We're working on our 2013 Fantasy Draft Rankings as part of our Fantasy Prospects DB and it's challenging as this year's draft class is pretty stacked. So we thought we'd reach out to the FHS community for a little assistance. Here is how it shall roll: I'll lay out some profiles of the viable draft eligible candidates and you vote for who the best fantasy prospect is among that group. Then rinse and repeat. After a series of posts like that we should magically have ourselves a tidy little top 10 list.
The criteria here is that we're looking for the best fantasy prospect, so not the best player but who we believe will be the best player from a fantasy perspective over the long-term (next 10 years) amongst those eligible for the 2013 NHL draft. So essentially you should be voting for who you would pick in a fantasy prospect draft, all factors taken into consideration.
So with the 7th pick in any fantasy prospect draft, Gary Bettman would like to announce that we have selected Sean Monahan.
Here is who is off the board:
Here are your candidates for the 8th pick:
Hunter Shinkaruk, C, Medicine Hat (WHL)
Visuals: Hunter Shinkaruk Highlights
FHS Scout Says: He's on the smallish side (5'10" & 181) but has put up big numbers the past two WHL seasons including 49 goals in 2011/12 when he formed a dynamic duo with Emerson Etem. I like the skills, shiftiness & tenacity and think he could be one of the most productive scorers in this class.
Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon (WHL)
Visuals: Ryan Pulock 2011-12 WHL Highlights
FHS Scout Says: His numbers dipped in this third WHL season but Brandon was scoring over a goal per game less this season than last so I don't think you can punish him for that too much. Pulock was a forward up until his Jr. days and has a shot like the hammer of the gods that will make him an effective weapon on an NHL PP.
Max Domi, C, London (OHL)
Visuals: Max Domi 2012-2013 OHL Highlights
FHS Scout Says: Domi is a complete offensive player but he is missing one element that would make him sure-fire NHL star... size. He was able to succeed in the OHL without that advantage, albeit with a stacked team, but there are questions if it will hold him back in The Show. I like the skill-set and think he may have his Dad's determination to prove the doubters wrong but I'm not sure I'm willing to take a risk like this at the top of the draft.
Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor (OHL)
FHS Scout Says: Back-to-back 40 goal seasons in the OHL and that feat was even more impressive given that Windsor wasn't a powerhouse team either year, scoring around 3.12 goals per game in each season. Owns a big shot (can play point on PP), has nice scoring touch, decent size and plays a power game, so could be a multi-cat performer in the pros.
Anthony Mantha, LW, Val-d'Or (QMJHL)
Visuals: Anthony Mantha goal compilation
FHS Scout Says: If Rychel's 40 goal seasons impressed us then we should be pretty juiced about Mantha's 55 goals in 76 (regular & playoffs) games this year. He's a large-framed goal scoring winger who can skate and shoot well. The one concern is that he is older than anyone in the draft with a September 16, 1994 birthdate but this was only his second season in the Q so I don't really feel like we're overrating his accomplishments.
Alright, so there you have your five options. Who would you take 8th overall in a fantasy prospect draft? Do your homework, come to your own conclusions and make your vote count. We want to hear some different opinions here, so please flood the comment section with your thoughts and if you like someone else in this slot then choose the Write-In Vote and make your case in the comments.
We'll move on to the 9th pick on Thursday.