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.
Alright, so let's kick things off... here are your candidates for the 1st pick:
Seth Jones, D, Portland (WHL)
Visuals: Seth Jones 2013 WJC Highlights
FHS Scout Says: The size & skill-set are fantastic and he's surely going to be a horse in the NHL but did he show enough this year on a high-flying Portland squad to convince us that he's going to be an elite point-producing dman in the NHL?
Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
Visuals: Nathan MacKinnon Highlight Video
FHS Scout Says: His speed is ridiculous and he'll be a load for NHL dmen to handle starting next season. His numbers in the Q were great, yet not amazing, but his competitiveness leads me to believe that he's going to find a way to prosper in the NHL.
Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
Visuals: Jonathan Drouin Highlight Video
FHS Scout Says: Not sure if my opinion of Q defenders is just that low or if I'm giving NHL dmen too much credit but I question if he's going to be able to shred pro teams like he did this season. His NHLE is pretty filthy, so if you're going for the highest upside, this is your guy.
Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (FIN)
FHS Scout Says: So young and yet nearly unprecedented productivity in SM-liiga this year makes him a curiously underrated top 5 pick. You might be able to hit the jackpot here. But then again, maybe the Finnish league isn't what it once was if a 17-year-old is tearing it up.
Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (KHL)
FHS Scout Says: Here is where the serious questions start as Val shows a lot of potential but the production leaves me wanting more. I think there is bust potential here as he could be more flash than finish.
Alright, so there you have your five options. Who would you take 1st 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.
Once we get #1 sorted out, we'll move on to the 2nd pick in a few days.