This is potentially the most vague thread ever. How would you gauge or rate the Top 25? How would you even cut it down to 25?? Most TEAMS have 25 prospects...
The only players I can rate with any degree of certainty are the Flames top three prospects (in order): D Dion Phaneuf (WHL), LW Eric Nystrom (NCAA) & D Tomi Maki (Finland)
FLAMES: 19-10-3-3 TOP 10 FILMS OF 2003 [So Far]: Mystic River, Lost In Translation, Finding Nemo, Seabiscuit, House of Sand & Fog, X2: X-Men United, Open Range, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Matchstick Men & The Last Samurai
From NHL.com: "To be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in 25 or more NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie."
YOUR LIST AGAIN, BUT WITH NHL GAMES IN BRACKETS Players with "*" after their entry still are rookies/prospects. 1. [G] Kari Lehtonen [0; Chicago Wolves (AHL)]* 2. [D] Joni Pitkanen [33+; Philadelphia Flyers]* 3. [C] Jason Spezza [69+; Ottawa Senators] 4. [G] Marc-Andre Fleury [17+; Pittsburgh Penguins]* 5. [C] Eric Staal [36+; Carolina Hurricanes]* 6. [G] Ryan Miller [18+; Buffalo Sabres]* 7a. [C] Tuomo Ruutu [38+; Chicago Blackhawks]* 7b. [RW] Mikko Ruutu [0; Jokerit Helsinki (Finland)]* 7c. [LW] Jarkko Ruutu [146+; Vancouver Canucks] 8. [F] Thomas Vanek [0; University of Minnesota]* 9. [D] Steve Eminger [52+; Washington Capitals]* 10. [D] Mike Komisarek [33+; Montreal Canadiens]* 11. [RW] Nikolai Zherdev [13+; Columbus Blue Jackets]* 12. [C[ Nathan Horton [38+; Florida Panthers]* 13. [F] Igor Grigorenko [0; Tolyatti Lada (Russia)]* 14. [LW] Alexander Semin [18+; Washington Capitals]* 15. [D] Fedor Tjutin [0; Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)]* 16. [D] Dan Hamhuis [36+; Nashville Predators]* 17. [LW] Ales Hemsky [95+; Edmonton Oilers] 18. [C] Joffrey Lupul [34+; Anaheim Mighty Ducks]* 19. [D] Ryan Suter [0; Juniors]* 20. [RW] Milan Michalek [2+; San Jose Sharks]* 21. [RW] Scott Upshall [15+; Nashville Predators]* 22. [D] Denis Grebeshkov [0; Manchester Monarchs (AHL)]* 23. Who? HockeyDB.com can't find him... 24. [F] Alexander Steen [0; Vastra Frolunda (SEL)]* 25. [F] Robert Nilsson [0; Leksands (SEL)]*
Not a bad list, but excuding a few guys is insane.
(edited by Freeway420 on 31.12.03 1258) FLAMES: 19-10-3-3 TOP 10 FILMS OF 2003:  Finding Nemo,  Seabiscuit,  Matchstick Men,  Open Range,  Cold Mountain,  House of Sand & Fog,  Mystic River,  The Last Samurai,  Lost In Translation,  Return of the King
i dont think that i left out someone big I picked the top 25 prospects in the world. "23. Who? HockeyDB.com can't find him..." Andrei Kostitsyn was drafted 10th by the Canadians in 2003 he was drafted 10th just because he has some health problems that he needs to overcome thus other teams were afraid to take a chance at him, he is a very promosing player. If u would like to know more about him http://www.hockeysfuture.com/ prospect.php?pid=3562 tnx and Have A Happy New Years.
Though he's only 16, is it too early to add Sidney Crosby to this list?
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On paper, it's our tournament to lose. No other team is as well rounded. Finland has great goaltending but that's it. Russia and Sweden have good teams but average (at best) goaltenders. The US looks good but old.