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[ARTICLE] Hockey Prospectus Top 100 Prospects (Includes 1 Canuck)

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The Top 100 NHL Prospects

1. Nail Yakupov, Right Wing, Edmonton Oilers

2. Mikael Granlund, Center, Minnesota Wild

3. Mikhail Grigorenko, Center, Buffalo Sabres

4. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Center, Washington Capitals

5. Jonathan Huberdeau, Left Wing, Florida Panthers

6. Alexander Galchenyuk, Center, Montreal Canadiens

7. Vladimir Tarasenko, Right Wing, St. Louis Blues

8. Dougie Hamilton, Defense, Boston Bruins

9. Ryan Strome, Center, New York Islanders

10. Filip Forsberg, Right Wing, Washington Capitals

11. Teuvo Teravainen, Left Wing, Chicago Blackhawks

12. Justin Schultz, Defense, Edmonton Oilers ( :bigblush:)

13. Tim Erixon, Defense, Columbus Blue Jackets

14. Brendan Smith, Defense, Detroit Red Wings

15. Mika Zibanejad, Center, Ottawa Senators

16. Jonas Brodin, Defense, Minnesota Wild

17. Matt Dumba, Defense, Minnesota Wild

18. Morgan Rielly, Defense, Toronto Maple Leafs

19. Ryan Murray, Defense, Columbus Blue Jackets

20. Sven Baertschi, Left Wing, Calgary Flames

21. Jaden Schwartz, Left Wing, St. Louis Blues

22. Ryan Murphy, Defense, Carolina Hurricanes

23. Kirill Kabanov, Left Wing, New York Islanders

24. Nick Bjugstad, Center, Florida Panthers

25. Brandon Gormley, Defense, Phoenix Coyotes

26. Gustav Nyquist, Right Wing, Detroit Red Wings

27. Calle Jarnkrok, Center, Detroit Red Wings

28. Mark Scheifele, Center, Winnipeg Jets

29. Stanislav Galiev, Left Wing, Washington Capitals

30. Brandon Saad, Left Wing, Chicago Blackhawks

31. Vladislav Namestnikov, Center, Tampa Bay Lightning

32. Chris Kreider, Left Wing, New York Rangers

33. Tyson Barrie, Defense, Colorado Avalanche

34. Rickard Rakell, Right Wing, Anaheim Ducks

35. Joe Morrow, Defense, Pittsburgh Penguins

36. Rocco Grimaldi, Center, Florida Panthers

37. Jon Merrill, Defense, New Jersey Devils

38. Pontus Aberg, Left Wing, Nashville Predators

39. Radek Faksa, Center, Dallas Stars

40. Sebastian Collberg, Right Wing, Montreal Canadiens

41. Mark Barberio, Defense, Tampa Bay Lightning

42. Jacob Trouba, Defense, Winnipeg Jets

43. Cody Ceci, Defense, Ottawa Senators

44. Tomas Jurco, Right Wing, Detroit Red Wings

45. Zemgus Girgensons, Center, Buffalo Sabres

46. Roman Cervenka, Center, Calgary Flames

47. Kyle Palmieri, Right Wing, Anaheim Ducks

48. Charlie Coyle, Center, Minnesota Wild

49. Alexander Khokhlachev, Center, Boston Bruins

50. Brandon Pirri, Center, Chicago Blackhawks

51. Jakob Silfverberg, Right Wing, Ottawa Senators

52. Johan Larsson, Center, Minnesota Wild

53. Zack Phillips, Center, Minnesota Wild

54. Ryan Spooner, Center, Boston Bruins

55. Tomas Tatar, Left Wing, Detroit Red Wings

56. Joe Colborne, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs

57. Nathan Beaulieu, Defense, Montreal Canadiens

58. Brian Dumoulin, Defense, Pittsburgh Penguins

59. Mattias Ekholm, Defense, Nashville Predators

60. William Karlsson, Center, Anaheim Ducks

61. Torey Krug, Defense, Boston Bruins

62. Joel Armia, Right Wing, Buffalo Sabres

63. Mark McNeill, Center, Chicago Blackhawks

64. Tyler Toffoli, Right Wing, Los Angeles Kings

65. Emerson Etem, Left Wing, Anaheim Ducks

66. Ivan Telegin, Center, Winnipeg Jets

67. Brock Nelson, Center, New York Islanders

68. Simon Despres, Defense, Pittsburgh Penguins

69. Corban Knight, Right Wing, Florida Panthers

70. Mark Stone, Right Wing, Ottawa Senators

71. Reilly Smith, Right Wing, Dallas Stars

72. Matt Donovan, Defense, New York Islanders

73. Calvin De Haan, Defense, New York Islanders

74. Nikita Kucherov, Right Wing, Tampa Bay Lightning

75. Griffin Reinhart, Defense, New York Islanders

76. Hampus Lindholm, Defense, Anaheim Ducks

77. Connor Murphy, Defense, Phoenix Coyotes

78. Oscar Klefbom, Defense, Edmonton Oilers

79. Cory Conacher, Left Wing, Tampa Bay Lightning

80. Ty Rattie, Right Wing, St. Louis Blues

81. Drew Shore, Center, Florida Panthers

82. Beau Bennett, Right Wing, Pittsburgh Penguins

83. J.T. Brown, Right Wing, Tampa Bay Lightning

84. Tomas Hertl, Center, San Jose Sharks

85. Derek Forbort, Defense Los Angeles Kings

86. Scott Mayfield, Defense, New York Islanders

87. Shane Prince, Left Wing, Ottawa Senators

88. Nicklas Jensen, Right Wing, Vancouver Canucks

89. Sami Vatanen, Defense, Anaheim Ducks

90. Jeremy Morin, Left Wing, Chicago Blackhawks

91. Damien Brunner, Right Wing, Detroit Red Wings

92. Alex Petrovic, Defense, Florida Panthers

93. Michael St. Croix, Center, New York Rangers

94. John Gaudreau, Left Wing, Calgary Flames

95. Matt Finn, Defense, Toronto Maple Leafs

96. Ludvig Bystrom, Defense, Dallas Stars

97. Olli Maatta, Defense, Pittsburgh Penguins

98. T.J. Tynan, Center, Columbus Blue Jackets

99. Michael Sgarbossa, Center, Colorado Avalanche

100. Paul Postma, Defense, Winnipeg Jets

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Jensen should definately be higher up - he's already had success in the AHL playoffs with 4 goals in 6 games which is remarkable, and his game is built for the NHL.

I'm also surprised Gaunce didn't get a mention. Mistake me if I'm wrong, but he was the 2nd best center to go at this last NHL draft.

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Grigorenko and Galchenyuk? Both top end talents with Grigs dropping 8 or 10 spots lower than expected for some reason unknown to many.

Gaunce was 2knd rated Canadian centre I believe...

Jensen should definately be higher up - he's already had success in the AHL playoffs with 4 goals in 6 games which is remarkable, and his game is built for the NHL.

I'm also surprised Gaunce didn't get a mention. Mistake me if I'm wrong, but he was the 2nd best center to go at this last NHL draft.

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And who was it on CDC, Deniro?

Who suggested a Leaf trade of Lou to T.O. in exchange for swapping our 1st round pic (ultimately Gaunce) for the Leafs #5 ovreall so we could pick Grigorenko?

But hey; According to Burke they scored the guy they would have picked #1 overall (Morgan Reilly). Why would they want a goalie...

Grigorenko and Galchenyuk? Both top end talents with Grigs dropping 8 or 10 spots lower than expected for some reason unknown to many.

Gaunce was 2knd rated Canadian centre I believe...

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I'm guessing Kassian isn't a prospect anymore then.

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Jensen should definately be higher up - he's already had success in the AHL playoffs with 4 goals in 6 games which is remarkable, and his game is built for the NHL.

I'm also surprised Gaunce didn't get a mention. Mistake me if I'm wrong, but he was the 2nd best center to go at this last NHL draft.

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Pronman did say that Jensen would've been ranked much higher (he likes Jensen's skillset and upside) if it wasn't for the consistency issue.

Pronman also said that it's really hard to evaluate Canucks' prospects because they are "mysterious" but with intriguing upside. (free agent signings like Tanev and Lack and late round picks like Corrado, Grenier etc.)

Also, this list excludes goaltenders.

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Joe Colborne at 56? And the fact that Lack doesn't even make the list is a joke.

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This is a big problem for this team that MG still has not fixed. I just don't understand why this team still has issues drafting decent prospects. Only one in the top 100? Even Detroit who have had low picks for years have 6 or 7 in their.

I've hated watching the world juniors the last few years and seeing no Canuck drafts (Hodgson the exception) year after year.

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Joe Colborne at 56? And the fact that Lack doesn't even make the list is a joke.

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This is a big problem for this team that MG still has not fixed. I just don't understand why this team still has issues drafting decent prospects. Only one in the top 100? Even Detroit who have had low picks for years have 6 or 7 in their.

I've hated watching the world juniors the last few years and seeing no Canuck drafts (Hodgson the exception) year after year.

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I'm guessing Kassian isn't a prospect anymore then.

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Lack of Canucks aside.

This list is pretty much, fail.

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From the response article by our very own Canucks Army: They Don't Know Everything (sort of).

Generally speaking there isn't as much prospect coverage in hockey as there is in the other major North American sports (football, baseball and basketball). It's kind of weird because, unlike the NHL: the NCAA, CHL, AHL and the European leagues tend to consistently start their seasons on time. Amazing!

Luckily for hockey obsessives, Corey Pronman of ESPN and Hockey Prospectus works long hours and manages to satiate our need for prospect information. Today over at Hockey Prospectus, Pronman released his "Top-100 Prospects" list, and the individuals in the Canucks pipeline, well, they didn't fare too well...

Needless to say, the performance of Vancouver's prospects on Pronman's top-100 list isn't very flattering. Only one Canucks prospect, 2011 first round pick Nicklas Jensen, even cracked the top-100 and he was ranked 88th! Yikes. I expect that those Canucks fans who are obsessed about the club getting older, "windows closing" and so forth, will knee-jerk into "Mike Gillis hasn't drafted an impact player, he should only pick Vancouver Giants and BC born players and why oh why did the team trade Cody Hodgson," mode.

Maybe those sorts of fans are right, but I don't see any reason to panic about the lack of depth or quality in Vancouver's system. First of all, while Jensen's ranking seems low, as Pronman explained on Twitter his actual talent level is higher than his relatively low ranking indicates:

Pronman's appraisal here is consistent with what I concluded from watching Jensen closely with the Oshawa Generals last season:

Secondly, the strength of Vancouver's system is their two bluechip goaltending prospects: Joe Cannata and Eddie Lack. Pronman's rankings don't regard goaltenders very highly (not even Jakub Markstrom cracks the top-100) because they take forever to develop, and are nigh impossible to accurately evaluate when they're 19 and 20 years old.

Thirdly, a top-100 list like Pronman's, is a collection of the highest-end prospects in hockey. Arguably the lack of Canucks prospects on the list reflects the fact that the Canucks haven't picked in the top-half of the first round since 2008, and habitually trade their mid-round picks at the trade deadline. It also hurts that they narrowly lost out on acquiring the services of West Kelowna's Justin Schultz (ranked #12)...

That said, at some point teams need to find value outside of the first round. Teams like the Red Wings, for example, manage to do so consistently. Arguably the Canucks have done alright in this respect, it's just that the prospects who may make this list in future years are still "low-certainty" guys.

What I mean to say is that organizationally, the Canucks' pipeline is stronger than the pedestrian appearance of their individual prospects on Pronman's top-100. Pronman himself ranked the team #24 in his organizational rankings earlier this summer, explaining:

Prospects like Alexandre Grenier, Frank Corrado, Patrick McNally and Joseph LaBate (all of whom were taken outside of the first 60 picks in the draft), have the upside to crack top-100 prospect lists going forward. But there's still a lot of variance in their projections.

Look, no one is going to describe Vancouver's prospect pipeline as being "elite" any time soon. But the team's future just isn't as bleak as some might have you believe, and I'd urge you not to over-react to the lack of Canucks prospects who made the cut for this years edition of Pronman's top-100.

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Only a single Vancouver Canuck on this list...and only 87 prospects ranked higher.

Cue the "they don't know anything!" crowd.

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