Yeah that’s the way to do it, there aren’t too many 18 YO who can thrive in the AHL. Holmstrom just looked out of place in his D+1 and then the isles had him put on weight, but he put on too much weight in a short amount of time which has affected his skating. His development has been a mess for the most part, but he looks more confident this season and he’s playing with better forwards which helps.
TBL, PIT, and NYI all have terrible prospect pools, like I think 31 is fair but you can make an argument for all 3 being 31. The Bruins drafting Lysell definitely puts them ahead of all of NYI/TB/PIT. I think he’s a good bet to be a 1st line winger. I still can’t believe he fell as far as he did.
It’s always fun to go back and see what prospects Wheeler/Pronman were completely wrong about especially because I think both can be extremely arrogant at times lol.
Yeah, it probably comes from them being relied on to know so much about so many prospects, and being the main source of that information for so many people. Like I think in general that the Athletic's coverage of hockey is the main source for a lot of people, and if you want rankings/descriptions in one place, Wheeler/Pronman are the best place for that (the hockey writers do some stuff but I think the Athletic is generally better. Dobber I don't know if they summarize it all in one place, they just have individual bios and a list separate. Elite prospects probably has a bunch of stuff behind their paywall, but if I'm paying for one thing, it's the Athletic). Plus every writer at the Athletic goes to them for their thoughts on current prospects, especially the ones outside NA, as well as around draft time for guys that could be taken around where their team's pick is. I guess that could go to anyone's head lol
Also, I just realized, Vancouver is probably gonna be 30th lol. They have Klimovich, DiPietro, Rathbone, and Jurmo, and almost nobody else relevant. Crazy how shallow their prospect pool is for a non-playoff team this year with very little success in previous years (they dealt their last two firsts for Miller and OEL, and Podkolzin/Hoglander/Hughes are full time players).