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This morning on Twitter, Brian Costello from The Hockey News (@bcostellothn) pimped the upcoming 2012 issue of their much ballyhooed Future Watch.
The premise of Future Watch is simple: the staff at THN ranks the 75 best prospects who are under the age of 21 and have already been drafted by a NHL team. It also gives a letter grade to each NHL organization on the strength of their system.Per Costello's tweets:
As an organization, only the Edmonton Oilers received a higher letter grade (A+), despite the fact that they only have one prospect on the 75 player list. With their A- grade, the Senators tied the Panthers, Avalanche and Ducks but with five players on the list, they also have more quantity than any of these respective teams. For what it's worth, Minnesota led the league with six prospects but for whatever reason, the Wild only received a B+ grade.
Now by no means is this list some authoritative guide nor does it ensure that all of Ottawa's prospects will fulfill their promise. Nevertheless, it's somewhat vindicating to see a third party acknowledge the impressive collection of young talent that Bryan Murray's scouting staff has assembled.
The following tweet is just the cherry on top.
Other News of Pithy Importance:
- The NHL has fined Erik Karlsson $2,500 for his slash on Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim.
- After backup netminder Tuuka Rask suffered a lower abdomen/groin strain, the Bruins inked Turco to a pro-rated contract but he has to pass through waivers before he can play for the B's. Fluto Shinzawa (Fluto?!) of the Boston Globe frets that Ottawa could go all Garth Snow/Nabokov on the Bruins and disrupt whatever success they have down the stretch by putting in a claim on goaltender Marty Turco.
One waiver wild card could be Ottawa. The Senators are without Craig Anderson, who is sidelined because of a hand injury. Although the Senators don’t necessarily need Turco, they could hurt the Bruins by claiming him. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is a former colleague of Ottawa counterpart Bryan Murray. Chiarelli was Ottawa’s assistant GM in 2005-06 when Murray was the coach.
Ummm, yeah. At this point in time, in consideration of Turco's age and general shittiness, it's probably a more worthwhile endeavour to let the Bruins play Turco in meaningful games down the stretch.
Brian Costello from The Hockey News writing this:
Just wanted to clear a few things up. Most importantly, this list isn't determined by the guys in the office here in Toronto. We actually canvass the head scout and/or GM and/or director of player personnel from each of the 30 NHL teams to get each organization's top 10 list. We then get this panel of experts to put together a top 75 list from the list of 300 prospects. Fourteen of the 30 NHL executives participated in this annual study. To me, that's about as authoritative as it gets. I do not purport, like my associates in the office, to be a scout or have any sense of how these young players will mature in the next 5-10 years. That's why we go to the experts -- the NHL scouts paid to monitor their progress. In other words, The Hockey News is the middleman in the relaying of this information.
Also, the team report cards are based on each team's top 10 prospects and 21-and-under NHLers. That's why Edmonton (with the likes of Hall, Eberle, RNH, etc.) finished first and Minnesota (with six top 75 prospects, but just one 21-and-under NHLer) finished 7th. Ottawa, with its strong prospect list and Karlsson and Cowen 21-and-under-NHLers, finished 5th. The grades were also determined by our panel of 14 NHL executives.
Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to clarify our Future Watch rankings and grades.
Compared to Toronto we should be placed that high. There are many decent players coming up for Ottawa in the coming years. Should be interesting to see who actually works out.
Is The Hockey News even relevant for their talent analysis? I don't understand where they derive their authority on this matter.
@fmblair They aren't what they used to be in the Bob McKenzie days. They tend to be more "buzz" oriented than anything else
Got the issue in the mail a few days ago. Ziba is #5 IIRC, Kuznetsov #1. Lehner was also really high
@Chris Keating Yeah, one of our Twitter followers @Brochenski just mentioned that they received the issue last week. Zibanejad was 5th. Lehner 20th. Stone 45th. Silfverberg was in the 60s and Noesen just squeaked into the top 75.