New post @theathleticnhl:
Ranking the best NHL prospects and players under the age of 23https://t.co/uJHGeIhpSd
– Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) August 28, 2023
I’m going to start this text by suggesting we play a game.
You’re an NHL GM and you have to build your club from scratch. You have the choice of selecting Juraj Slafkovsky or Alexis Lafrenière, two guys who have been drafted first overall in recent years…
I ask for a simple reason. This morning, Corey Pronman (The Athletic) published a list of the top 168 NHL prospects under the age of 23, in which the CH is well represented…
But some have jumped at the fact that Slaf (19th) is ranked higher than Lafrenière, who is 29th.
And it’s also interesting to note that David Reinbacher (26th) is also ranked higher than the Quebecer. You can find the complete list right here :
Firstly, because we’re not really talking about the same style of player…
And two, because we’ve hardly seen Juraj Slafkovsky play since his NHL debut. He played just 39 games last season and had his season cut short by injury.
All in all, even if he didn’t play much, Slaf showed encouraging signs at times last year.
He had some nice “flashes” and perhaps that’s what prompted The Athletic’s journalist to rank him ahead of Lafrenière, who also had some nice flashes but is slow to establish himself as an impact player in the NHL.
But Pronman’s list is sure to get people talking. Logan Cooley at #24, Lucas Raymond at #26, Yaroslav Askarov at #68…
– Speak of the devil.
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) August 28, 2023
– He can do it.
Connor Bedard scored 71 goals in 57 regular-season games with the Regina Pats of the WHL in 2022-23 and will look to bring his scoring prowess to the @NHLBlackhawks this season should he make his NHL debut. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/1swj6ZGExH
– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 28, 2023
– Yep .
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– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) August 28, 2023
– He’ll be one to watch this season.
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– Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) August 28, 2023
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