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THN's 2013 Futures Watch

Finally, some hockey publications have arrived before the season. The Future Watch segment is an ongoing segment in every annual yearbook. I do not know what constitutes being eligible for being a prospect under THN's rules as I think some prospects should be there aren't.

2013 – 14 THN’s Yearbook

Futures Watch Top 10

Rank

2012

Rank

Pos

Player

1

7

G

John Gibson

2

1

D

Hampus Lindholm

3

2

C

Rikard Rakell

4

6

D

Sami Vatanen

5

NR

D

Shea Theodore

6

NA

RW

Stefan Noesen

7

8

C

Peter Holland

8

9

C

William Karlsson

9

NR

RW

Nick Sorensen

10

NR

C

Chris Wagner

This year's list has one position I disagree with and that is Noesen as a RW because he is listed as a LW in Plymouth's official site, his former junior team. Rakell is now listed as a center, yay! Wagner has been flip flopping forward positions. Anyhow, Silf and Etem are not on that prospects list. Etem played 38 NHL games and Silf played a bit more, but it was their first season in the NHL. Holland, over the past two seasons, has played in 25 games. So is the criteria 30 games? 35 games? What actually causes a prospect to stop being a prospect? It just seems odd because I don't believe Silf or Etem are established consistencies at the NHL level. By the way, Kerdiles is missing on that top 10 list.

Let us compare this year's top 10 with last year's top 10 list.

2012 – 13 THN’s Yearbook

Futures Watch Top 10

Rank

2011

Rank

Pos

Player

1

NA

D

Hampus Lindholm

2

6

RW

Rikard Rakell

3

1

RW

Kyle Palmieri

4

6

LW

Nicolas Kerdiles

5

2

RW

Emerson Etem

6

8

D

Sami Vatanen

7

7

G

John Gibson

8

4

C

Peter Holland

9

NR

C

William Karlsson

10

NR

LW

Max Friberg

I do not comprehend how Kerdiles simply drops out of the top 10 when he improved the Badgers greatly to become a playoff team! Also, goalie Andersen was snubbed as he showed great poise for playing in Norfolk where fellow teammate Wagner was nominated to be a top 10 prospect. It's very odd because goalie Gibson made a jump to the top of the prospects list for standing on his head in juniors and worlds, but Andersen standing on his head at the AHL level received no love what so ever.

If you do want a more competent top 10 or top 20, then you should read Hockey Future's Top 20 by Jason Lewis.

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