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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:59 pm 
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http://www.sportingnews.com/us/nhl/news ... wsb8fha2ct

Just another list, but interesting nonetheless. Pettersson ranked #1.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:17 pm 
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Even if they're ranking based on NHL readiness, I think Dahlin has to be number one. Sure, scoring forwards have it easier than defencemen early in their careers, but Dahlin is a one-of-a-kind talent. And Svech over Dahlin is ridiculous.

Otherwise it's a weird list just because the draft is so fresh and they've re-ordered the whole thing. No way Veleno should be ranked higher than Kotkaniemi and Hayton. Boqvist that high?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:30 pm 
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I don't know jack shit about prospects and even I know Andrei Svechnikov is not a "Pure scorer in the mold of Kovalchuk and Laine." He's gotten tons of praise because he's just as good a playmaker, I've heard he's basically Malkin if Malkin were a winger full time.

Yeah this list is kinda stupid, but that's not surprising since I think THN likes to put clickbait stuff out there.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:44 pm 
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The rankings seem based on the years they had leading into this coming season. They are ranking Dahlin lower because their assumption is that is impact, being a defenseman will take longer and Pettersson and Shvechnikov. Does anyone really know though? I mean, c'man. Clickbait. :oops:

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Yet still, defenders generally take a bit longer to get adjusted to the NHL, and in the last 55 years, only three teenage defensemen — Denis Potvin, Ray Bourque and Aaron Ekblad — won the Calder Trophy in their first post-draft season. That’s not to say Dahlin won’t contribute and likely out-produce most rookie rearguards. The chances are greater, however, that any of the aforementioned forwards will end up exceeding expectations and produce a Calder-winning season.


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