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 9th pick in any fantasy prospect draft, Gary Bettman would like to announce that we have selected Max Domi.
Here is who is off the board:
Here are your candidates for the 10th pick:
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.
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.
Nic Petan, C, Portland (WHL)
Visuals: Nic Petan 2012-2013 WHL Highlights
FHS Scout Says: Ranking Petan is going to be a real challenge for both the real & fake scouts as his size is pretty alarming (5'8" & 165) and yet he racked up a ridiculous amount of points this season. Petan had the fortune of lining with Rattie & Leipsic this year on what was an unstoppable trio and Portland scored a buttload of goals, over 1.50 gpg more than teams like Ottawa (Monahan) & Windsor (Rychel), so let's try to keep things in perspective here.
Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Visuals: Darnell Nurse 2012-13 OHL Highlights
FHS Scout Says: I'm not sold on Nurse's offensive potential but the numbers indicate that he make have a little more skill than, say, Luke Schenn. He does project to be a pretty good player in the physical categories as he has a big frame and doesn't shy away from mixing it up. I suppose there is something to be said for the fact that he's a sure-fire NHLer who will be a top 10 pick in the NHL draft, so he'd be a safe pick in a prospect draft.
Alright, so there you have your five options. Who would you take 10th 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.