Pipeline #6: Montreal https://t.co/ZkIUHMdO47
– Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) August 24, 2023
For the past few days, Corey Pronman has been ranking the NHL’s best banks of young players. The under-23s (as of mid-September) are all eligible for inclusion in the rankings.
Nick Suzuki, Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, Jordan Harris and Jesse Ylönen, to name but a few, are therefore not eligible to be ranked… but they are young nonetheless.
Unsurprisingly, since NHL experience doesn’t matter in the rankings, it’s Cole Caufield who comes out on top. He was the obvious choice, let’s face it.
Juraj Slafkovsky and David Reinbacher, the CH’s two most recent first-round picks, round out the top-3. These are, in terms of potential, fairly logical picks in my eyes.
Some see Reinbacher as a bit high, but I think he’s right where he belongs.
That said, there are two names that could be ahead of Justin Barron, but aren’t.
- Rank 8: Lane Hutson
- Not ranked in the top 18: Logan Mailloux
I’m not one of those who think Hutson is ahead of Reinbacher in the prospect hierarchy, but I am one of those who see Hutson ahead of Barron, for example. For me, this is a hot take on the part of the journalist.
After all, he may be small, but the potential is high – which Pronman obviously recognizes, don’t worry. I’d have seen him ahead of Newhook and Barron, I think… although I don’t disagree with the points made for all that.
Hutson is a good skater, but not elite for his size. Size remains the main issue, as well as how he’ll play defensively against NHL speed and size.
Coaches could use him by being careful to see who he plays against in the NHL, but his offensive talent could lead to a great NHL career. – Corey Pronman
Mailloux’s case is also interesting.
After all, many see him in their soup, but let’s just say that Pronman isn’t the first prospect specialist to see deficiencies in the London Knights product’s game.
Both share the same observation: Mailloux is overvalued right now → https://t.co/WWtwIzfIDc
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 19, 2023
Above all, it’s Mailloux’s field hockey sense that the journalist takes issue with… and the “situation” surrounding it. He says he ranked Mailloux in the “has a chance to play” category because he didn’t get the green light, when he was ranked, to play in the NHL.
Basically, he must not like hope that much – and that’s his right, of course. But not to see him in front of Filip Mesar, for example, is special.
– Our colleague Mitch Giguère heads for the ECHL. Good luck, Mitch!
Our colleague @Mitch_Giguere is heading to the ECHL with the Penguins-affiliated Wheeling Nailers!
His entire family, who follows him to the U.S., is excited about the new challenge.
Mitch told us he’s very excited to be joining an organization that deals… https://t. co/Zru0r39UTw
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 24, 2023
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Big news day at the NHL/NHLPA Tour, plus interviews with William Nylander and Rasmus Andersson. Enjoy! https://t.co/io7Mr1RceU
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 24, 2023
– It’ll be the talk of the town.
This will be a first since the deal that sent him to Los Angeles in 2020. https://t.co/XfufL5zDl8
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) August 24, 2023
– Obviously, the CH is trying to trade a goalie. [TSN 690]
YES, LAFFY. ☑️ pic.twitter.com/ss0piRU5P4
– New York Rangers (@NYRangers) August 24, 2023