Here we are for the second installment of the RSHL top prospect
pools. I won't rehash the criteria but I will say I did miss Suzuki on the Islanders. That certainly would have pushed them out of the basement tier and into the next level but we can't look back now, he will just have to live with my harsh judgement of his prospect pool. The next group of teams have one or two top talents but struggle with the overall depth to replace and back fill roles as players start aging out. There is a chance to always trade and add guys but everyone has to rebuild eventually but hopefully none last as long as the 22 year rebuild the Coyotes have been going through at the NHL level. This section hosts another group of perennial contenders with the Canadeins,
Sharks, Oilers and Blue Jackets.
Perennial contenders usually end up in the bottom 3rd of the league when
it comes to prospects. Teams that are focused on winning now tend to
have less depth and overall talent in their prospect pool via trade or
later picks. A quick review of our list shows that is playing out in
the RSHL as well. At this point 5 of the top 6 teams from last
season's standings are off the board with the Canucks and Blue Jackets
still remaining. As we approach the middle third the pools will
often have more than 5 propsects of note and so I may include them,
especially if the depth is a big reason for their ranking. I might
do a deep dive on the top 10 prospect pools when I get there which.
Also as for the comments and banter on the boards I just want to say we at
the Athletic have very thick skin and won't bruise from a few people
challenging us. It's meant to be fun and a way to distract from
Covid, no hockey and the Bill's crumbling under expectations in the
NFL. Wheel's up on another addition of Wheel's Up RSHL Prospect Poll
Another excellent article. I hope we can keep the responses on point and polite, not defensive and overly sensitive to being a struggling “fantasy GM”
Another awesome read! Keep up the great work
Another good one. The longer it takes to seem my team the better.
6 cups between these 4 franchises, no wonder they’re at the bottom end. Would you trade futures for a guaranteed cup?
Interesting observation ^^
Interesting observation ^^
Will you be doing a best team/roster now kinda article? Curious to see where some of these teams land
Cut the guy some slack… he’s been releasing stellar articles and lots of them… now asking for more?
let him get through the current topic at least..
Like I said before my focus is prospects and players outside the NHL. There is plenty of great writers who fill other roles out there that will be churning out content soon enough as the season starts up. I look forward to reading some other work.
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