Prospect Ramblings – Metro top five prospects – March 8 2018

Pat Quinn

2018-03-08

 

Thursday ramblings time, but THIS time I am sure there will be no glaring mistakes like last week. Also I should probably apologize for being a non-smart person last week and somehow thinking The Atlantic division and Metro division had merged / traded two teams.

 

To start this week I will go over Detroit, and then get into the real metro division and the teams’ top five prospects. Hopefully it all works out this time.

 

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Well now I have to finish the Atlantic from last week and no sadly Detroit and Carolina did not get traded between divisions. That would be an interesting hockey wrinkle though, a team that cannot solve its goaltending mess for a team that is stuck on its merits instead of blowing it all up.

 

Detroit

  1. Michael Rasmussen
  2. Evgeny Svechnikov
  3. Filip Hronek
  4. Dennis Cholowski
  5. Vili Saarijarvi

 

Notes:

  • With Tyler Bertuzzi being told to stay in Detroit in December, they value him as an NHLer
  • With Svechnikov struggling the Red Wings’ prospect cupboard really does not look great, even with 11 picks in 2017 as I was not a fan of many of their picks
  • Hronek and Cholowski do look good, but both are in their overage seasons and SHOULD be putting up great numbers
  • Dominic Turgeon does look like he can be an NHLer, not a scoring NHLer but at least someone who can play bottom minutes
  • Axel Holmstrom has the skills but just can’t seem to put it all together in the AHL currently

 

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Well look who ACTUALLY belongs in the Metro, first up a repeat of last week so feel free to skip ahead if you read last week’s ramblings by me

 

Carolina

  1. Martin Necas
  2. Julien Gauthier
  3. Valentin Zykov
  4. Warren Foegele
  5. Nicolas Roy

 

Notes:

  • Honourable mention to Jake Bean, Janne Kuokkanen, and Eetu Luostarinen
  • The Hurricanes are an incredibly frustrating team. They have so many great prospects but won’t make a move to improve their NHL team, unless it means they can trade with the Blackhawks
  • This team needs a number one centre and count me on the pessimistic side that he won’t be good enough to be a number one, but I do think he can become a great number two centre
  • I am very sad Sergey Tolchinsky is just not busting through in the AHL as I really wanted that kid to succeed, great heart, skill and character

 

Columbus

  1. Vitali Abramov
  2. Sonny Milano
  3. Alexandre Texier
  4. Kole Sherwood
  5. Kevin Stenlund

 

Notes:

  • Abramov is such a skilled player but the problems in his game lie in his small frame (shouldn’t be a problem) and he is not that great at skating. If he can improve his skating he will be a top six NHLer
  • Milano is just starting to find his footing in the NHL but seems to be more of a middle six forward
  • Texier was a dark horse favorite pick of mine in the 2017 draft I am glad Columbus picked him up
  • I do not think this prospect pool is that great, but that is accounting for the team’s best young players being on the roster already

 

New York Islanders

  1. Ilya Sorokin