In the second (and final) installment of the summer top 20 comparisons, we look at the Cult of Hockey. Last time out, we identified that the Copper and Blue men were stronger on stronger on David Musil, Erik Gustafsson and Olivier Roy than I am, and my list prefers Mitchell Moroz, Ryan Martindale and Kale Kessy. The Cult of Hockey main list is here, let’s see where we differ:
- D Oscar Klefbom (2)
- D Darnell Nurse (1)
- D Martin Marincin (3)
- D Martin Gernat (5)
- C Jujhar Khaira (6)
- L Toni Rajala (9)
- D Dillon Simpson (10)
- L Marco Roy (4)
- D David Musil (15)
- C Mark Arcobello (17)
- D Brandon Davidson (16)
- C Bogdan Yakimov (8)
- D Taylor Fedun (12)
- L Anton Slepyshev (7)
- C Andrew Miller (18)
- R Tyler Pitlick
- L Mitchell Moroz (14)
- D Erik Gustafsson
- R Taylor Houck (13)
- C Greg Chase (19)
Lowetide top 20 not on COH list:
- #11 Anton Belov (not ranked, ineligible for Calder)
- #20 Kyle Platzer (#29 on COH list)
COH not on my list:
- #16 Tyler Pitlick (I have him #24)
- #18 Erik Gustafsson (I have him #22)
- If we’re inside the top 10, I think a gap of 4 spots is pretty large. I have Marco Roy at 4, the COH boys have him 8. That’s a significant difference, but then again we had very little time to slot the guy (drafted this summer). I do think he’s the best forward prospect in the prospect pile.
- Beyond the top 10, the COH gents like some players much more than I do, including David Musil, Mark Arcobello and Brandon Davidson. I’m not really sure what (beyond personal preference/curb appeal) would have us this far apart, but it’s interesting to see.
- I am higher on Bogdan Yakimov, Anton Slepyshev and Taylor Houck, and that’s a very easy item to identify. I usually slot new draft picks higher than most, based on their offensive potential and in some cases NHL readiness.
- I’m astounded–ASTOUNDED–that the COH folks have Pitlick higher than me. Seriously thought I was carrying the torch for Pitlick, turns out I’m a distant second. Whenever I write something on Pitlick, I always assume Willis will come along and chime in that it’s too optimistic! Well, now I just don’t know.
COMPARING ALL THREE!
If you’ve read this far, there may actually be no hope for you. Here’s the compilation of all three lists, with ranking by individual list in brackets:
- D Darnell Nurse (#1 C&B, #2 COH, #1 LT) 4
- D Oscar Klefbom (#2 C&B, #1 COH, #2 LT) 5
- D Martin Marincin (#3 on all three lists) 9
- D Martin Gernat (#4 C&B, #4 COH, #5 LT) 13
- C Jujhar Khaira (#5 C&B, #5 COH, #6LT) 16
- R Marco Roy (#7 C&B, #8 COH, #4LT) 19
- D Dillon Simpson (#6, #7 COH, #10 LT) 23
- L Toni Rajala (#8 C&B, #6 COH, #9 LT) 23
- L Anton Slepyshev (#10 C&B, #14 COH #7 LT) 31
- C Bogdan Yakimov (#11 C&B, #12 COH, #8 LT) 31
- D David Musil (#9 C&B, #9 COH, #15 LT) 33
- D Brandon Davidson (#12 C&B, #11 COH, #16 LT) 39
- C Mark Arcobello (#13 C&B, #10 COH, #17 LT) 40
- R Jackson Houck (#17 C&B, #19 COH, #13 LT) 49
- C Andrew Miller (#18 C&B, #15 COH, #18 LT) 51
- D Erik Gustafsson (#14 C&B, #18 COH, #22 LT) 54
- R Tyler Pitlick (#16 C&B, #16 COH, #24 LT) 56
- L Mitchell Moroz (#27 C&B, #17 COH, #14 LT) 58
- C Greg Chase (#21 C&B, #20 COH, #19 LT) 60
- G Olivier Roy (#15 C&B, #21 COH, #25 LT) 61
There were two prospects who didn’t make the combined list for one reason or another:
- Anton Belov made my list, but not the others.
- Taylor Fedun make my list, and the C&B list, but he didn’t quality for C&B because he’s 25.
I like the combined list, it’s interesting. Takes my “new draft love” out of the equation a little, cuts back on Zona’s Moroz rage and sobers the COH love-in for Klefbom (I kid). Once again I must express complete shock that my ranking of Pitlick HURT his ranking–if I’d just stayed with the consensus Pitlick would have ranked inside the top 15.
See you late November when the winter top 20 comes calling.