Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by rtafts, Feb 22, 2004.
Who would be in the top 5 in 2005, other than Brule and Crosby?
Thats how I think it will go down.
Solid list, but no way does Phil Kessel not make the top 5 at the moment. One of the best American born players in years.
Kessel is a late '87 so he's 2006 draft eligible.
That seems about perfect. I have seen the last 4 play and your ranking are right on to what i thought. Maybe Levasseur or Mior could squuze in too as Top Goalie
Where does Lashoff fit in here?
Nothing against Mior, but Levasseur is far and away the better goaltending talent as proven at the Under-17s
A slightly educated, but more of a wild stab at the top 15:
1. Sidney Crosby QMJHL
2. Gilbert BrulÃ© WHL
3. Vitaly Anikeenko RUSSIA
4. Olivier Latendresse QMJHL
5. Dan Bertram WHL
6. Jean-Philippe Levasseur QMJHL
7. Andrew Cogliano NCAA
8. Chris Durand WHL
9. Christoph Gawlik GERMANY *BELIEVE HE'S ELIGIBLE, CANT FIND BIRTHDATE
10. Patrick McNeill OHL
11. Jack Johnson USA
11. Devon Setoguchi WHL
12. Chris Lawrence OHL
13. Nathan Drazenovic WHL
14. Marek Bartanus CZECH
15. Luc Bourdon QMJHL
Dont ya think JP Lavs is a bit high considering he isnt even in the Q this year. I think he will be a 1st rounder but 6th overall seems a bit high at this point.
Also i assume thats Guillaume and not Olivier
He'll most likely be going the college route.
Don't forget about Dan Bertram. He's a top notch talent and will decide at the end of this season where he will play in 2004/2005. He's having an fine year in Camrose to this point. Chris Durand is another 1987 on the rise playing for a crappy team in Seattle. He has size at 6'2 and is putting up some decent numbers in his rookie year with the T-Birds.
A couple others for 2005 that I've been impressed with;
Nick Drazenovic - Skilled, will get his nose dirty, but a little light at this point for 6'1.
Brock Bradford - Small, crafty forward lighting it up in the BCHL so far this year.
Christoph Gawlik - born August 10th 1987
My bad, I screwed up on the Latendresse thing...
I am aware Levasseur is in Midget, but he was by far (and I mean a long shot) the best goaltender at the Under-17s. The reason Quebec got where they did. He is definitely something special, with a style very similar to Martin Brodeur. Midget or not, he is the best goaltender his age in the world. Needless to say, I was very impressed with him.
As far as Bertram goes, he's in the same situation as Andrew Cogliano. But the list was drawn up on who I believed to be the best available at the present time... and that's where I think Bertram fits.
Besides Crosby there, I don't think anyone is better than Daniel Bertram, Ryan is awsome but this draft has a top 10 that could almost be unmatched and players of his caliber who would normally be a top 5 talent could fall to like 7th to 8th overall because players like Crosby, Bertram, Brule, Anikeenko, Latendresse, Cogliano should get taken ahead of him.
I love this player, very exciting to watch and made me want to keep comming back to watch him over and over for the excitment and great skill level he posseses.
Thats the only reason i went to the Germany games...so is Gawlik eligble?
Here is my Top 20
1. Sidney Crosby
2. Gilbert BrulÃ©
3. Vitaly Anikeenko D
4. Guillaume Latendresse
5. Dan Bertram
6. Andrew Cogliano
7. J.P Levasseur G
8. Chris Durand
9. J.P Paquet D
10. Christoph Gawlik
11. Patrick McNeill D
12. Devon Setoguchi
13. Jack Johnson D
14. Chris Lawrence
15. Gennady Churilov
16. Luc Bourdon D
17. Nathan Drazenovic
18. Ryan Mior G
19. Marek Bartanus
20. Daniel Ryder
21. Vladimir Kovac G
22. Brock Bradford
Very good... Kovac was amazing at the Under-17s as well, for a team that lacked effort at times. I might even put him ahead of Mior.
Paquet had that collar bone injury so I really haven't seen enough...
Churilov is the second best Russian prospect...
Really great additions there.
4 QMJHL guys in the top 9. Geez lol Looks good for the league for sure.
I assume that most of you are basically only 'guessing' and taking wild stabs .. but I would be surprised if a scout that had seen all the top 2005 eligibles would not include Swede Nicklas Bergfors in his top 15, top 20.
I haven't seen him. Unfortunately Sweden didn't send a team to the Under-17s and we have limited info on him in NA. What can you tell us about him? And where would you place him?
As for the Q, we're making up for 2004 next year lol... let's not forget we have Saulnier and Sheppard available too from Halifax!
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