Top prospects: Scott Wheeler ranks Juraj Slafkovsky behind the three players drafted after him

Each year, Scott Wheeler ranks the top 50 NHL prospects. So there are prospects 23 and under who are not established in the NHL. Cole Caufield therefore left the list.

Obviously, you won’t be surprised to learn that Juraj Slafkovsky is the Canadiens’ best prospect, but perhaps the rank where we find him can cause a surprise.

The prospect expert placed Slaf 10th in his rankings. But let’s give some context to justify the surprise.

While the first choice of the 2022 auction is in 10th place, we realize that he is not there because of the weak vintage, but because Wheeler sees the guys drafted at ranks # 2, # 3 and # 4 in front of him.

Shane Wright (3), Simon Nemec (4) and Logan Cooley (5) are all ahead of Slafkovsky in the eyes of the journalist, who has worked for The Athletic for a few years now.

They are therefore not only in front of Slaf, but they have a good lead.

Does that mean he doesn’t believe in the young? No. He also says, from the start of his explanation, that being ranked as the seventh best attacker – the list includes attackers and defenders – is a big deal.

He also claims that he could well and truly become the best striker on this list.

That said, he had doubts before the draft related to his size (he’s potentially too big for the type of player he’s looking to become) and related to his offensive production last year.

Obviously, Slaf wasn’t the most popular choice for many people and everyone knows that. That said, the guys in his vintage all have some proof to do and it’s too early to say whether, in 10 years, this will turn out to CH’s advantage or not. It’s part of the beauty of talking about prospects and not established players like Jonathan Huberdeau vs Matthew Tkachuk.

But he’s not the only hope on the list. Kaiden Guhle finds himself as the 12th defender on the list and 37th overall. He sees him not necessarily needing a move to Laval, which would potentially open the doors of the Canadian’s locker room to him right now.

His decision-making, his leadership, the accuracy of his shooting and his defensive play are all assets that charm the journalist.

And in 46th place, so as third hope in Montreal, we find Lane Hutson. He is therefore ahead of Filip Mesar and Owen Beck, who were chosen ahead of him by the CH during the most recent NHL auction. He sees such a brilliant player on the ice and a good defensive player, too.

That says a lot about his potential, as he is Wheeler’s 19th-ranked player drafted in 2022. He’s a unique player who could grow and become, potentially, a home run from the new administration. And he has everything to become a fan favorite.

Note that, in order and disorder, Wheeler added his honorable mentions, guys who didn’t crack the top-50. And of the lot, there are four players whose rights belong to the CH.

We are talking here about Sean Farrell, Jordan Harris, Filip Mesar and Quebecer Joshua Roy. As there are 30 honorable mentions, we can say that the CH has seven players in the top-80 of the expert.

A lot of

– Good old William Lagesson signed, twofold, in Carolina.

– Good news.

– That would be something.

– Will he find a job?

– Will he make it?

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