2010 Fantasy Draft Rankings

Seguin Hall Draft rankings are all well and good but what we're really interested in around here is what type of impact these draft picks will have from a fantasy perspective... so below we offer you the Fantasy Hockey Scouts 2010 Fantasy Draft Rankings.  We give you our top 10 draft-eligible players based on their long-term fantasy potential.  Consider this a cheatsheet for your prospect draft or use this as a guide for your regular fantasy league draft.

A few things to note:

We're assuming that you're willing to take risks... the NHL Draft is such a bloody crapshoot, so you might as well swing for the fences... damn right you're gonna strikeout a bunch but considering only a few of these guys are going to become big time fantasy hockey contributors, its no time to play it safe.

Don't be discouraged by where a player is picked... guys like Brad Richards (64th overall), Derek Roy (32nd), Zach Parise (17th), etc., were all underestimated by scouts due to their size or thought to be one dimensional or something stupid like that but their numbers leading up to the draft indicated that they had a lot of fantasy hockey potential.

On the flipside, don't overrate players based on what the real scouts say... often scouts fall in love with guys because of their size or two-way ability or because they beat up on weak competition... a few names like Manny Malhotra (7th), Nikita Alexeev (8th) and Benoit Pouliot (4th) come to mind as guys who the scouts were wetting their pants over but we could have told you wouldn't be fantasy worthy based on their numbers.

Here's the top 10... our top 100 is available in our Fantasy Prospects DB:

Rank Player Pos, Team, 2009-10 Stats, FHS Consolidated Rank
 
 #1   Tyler Seguin   C, Plymouth (OHL),  63 GP 48+58=106,  FHS C-Rank: 2
  + Put up big OHL numbers with a weaker team, in on amazing 47% of team's goals
  - Didn't dominate in OHL playoffs & cut from WJC team
 ETA   Could go back to junior (more likely if picked by Bruins) but we'd bet he sticks in NHL
 #2   Taylor Hall   LW, Windsor (OHL),  57 GP 40+66=106,  FHS C-Rank: 1
  + Had success, won trophies & championships with pretty much every team he's been with
  - We question how much he has benefited from playing on loaded teams
 ETA   In the NHL next year and will be expected to contribute immediately
 #3   Mikael Granlund   LW, HIFK (Fin),  43 GP 13+27=40,  FHS C-Rank: 10
  + Almost a point-per-game as 17-year old in top Finnish league???… very nice
  - Small & scouts disappointed at WJC play, might not be given opportunity he deserves
 ETA   Probably two years away from NHL debut, maybe one if he lands with the right team
 #4   Vladimir Tarasenko   LW, Novosibirsk (KHL),  42 GP 13+11=24,  FHS C-Rank: 9
  + His numbers in top Russian league in draft year were better than Ovechkin & Malkin
  - His father is his coach in KHL so it may be tough to convince him to leave
 ETA   Reportedly two more years on KHL contract and wouldn't bet you'll see him before then
 #5   Jaden Schwartz   C, Tri-City (USHL),  60 GP 33+50=83,  FHS C-Rank: 23
  + Led USHL in points as a rookie, comparable #'s to USHL alums like Vanek & Stastny
  - Would like to see how he fares against some tougher competition in NCAA or WHL
 ETA   Will probably spend next two years at Colorado College or Tri-City (WHL)
 #6   Brett Connolly   LW, Prince George (WHL),  16 GP 10+9=19,  FHS C-Rank: 6
  + Given how weak PG was his WHL #'s, especially 30 goals at 16, are impressive
  - Hip injury derailed his season and raised concerns about long-term health
 ETA   At least another year of Jr. to get healthy & stronger
 #7   Cam Fowler   D, Windsor (OHL),  55 GP 8+47=55,  FHS C-Rank: 3
  + Big point totals from the blueline for both Windsor & US-NTDP U-18 team last year
  - His numbers don't wow us given strength of Spitfires… could be best of weak class of dmen
 ETA   Could make the jump to NHL right away but another year in Jr. wouldn't surprise us
 #8   Joey Hishon   C, Owen Sound (OHL),  36 GP 16+24=40,  FHS C-Rank: 42
  + 37+44=81 on weak OS team as 17-year old is what impresses us the most
  - Injuries & size mean he may slip to 2nd round which means he won't get prime opportunity
 ETA   Another year in Jr. & then a year in AHL before he gets a shot
 #9   Jeff Skinner   C, Kitchener (OHL),  64 GP 50+40=90,  FHS C-Rank: 17
  + 70 goals (in 84 regular & playoff games) in any league gets our attention
  - Another smallish guy but there's also concerns about his skating… could hold him back
 ETA   Probably another two years of Jr.
 #10   Jordan Weal   C, Regina (WHL),  72 GP 35+67=102,  FHS C-Rank: 37
  + Like Skinner, 100 points in any league, especially WHL, gets our attention
  - Was feeding passes to the best Jr. player in the country so that may have inflated his #'s
 ETA   He's years away from the NHL and being a fantasy contributor

For a look back at our list from last year, here's a link to our Top 30 from the 2009 draft.

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