JamesB Posted May 17, 2015 Share Posted May 17, 2015 Hockey's Future just came out with its Spring 2015 Prospect Rankings. (This does not include players in the 2015 draft, and it does not include guys who have made the NHL as regulars, like Horvat. Baertschi also seems to have passed the threshold to be considered.) The top player is Sam Reinhart. Only one Canuck is in the top 50, That is Jake Virtanen at #31, way behind Ehlers (#3), Nylander (#11) and Ritchie (#19). It is disappointing to see Virtanen rated well below guys picked after him in the draft, but I can't disagree. Here is how the Canuck prospects are rated: 1. Virtanen 2. McCann 3. Demko 4. Cassels 5. Jensen 6. Shinkaruk 7. Clendening 8. Gaunce 9. Kenins 10. Corrado 11. Grenier 12. Tryamkin 13. Pedan 14. McEneny 15. Subban 16. Hutton 17. Eriksson 18. Petit 19. Cederholm There is a lot to disagree with on this list. But the interesting thing is that Cassels (a third round pick) has moved ahead of first round picks Jensen, Shinkaruk, and Gaunce. Clendening was a second round pick. According to their numbers Cassels has the same numerical score and letter grade as McCann, at 7.5 C, which translates roughly into "could be a second-liner or maybe a third liner but should become an NHL regular somewhere in the lineup". This is what you expect for a low first round pick. In other posts I have suggested that the data shows that as a 19-year old Cassels performed at about the level of low first round pick -- i.e. he performed like a guy picked in the bottom third of the first round in his draft year. However, Jensen, Shinkaruk and Gaunce are performing more like second rounders than low first rounders. Looking at the overall prospect pool, it has improved due to bringing in new players like Clendening, Baertschi and Pedan. And last year's draft was good, as was the 2013 draft (given that Horvat, Cassels and Subban were in it). But the progress of players in the system was not great. The only guy who really overachieved was Cassels. And Grenier finally made his way back onto the radar screen. And there are no likely potential first liners in the pool. Virtanen is rated as 8D which means "could be a first liner but probably won't." One strange thing is that McCann is ahead of Cassels in the overall list, but Cassels is ahead of McCann in the centers list. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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