Top 25 players under the age of 23

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  1. Kritty

    Kritty Registered User

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    The pick 1 thread got me interested to see what everyone thinks the top 25 players under age 23 are. I'm expecting some homer picks here, but let's try to be honest. Shoot!
     
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    Kovalchuk, Heatley, Semin, Spezza, Lehtonen, Bouwmeester, Nash, Horton, Ovechkin (even if he hasn't played an NHL game, he's phenomenal), Staal, Zherdev, Michalek, Svatos, Gaborik, Paul Martin (if he's under 23, I forget, he may be 23 or 24), Hamhuis, Pitkanen, Erhoff, Weiss,

    I dunno. I guarantee you I forgot a ton. This was just off the top of my head.

    From FLA, at least Bouwmeester, Horton, and maybe Weiss.

    Bare in mind all the players here have played in hte NHL a considerable amount aside from Ovechkin. He's just awesome though.
     
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    In no particular order here are some of my pics: (there might be more than 25)

    Tuomo Ruutu, Chicago
    Konstantinin Koltsov, Pittsburgh
    Ryan Malone, Pittsburgh
    Micheal Ryder, Montreal
    Eric Staal, Carolina
    Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
    Dan Hamhius, Nashville
    John-Micheal Liles, Colorado
    Patrice Bergeron, Boston
    Kari Lethonen, Atlanta
    Chuck Kobasew, Calgary
    Mathew Lombardi, Calgary
    Nikolai Zherdev, Columbus
    Rick Nash, Columbus
    Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta
    Dany Heatly, Atlanta
    Marc-Andre Bergeron, Edmonton
    Christian Backman, St.Louis
    Lukas Krajicek, Florida
    Trent Hunter, Islanders
    Zbynek Michalek, Minneasota
    Sidney Crosby, Rimouski
    Peter Sejna, St. Louis
    Jay Bouwmeester, Florida
    Nathan Horton, Florida
    Dion Phanuef, Calgary
    M-A Fleury, Pittsburgh
    Steve Emiger, Washington
    and ofcourse, my boy,
    Alexei Semenov, Edmonton

    Im not sure if all these guys are under 23 im sure some of them arent but i was to lazy to check everyone. Almost all of them are rookies from last year..
     
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    I'm curious to know if you have an affinity for Alberta players. As much as I like Lombardi, Kobasew and Bergeron, they are definitely not among the top 25 players under 23, neither is Semenov.

    And Zbynek Michalek? Very, very interesting choice there. I think you might be alone in that one. Are you sure you didn't mean Milan Michalek?
     
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    My shot, in no particular order:

    Kovalchuk
    Heatley
    Nash
    Zherdev
    Lehtonen
    Staal
    Bouwmeester
    Horton
    Hamhuis
    Spezza
    Gaborik
    Semin
    Vanek
    Michalek
    Ovechkin
    Pitkanen
    Ruutu
    Suter
    Phaneuf
    Fleury
    Malkin
    Frolov
    Lupul
    Hemsky
    Hartnell
     
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    No Pitkanen?
     
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    I thought I had him. Edited.
     
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    Ummm i think youve never heard of Zbynek Michalek
    http://www.nhl.com/lineups/player/8469760.html
     
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    Milan Michalek may even be his brother..both born in Czech in Early 80s. As for the other people who put Michalek on there lists which brother did u mean? Im presuming Milan becasue of his 6th overallness (is that even a word?)
     
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    According to those lists:

    No respect for Matt Stajan...
     
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    I think most everyone here has heard of him. It's just he's nowhere near belonging on a list like this. He's an average defense prospect who might make it as a decent NHL defender and might not. Exactly who on the list Kritty posted earlier would you rate Michalek ahead of?
     
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    I know exactly who Zbynek Michalek is, that's why I'm wondering how you include him in the top 25 players under 23. I've never seen a likely 3rd pairing dman be ranked that highly.
     
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    I don't see who I would take out to put Stajan in. He'll be a nice 2nd/3rd liner but I don't see him as one of the top 25 in the league.
     
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    I'll have a go, but this looks pretty tough.

    1. Ilya Kovalchuk
    2. Marian Gaborik
    3. Rick Nash
    4. Alexander Ovechkin
    5. Jay Bouwmeester
    6. Tuomo Ruutu
    7. Kari Lehtonen
    8. Jason Spezza
    9. Joni Pitkanen
    10. Evgeni Malkin
    11. Alexander Frolov
    12. Nathan Horton
    13. Eric Staal
    14. Marc-Andre Fleury
    15. Nikolai Zherdev
    16. Dan Hamhuis
    17. Dion Phaneuf
    18. Alexander Semin
    19. Ryan Suter
    20. Patrice Bergeron
    21. Milan Michalek
    22. Fedor Tyutin
    23. Braydon Coburn
    24. Thomas Vanek
    25. Cam Barker

    I kinda did it on who I'd like to have, since its pretty hard to compare the non-NHLers to the 3 year 'veterans' etc in terms of their level of play at this point in time.. I haven't put too much thought into the ranking or anything either, but feel free to call me out on it anyway. :)
     
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    I know.

    Stajan is nowhere near the Gaborik's, Kovalchuk's, Nash's, etc... but when I see Zyblany Michalek, Backman, Koltsov, Semenov, and Kobasew ahead of Stajan, it irks me.
     
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    They weren't on my list. I would have Stajan ahead of those guys too.
     
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    To tell you the truth he is not one of the top 25 players (remember this is coming from a guy whose got Alexei Semenov on his list), but a great role player who could be the key to a stanley cup winning team some day. I completely forgot about Gaborik on my list...
     
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    Then why are you including him on a list of the top 25 players under the age of 23? Makes no sense.
     
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    haha those guys were all on my list. Notice that in the first post he said he is expecting Homer pics, so i added some homer pics.. and now that ive done that i have done that people are dont like it? In all seriousness, semenov, z.michalek, and bergeron among others dont belong on my list, but without those guys on it what would us guys be talking about? I completely forgot about Stajan as well (i knew i was missing people). Did anyone consider Kyle Wellwood?
     
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    Hmmm... i thought you said you were EXPECTING homer pics and now it makes no sense to make one?
     
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    hmm... i guess you also said lets try to be honest.... nevertheless, making pics like i made has obviously made for some discussion. To explain my homer pics a little more , i was just thinking that I was picking a team for the under-23 world championship, and i threw in some guys who werent in the top 25.
     
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    Havlat is 23 you know. I cant beleive he didnt make any of your lists.
     
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    Well you failed pretty miserably with the 'under-23' criteria, but who's counting. ;)
     
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    I guess we're all just too good at reading? :dunno:
     
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    I thought he was 24
     
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