Last Night Hockey Future's released Part I of the Fall Top 50 Prospects. You can't make everyone happy but here's my take on the list so far.
They have Bobby Sanguinetti and Teddy Purcell listed as honorable mentions. Sanguinetti is a very good offensive defense for the Rangers. With the Brampton Battalion last year, he had 29 goals and 41 assists. Just reading his talent analysis on Hockey Future's, it seems they haven't seen him play and used a quoute from NHL Central Scoting.
Teddy Purcell had a very good rookie year in the AHL after one year at the University of Maine. The 21-year-old had 25 goals and 58 assists in 67 games. I don't know what else Purcell needs to do to get on the list.
One of the biggest surprises was Joe Colborne who was drafted by the Boston Bruins this summer. As a Bruins fan, I liked the pick but I wouldn't put him on the Top 50 list just yet. He will need a strong freshman year at the University of Denver. He has high upside going for him.
Cory Schneider should in the 20-25 range. This guy had an outstanding career with Boston College. Last year, he had a solid year in the American Hockey League. At the end of the year he started to turn it around. He had a 2.28 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.
One player that's rated to high is Kyle Beach at 28th. He isn't going to light it up offensively. A protypical power forward thiat isn't afraid to drop the gloves. It was a great pick by Chicago with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane drafted in 2006 and 2007 respectifully.
The top 25 should be released in the next few days.
That's My Take
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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