Prospect Ramblings – Top prospects and top 10 2018 picks

Pat Quinn



Welcome back to the Thursday ramblings. This week is around the mid-point of the season so I decided to go back over my top ranked prospects from the Prospect Report, some top ranked prospects from The Athletic, Dallas underutilizing their young depth, and my top 10 2018 prospects right meow.

But first this song has been stuck in my head all day





Corey Pronman released his “2017-18 midseason Top 50 NHL prospects” over at the Athletic and considering he is a big time follow on twitter and read (if you want to get past the pay wall, I did it is worth it) if you want additional prospect information. I will of course not produce his whole list as I do not want to get anyone in trouble, but his top five are pretty interesting.


From one to five they are (keep in mind this is not fantasy hockey based):

  1. Casey Mittelstadt, C, Buffalo
  2. Eeli Tolvanen, LW, Nashville
  3. Miro Heiskanen, D, Dallas
  4. Martin Necas, C, Carolina
  5. Henrik Borgstrom, C, Florida


I do not find Pronman to be one who increases the statuses dramatically of prospects who are World Junior tournament standouts, but a good tournament always looks good on players.

Mittelstadt, Tolvanen, and Necas are three you will likely find on a majority of scouts top five lists.

Heiskanen was just tearing up the Finnish Elite League but is currently out with an upper body injury.

The more surprising name is Henrik Borgstrom at number five who many people may not have that high, but with Pronman rating him at #5 I may bump him up my personal rankings and try to add him in keepers as he will be cheaper than anyone else in this top five. If you do not know who Borgstrom is, he is routinely on highlight reels for the NCAA and could possibly step into the NHL at the end of this season or full-time for 2018-2019.




When making our own top 50’s here at Dobber Prospects we have to include players who have zero NHL regular season games, so I will give my own updated top five (not including 2018 draftees) after going over my top 10.


My top 10 from the Prospects Report (zero NHL games):

  1. Kirill Kaprizov – Still the best NHL prospect out there in my mind
  2. Nikita Gusev – If he would come over he will be a 60+ scorer
  3. Casey Mittelstadt – I wanted him to be drafted #1 overall to the Devils honestly, but cannot complain with Hischer
  4. Nolan Patrick – Injuries still keeping him down, but will be a solid middle six centre
  5. Nico Hischier – Great player getting zero results offensively
  6. Charlie McAvoy – Arguably the Bruins #1 defenseman right now
  7. Vladislav Shipachov – Well I would say I want a mulligan here but honestly this is more on Vegas mismanagement than anything. Yes I know it looks like Vegas does not need him right now but why sign him in the first place then. I digress.