Announcement: The Fantasy Prospects Report (14th Edition) was released on Friday (June 12)!
The Draft is likely happening in October after the 24-team playoffs that is forthcoming, so instead of posting an update as per usual in late June with a Mock Draft, I will post this update in October. Whenever the draft order is set, then we will update the Fantasy Prospects Report.
And I am still in the process of adding a couple more charts, and putting in a few added pieces to the Fantasy Prospects Report. I have updated it twice so far, and will likely do it two or three more times this week before I consider it complete (other than the October-ish Mock Draft).
As part of the Fantasy Prospects Report, I always gather every contributor's Top 50 list of players they would draft in points-only keeper leagues – only players who have not yet played a regular season game in the NHL. This list also includes the draftees for that year, and defensemen get credit for double their anticipated goal total (to better balance with the forwards, otherwise it would just be a list of forwards). Some interesting notes, observations and back stories that I'll share.
- Everyone had Alexis Lafreniere first on their list. Numero Uno. Unanimous.
- From years of experience doing this, I ask the other contributors to the FPR to send in their Top 53. This saves me from going back to them if they accidentally slipped in a couple of players who actually played a game. Instead, I can just bump everyone up the list a spot, and their No. 51 guy gets used.
- A lot of the writers this year had Alexander Khovanov, a Minnesota prospect, as a backup player (either 51, 52 or 53). I'm a fan of his upside, and I also like the way the Wild is looking in terms of allowing prospects opportunities over the next couple of years. So I had him 28th on my list. But I guess the other contributors felt he wasn't quite appealing enough to put in their actual Top 50, yet he was too good to ignore completely, so he was on a lot of backup lists. Myself and Pat Quinn (DobberProspects Associate Editor) had him rated the second-highest to Dave Hall, who had him 27