Ten to Watch on June 26

Dobber Sports

2009-06-21

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In this summer’s edition of the Fantasy Prospects Report, co-writer Matthew Bugg and myself present a chart of the 20 forwards who will be selected this weekend that we would most like to own in a strictly points keeper league. With Draft Day fast approaching, it’s high time that I take the 10 best out of my chart and expand on them a little. One can never have too much insight. Besides, I can’t promote this e-magazine too much – I’m pretty shameless that way.

 

10. Thomas Tatar

Bugg’s Mock: Has him going 29th to Detroit
TSN’s Mock: Does not have him listed in Shane Malloy’s Top 30, nor was he noted as a candidate to be drafted in the latter part of the first round at all.

I originally had Marcus Johansson in this slot, but in later updates knocked him down to 20th. Johansson is more of a sure thing, but at this point that is more from his two-way play and solid all-around game. Tatar, however, is a wild card. If he makes it to the NHL it will be as a top offensive player – no more, no less. Think Zigmund Palffy.

9. Nazem Kadri

Bugg’s Mock: Has him going ninth overall to Ottawa.
TSN’s Mock: Malloy also has him going ninth to Ottawa.

If he does wind up in Ottawa, there would be room for him in the top six immediately, provided he shows that he is NHL ready in training camp. As a second liner, he would top 40 points as a rookie in the fall. That’s great immediate return and by his mid-20s I could see him regularly producing in that 65-75 range.

8. Jordan Schroeder

Bugg’s Mock: Has him going 11th to Nashville.
TSN’s Mock: Malloy has him going 12th to Minnesota.

The 5-9 forward is all about offense. Already offensively dominant in the WCHA, his strong WJC numbers were attributed to playing weaker teams. His play against tougher opponents left something to be desired, otherwise he would be a Top 5 pick. You’ll only have him sitting idle on your bench for a year, because I’m confident that in 2010-11 he’ll be an NHLer and he reminds me of – and has upside similar to – Phil Kessel.

7. Chris Kreider

Bugg’s Mock: Has him going 19th to the Rangers.
TSN’s Mock: Malloy has him going 23rd to the Devils.

Kreider is the opposite of Johansson. He’s not a sure a thing. His competition to date has been high schoolers, but he dominated there. It’s that uncertainty that intrigues me. He could wind up in any role in the NHL or AHL – including first-line NHL sniper, or second-line AHL goal-scorer. How he looks against inferior competition, by all accounts, is elite. The fact that he should be a first-round pick makes it more likely that he’ll be that NHL sniper over the alternative.

6. Scott Glennie

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