Prospect Ramblings – Pacific Top Prospects – February 8, 2018

Pat Quinn

2018-02-08

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Welcome back, it is the Thursday action ramblings.

 

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I was reading through the TSN site Tuesday and came across Craig Button’s top 50 NHL prospects article (Button is always a must read even if you greatly disagree with him), and in the article was a top five prospects for each Canadian team. That got me thinking that I should do my own! But instead of top five for Canadian teams I will do my personal top five fantasy prospects for ALL teams… but it’ll be in four parts separated by divisions.

 

These will be best prospects I think for future fantasy relevance, NHL wait-time will not matter for more developed prospects (i.e. KHL players who may not come over for a few years). There will be a few cases where I will include prospects with NHL games played as I feel they have not been given a fair shake to prove themselves or have begun to hit their potential yet. Also I am bound to randomly forget some so if you feel I grossly missed someone let me know in the comments and I can either feel shame or think you are wrong.

 

PACIFIC

 

Anaheim

  1. Sam Steel
  2. Jacob Larsson
  3. Max Jones
  4. Kevin Roy
  5. Troy Terry

 

Notes:

  • If Kevin Roy is given a chance to play meaningful minutes I believe he can score in the NHL, he just needs the ice time
  • Watch Ondrej Kase in the future, if he gets a top six spot he will produce in that role

 

Arizona

  1. Nick Merkley
  2. Pierre-Olivier Joseph
  3. Dylan Strome
  4. Tyler Steenbergen
  5. Conor Garland

 

Notes:

  • A lot of Arizona’s prospects are currently in the NHL as NHLers and are being given a chance to play (Perlini, Dvorak, Keller, Chychrun, Fischer), so the system in its current form looks barren 
  • The potential for Strome is still there but I just do not see his skating as being NHL-worthy to even get out of the AHL

 

Calgary

  1. Rasmus Andersson
  2. Oliver Kylington
  3. Adam Fox
  4. Andrew Mangiapane
  5. Juuso Valimaki

 

Notes:

  • Honourable mention: Tyler Parson’s – he would be on here higher if the Flames goalie system was not well stocked and goalie development patterns were not voodoo
  • Morgan Klimchuk may yet be able to carve out an NHL career
  • The Flames have incredibly envious young depth on the back end, rivaled only by Anaheim's draft history, but all three look to be legitimate top three defense