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San Jose Top 10 Prospects

I’ve been on a bit of a prospects hoarding spree this offseason as eight out of the ten names on this list are new to my team. I feel like I’ve set my team up for continued success with these guys and some others on my list. I definitely don’t expect them all to succeed in the NHL but I think I’m in good shape if even half of them meet their potential. I’m pretty heavy on forwards and I think that’s the way to go in FHL leagues.

 

1. Anthony Duclair

Duclair automatically takes the top spot due to his impressive rookie season in the NHL. He’s on pace for over 20 goals and it looks like he’ll be more of a goal scorer than playmaker at this level due to his terrific shot. He has received a bit of the tough love treatment from Tippett this season as he’s been a 4th liner at times but he’s looked good by most accounts.

Outlook: Probably a staple on my 2nd line in the future

 

2. Mathew Barzal

I’m extremely high on Barzal and that’s why I wasn’t shy of trading a good amount of talent for the pick. He’s been hyped for a long time and by all accounts, he was a steal where he was picked in the NHL draft. Barzal has been the focal point of his junior squad and often dazzles with his speed, creativity and puck control. The only thing that will stop him from being a star is how well he’ll handle the physicality of the NHL in my opinion.

Outlook: A top 2 centre for the Sharks

 

3. Travis Konecny

He was the centrepiece of my Morgan Rielly trade. He could very well have the most upside of any of my prospects. After impressing this season with the 67’s, he has turned it on like crazy since arriving in Sarnia. His skating and flashiness can be mesmerizing and he really has nothing left to prove in the OHL. The Flyers will give him a serious look next season and if his size doesn’t hinder him, he’ll be a fantastic pro.

Outlook: A potential top line winger

 

4. Thomas Chabot

Chabot’s hype has increase ten-fold after an impressive WJHC showing for Canada. He has a terrific frame, great skating ability and a good puck skills. If he continues to develop, he’ll be someone that’ll compliment Karlsson in Ottawa for years to come. While improved, he’ll need to keep working on his physicality and defensive coverage.

Outlook: A potential top pairing dman

 

5. Sebastian Aho

Aho is another player whose hype has shot up after the WJHC. He was the glue that held together the Finnish top line along with Laine and Puljujarvi. However, while the WJHC put him on the global spotlight, Aho has been tearing it up in the Liiga as well. He has also impressed while called up for the Men’s National Team. Aho is an all-around player who oozes hockey sense. I had to give up another impressive prospect in Hunter Shinkaruk to get him but I personally feel that Aho is a better bet to make the NHL in some capacity. He’s not the biggest player and he’ll have to prove that he can adapt to the North American game.

Outlook: A 2nd line winger if he adapts well

 

6. Vladislav Kamenev

Kamenev has always been a bit of an unknown for me ever since I drafted him. I really hadn’t seen him much and I didn’t know what to expect. Since then, he has definitely justified my pick. He was called to be Russia’s captain this year at the WJHC and scored a bunch of goals as well. He plays a power game but not necessarily physical. Look for him to be a Predator sooner rather than later as he can play the entire 200ft. I feel like he still has lots of untapped upside. He’ll be an exciting player to follow in the coming years.

Outlook: A 2nd or 3rd line centre who can hopefully slide to wing as well

 

7. Ryan Pulock

Pulock was the key asset for me in the Okposo deal. I feel like he’s on the verge of cementing a long career with the Islanders. They been extremely patient with him and are grooming him for an immediate impact with the big club. Pulock is having a bit of a down season with Bridgeport as he isn’t finding the same shooting lanes that he enjoyed last season. However, that monster shot hasn’t gone anywhere and with the forward talent in Long Island, he’ll definitely be a weapon on the Islanders powerplay in the future. I see an Adrian Aucoin type of career for him.

Outlook: A 2nd pairing PP triggerman

 

8. Nikolay Goldobin

Acquired from the Nyquist trade, Goldobin is the type of prospect that I don’t mind collecting, high risk/high reward. His offensive abilities are tremendous but he lacks the physical stature and the defensive ability for a coach to trust him with top minutes. He has shown a better defensive conscience as the year has been progressing with the AHL Sharks though and a call-up could be close. His potential isn’t being realized at the moment with that offensively challenged AHL squad but his skills are undeniable. The Sharks will give him all the opportunities in the world as they’ll eventually need to transition from the Thornton/Marleau era.

Outlook: A 2nd line winger with 1st line upside

 

9. Ivan Barbashev

Barbashev was the secondary piece in the Okposo trade but he’s nothing to sneeze at. Barbashev has good size and skills and shows a good two-way game. He started off on fire in the AHL but has since cooled down. Nonetheless, the Blues are excited about his potential and I believe that he’ll be at least a 3rd line player in the NHL. There are some questions about how much offensive ability he has but I think those concerns are a bit overblown.

Outlook: A 3rd line winger on the Sharks with 2nd line upside

 

10. Jack Roslovic

Rounding out my top 10 is Jack Roslovic, who enters the organization via the Morgan Rielly trade. He is one of the most unknown 1st round prospects out there but he has proven his draft slot with a great freshman season on the offensively challenged Miami (Ohio) squad. He has factored into a ton of his team’s scoring and has shown flashy ability and playmaking prowess. The Jets like him a lot and I think his game will transition well to the pros. The only question is if he has the upside to centre a top 2 line.

Outlook: A 2nd or 3rd line centre

 

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