Prospect Ramblings – Formidable Opponent

Pat Quinn



Welcome to the Thursday Ramblings where I thought I would bring back a classic (again), and the best Photoshop skills this side of North America. I figure since I do not get many fantasy hockey questions I would just ask myself some, since I am the smartest person I know sitting on my computer right now.


First I need to start with my #GoodTweet of the week:


{source} <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>If it is opportunity he is after I have some bad news about joining that Vegas roster <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Pat Quinn (not that one) (@FHPQuinn) <a href=””>July 24, 2019</a></blockquote>{/source}



Now on to the Questions and Answer section!





Q1: Where would you rank Nikita Gusev against the 2019 draft, present and future?


A: I did steal this from the Dobber Forum (and answered it) but I want to elaborate on it a little more and add for present and future:

If Gusev plays in the NHL, and signs on a team where the top six is not already set (ie. Vegas), he will get the most points of the 2019 draft players for the first two to three years. He is 27 and more physically (and mentally) mature than anyone available.

If you are looking to win you league in the next one to three seasons you should add him now as the price will be much easier to handle with the uncertainty around him leaving to the KHL if he does not get his contract demands. Also if you look to acquire him now, do not pay a huge fee as there is no guarantee he stays.

If your team is rebuilding than easily take any one of Kakko or Hughes one or two, and Turcotte three.

If I was to put Gusev in the mix I would rank it:

  • Jack Hughes
  • Kaapo Kakko
  • Nikita Gusev
  • Alex Turcotte
  • Bowen Byram (but if D is not that important choose any one of Kirby Dach, Dylan Cozens or Trevor Zegras)

Guaranteed Gusev will post the most points of any 2019 draftee for at least three seasons, as long as he is on a team that believes in his skill. It is unknown if Vegas does



Q2: Rank these defense prospects (Upside and Opportunity): Makar, Hughes, Fox, Boqvist and Merkley


A: This is a tough one, but there we go

Upside (points only not multi-cat):

  • Ryan Merkley
  • Cale Makar
  • Quinn Hughes
  • Adam Boqvist
  • Adam Fox

I do actually believe, if developed properly Merkley would have the best upside of these five defensemen, but then the problem comes with his:


Opportunity (who is in front of the player and how long until they would be in a top role:

  • Quinn Hughes – Who could take 1PP time away from him on Vancouver? Edler?
  • Adam Boqvist – He does have Erik Gustavsson in front of him (and other prospects slightly behind him) but with his draft pedigree he should be given the 1PP spot sooner than later
  • Cale Makar – He will forever battle Sam Girard and Bowen Byram for 1PP time, but with how awesome all three are they appear like all three can top 50 points in a season
  • Adam Fox – Shattenkirk is still ahead of him on the roster AND the Rangers gave Trouba so much money so they may put him on the 1PP. As good as Fox he will not see 1PP time until the Rangers move Shattenkirk and keep Trouba off of the 1PP
  • Ryan Merkley – All he has right now in front of him is eight years of Karlsson and seven years of Burns. Good luck getting a chance unless one of those players are moved


Overall (adding both up):

  • Quinn Hughes
  • Cale Makar
  • Adam Boqvist
  • Adam Fox
  • Ryan Merkley (If one of Karlsson or Burns are moved by the time he is ready I would bump him to #2)



Q3: Best Ducks prospect to own out of Steel, Comtois, Zegras, Terry, Lundestrom and Jones


A: Well this question is vaguely defined, let me define it with some parameters:

No position