Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Hockey's Future Ranks The Caps' Prospects

Hockey's Future has released it's current ranking of the Caps' Top 20 Prospects, and Karl Alzner makes his debut all the way up at number two (Nicklas Backstrom is number one).

Obviously Eric Fehr's back and Simeon Varlamov's sparkling 5.25 GAA and .741 save percentage at the Super Series haven't scared HF too much, as they are ranked third and fourth, respectively. Also of note, given that Jeff Schultz has already shown that he's able to handle himself at the NHL level, the fact that he's only ranked 8th 11th speaks to the quality of the high-end talent in the system (either that or a lack of appreciation for Schultz's game).

Here's a quick look at the Top 20 (click through for a paragraph on each), with their previous rank in parens:
  1. (1) Nicklas Backstrom, C
  2. (NR) Karl Alzner, D
  3. (2) Eric Fehr, RW
  4. (3) Semen Varlamov, G
  5. (4) Francois Bouchard, C/RW
  6. (6) Michal Neuvirth, G
  7. (5) Tomas Fleischmann, LW
  8. (10) Keith Seabrook, D
  9. (7) Chris Bourque, F
  10. (11) Oskar Osala, LW
  11. (8) Jeff Schultz, D
  12. (17) Mathieu Perreault, C
  13. (NR) Josh Godfrey, D
  14. (NR) Teddy Ruth, D
  15. (9) Patrick McNeill, D
  16. (NR) Phil DeSimone, C
  17. (14) Sasha Pokulok
  18. (15) Andrew Gordon, RW
  19. (12) Sami Lepisto, D
  20. (16) Travis Morin, C


Marky Narc said...

And Flash drops two more spots. Everyone was more than a little surprised last time they ranked our prospects and Bouchard landed above Fleischmann. Now Bjork is ahead of him as well.

Also - Klepis is considereed graduated? A guess 66 games is enough.

Old Bob said...

Schultz was ranked 8th last year. He is 11th this year.

JP said...

Thanks, OB - that's what I get for posting pre-coffee.

NS said...

any chance we see Bouchard or Bourque in the lineup this year?

b.orr4 said...

Where's Dvogan? If McNeil on the list then certainly Victor's got to be there as well.

Anonymous said...

Hey, the site looks great, JP. Nice re-design.

As for the list, it's iffy, to put it mildly.

- Empty Maybe

Tyler said...

Very iffy. Just judging from what I saw at rookie camp, Joe Finley's a top-20 kid. Heck, he oughta be in a top 20 on body alone.

JP said...

Yep - just one dude's opinion, no more credible than most of ours, really.