Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by McMatthews, May 9, 2011.
My Attempt at re-ranking the list:
2. Jason Spezza
3. Ryan Miller
4. Dany Heatley
5. Mikko Koivu
6. Ales Hemsky
7. Brian Campbell
8. Stephen Weiss
9/10/11. Brooks Orpik/Dan Hamhuis/Anton Volchenkov
12. Niklas Kronwall
13. Tuomo Ruutu
14. Barrett Jackman
15. Tim Gleason
16. Kristian Huselius
17. Jordan Leopold
18. Rostislav Klesla
19. Ron Hainsey
20. Mike Komisarek
21. Chuck Kobasew
22. Raffi Torres
23. Bryan Allen
24. Pascal Leclaire
25. Fredrik Sjsotrom
26. Mathieu Garon
27. David Hale
Looks like they were right on Tuomo.
Nice find. So glad the Isles forth round steal Kolnik worked out so well.
Mika Noronen, Ari Ahonen, and Maxime Ouellet all ranked higher than Miller.
Too many current Finnish SM-liiga players there.
Heh, well 250 NHL games (even though mostly not for the Isles) is not that bad for a 4th round pick...
Painful to read with all those busts..... I'd love to read the one from 2004, just after the 2003 draft.
Expect him [Ahonen] to back up Martin Brodeur in 2 years, and then eventually when Brodeur retires, is traded or leaves via free agency, Ahonen will take over as the number 1 goaltender.
**** yea! Can't wait!
Jesus, can I get a job writing for HF? I wanted to edit every ****ing sentence...
This right now, but Spezza has the potential still to be #1 on this list.
The moral of the story here is not how bad HF was, but how freaking hard scouting really is.
I think it also shows how far it has come, even in 10 years--though a lot more of this has to do with the massive rise in technology over that period. I mean, just look at how many players break in as 18 year olds these days compared to back then.
I'm pretty positive I wrote 90% of those write-ups and was only 14 at the time
I think the salary cap has far more to do with the number of 18 year olds we're seeing. While training and development has improved for younger players, we're not seeing massive jumps in skill/ability at the junior level.
IMO if you take any top 50 list and look at it 10 years later, it'll probably look just as bad.
Those are also certainly major factors, but you're certainly also seeing less busts in the 1st round as a whole. I think there's also a much higher emphasis being placed on pre-draft interviews/character assessments etc. after breaking so many eggs in the post-Lindros, draft-on-talent-and-size-alone era. In any case, scouting is seemingly becoming a more rounded science.
Agreed. I was thinking you were talking about player development being so much better, versus the improvement in scouting and pre-draft homework. No question, the teams who draft well spend a lot of time and energy on scouting.
"Compared to the likes of Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic, Lundmark is one of the top prospects in the Rangers' organization."
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