Top Tens

In the Gare Joyce book “Future Greats and Heartbreaks” he explained the way Columbus broke out prospects by category.

“Top Ten” players are defined as follows: an eighteen year old who should develop into a first line NHL player, maybe an All-Star, definitely someone who can contribute to a winning team.

In 2007, Joyce told us that some seasons don’t have 10 “top 10′s” (2003 had more than 10) and that the Blue Jackets identified 6 “top 10′s” for that summer: Patrick Kane, James van Riemsdyk, Kyle Turris, Sam Gagner, Jakub Voracek and Karl Alzner. A 7th–Alexei Cherepanov–was a Russian kid so was a “net” for the Blue Jackets (and Oilers for that matter).

I’m a fan. Math is my friend and I am a sworn enemy of “saw him good” while being absolutely certain that NHL scouts (as a group) know what they’re doing. Here’s my 2010 “top ten” list:

  1. L Taylor Hall: Franchise player. The next Stamkos?
  2. C Tyler Seguin: Franchise player. The next Toews?
  3. D Brandon Gormley: The most complete D in the draft.
  4. C Mikael Granlund: The next Saku Koivu. Smart player.
  5. D Cam Fowler: Exceptional puck mover.
  6. C Ryan Johansen: Enormous damage at even-strength.
  7. R Vladimir Tarasenko: Terrific offensive talent.

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