Sunday, August 26, 2012

Where Sea Dogs Rank In THN's Yearbook

As always, The Hockey News Yearbook has listed the top 10 prospects for all 30 National Hockey League teams.

Not surprisingly, Jonathan Huberdeau is the top ranked former/current Saint John Sea Dog. Huberdeau was ranked first in the Florida Panthers organization, an organization that was ranked second in the NHL by THN.

THN lists Huberdeau as a candidate for the NHL’s Rookie of the Year award. Another candidates were Nail Yakupov, Mikael Granlund, Dougie Hamilton, Sven Baertschi, Chris Kreider, and Valdimir Tarasenko. In a fan poll, 9% of voters thought Huberdeau would win the Calder.

Here’s where the other former/current Sea Dogs were ranked in their organizations:

Tomas Jurco – No. 6 Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Huberdeau – No. 1 Florida Panthers
Charlie Coyle – No. 4 Minnesota Wild
Zack Phillips – No. 8 Minnesota Wild
Nathan Beaulieu – No. 2 Montreal Canadiens
Eric Gelinas – No. 4 New Jersey Devils
Simon Despres – No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins
Yann Sauve – No. 7 Vancouver Canucks
Stanislav Galiev – No. 4 Washington Capitals

Huberdeau and Despres are both projected to be in the NHL this season by the magazine. Coyle and Sauve are projected to be in The Show in 2013-14, Jurco, Beaulieu, and Gelinas in 2014-15, and Phillips and Galiev in 2015-16. 

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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