Carey Price
     
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    Why....because of the WJC. I'm not saying you are wrong or that he won't pan out but I just read on another thread how Pogge is now a overrated flop.

    Geez one year later and he is written off
     
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    1. EJ/Backstrom (for me, these two were 1-2 at the draft.. hasn't changed)
    2. Backstrom/EJ
    3. Jack Johnson
    4. Toews
    5. Cherepanov
     
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    Cherepanov...interesting !! I have some homework to do.
     
  10. Abyss

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    EJ
    Backstrom
    Toews
    JJ
    Barker
     
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    no way Price gets in the top 5 after 1 good tournament. Especially being very average in the WHL this year.
     
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    :biglaugh:
     
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    Price has been drafted by a team that won't have room for him for a few more years. Halak and Danis would be more suited for a backup role if Abby ever left. I say 2008 or 2009 before Price wears a habs jersey.
     
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    you say that like it's a bad thing. Rarely do goalies come in and steal the show right from their rookie year. Quite a few quality goalies spend a good bit of time in the minor leagues before they make an impact at the NHL level. Tomas Vokoun, Ryan Miller, Miikka Kipprusoff, Manny Fernandez, Marty Turco, Vesa Toskala, Evgeny Nabokov, Jean-Sebastien Giguere. They all spent a signifigant amount of time in the minor leagues (IHL and AHL) before really making it at the NHL level. Not every goalie is going to step right in like Martin Brodeur did.

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    my guess for top 5 is this:
    1) Erik Johnson
    2) Jack Johnson
    3) Niklas Backstrom
    4) Jonathan Towes
    5) whoever goes #1 this year or Peter Mueller
     
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