Nail Yakupov is the best NHL prospect on the planet. Corey Pronman has gained a lot of notice over the last 24 months for his insight into NHL prospects and his latest list has Edmonton’s #1 overall pick right at the top. And that’s not all!
Pronman’s list is here and is a fascinating look at the best ‘bubbling under’ kids who will eventually dominate the NHL. Lots of lottery picks in there, but also a few players who were drafted later and then emerged as quality talents:
- #12 Justin Schultz: This was a grand item for the Oilers. Schultz hasn’t played in front of us but everything we read is golden. A complete skill set–coaching staffs rave about play with and without the puck–and a mature player too.
- #78 Oscar Klefbom: Wonderful progress in the calendar year 2012 for this player. In the back half of 2011-12, Klefbom moved up the depth chart and became a go-to guy in the post-season. So far this season (3, 0-0-0 +2) Klefbom has been all over the place in terms of minutes played (12:48, 25:17, 15:40) but is averaging about 18 minutes a night.
- just missed: Martin Marincin: This is an important player for the Oilers future. Marincin is a 2nd rd pick and he’s progressed nicely through junior. If he can adapt to the AHL game, we might see Marincin and Klefbom push for NHL employment as early as 2013-14.
PROSPECTS JUNKIES ALERT!
Bob McKenzie has his "Pre-Season" draft ranking tonight at 5:30 on tsn. It gives Edmontonians a chance to get a first glance at the top level talent available this year, and then a chance to see one of the best (Curtis Lazar) in action for the Oil Kings at Rexall place.
UPDATE: McKenzie’s top 10 is here.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
Hockey’s back! The big boys will get their act together soon, but in the meantime there are other things in life to enjoy. Like Bob McKenzie!