Prospect Ramblings – The Central top 5 – February 15 2018

Pat Quinn


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Welcome to the Thursday ramblings …again. It is time for my top five prospects on the Central teams, hopefully you are excited. Also any prospect moves that happen with the NHL trade deadline looming I will go over as well. As of my writing this first paragraph LA and OTT made a bizarre trade that saves Ottawa money which is all Melnyk wants. Sorry Ottawa fans.


I also realized I should add more to the notes portions for more “reasonings,” but I am a concise writer in my analysis yet long winded in my descriptions. Figure that one oout!


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Just an FYI in my analysis I compare upside with NHL likelihood, as some players may have higher upside but a small chance to translate their game to the NHL.






  1. Henri Jokiharju
  2. Andrei Altybarmakyan
  3. Maxim Shalunov
  4. Dylan Sikura
  5. Matthew Highmore



  • I consider Alex DeBrincat an NHLer now. Kid just scored 20 goals in the NHL, albeit inconsistently because of ice time allotted to him. I had his as a first round pick in 2016 but #Size made him a stolen second round pick for the Blackhawks
  • The Hawks system is pretty gross right now but at least the young players who should be given a chance are being given a chance. Meaning adding anything is difficult
  • Altybarmakyan was such a smart pick by the Hawks, if he comes over he will be a very good player
  • The Hawks need to do whatever they can to get Shalunov over from the KHL, they likely can’t until his next deal runs out but he would be a great addition. Think a slightly less skilled Panarin




  1. Tyson Jost
  2. Cale Makar
  3. Vladislav Kamenev
  4. AJ Greer
  5. Conor Timmins



  • Girard is not counting as a prospect for me anymore because he is trusted with ice time and power play time. The stats may not be there but they soon will be
  • Tyson Jost is considered a prospect for me because he started very slow, went to the AHL, and got hurt. Now he is up in the NHL playing tons of time but not getting the greatest results, in a couple seasons better results will follow
  • I am also considering JT Compher and Alex Kerfoot as NHLers since they are more likely to be good to great bottom six guys than top six guys
  • What happened to Duncan Siemens? He has turned into an AHL defenseman that appears to at best be a five or six NHL defenseman that hits and fights
  • Greer has been slow to come back from injuries so far in 2017-2018, hopefully he can get up to speed soon




  1. Miro Heiskanen
  2. Julius Honka
  3. Valeri Nichushkin
  4. Jason Dickinson
  5. Jason Robertson / Roope Hintz




  • Jason Dickinson is going to be turned into a bottom line player if Hitchcock continues to give him no chances to succeed
  • I wish I could add Denis Gurianov to this list but he has been prett