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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Central Scouting's List of Wishful Thinking or Future Card Set In The Making

I found an interesting article that came out of the NHL either yesterday or today about the upcoming 2010 Entry Draft.  This years event is scheduled for June 25-26th at the Staples Center in L.A.  The article focuses on some of the strengths and weaknesses of all the players in the final rankings of top skaters eligible for the draft. 

Tyler Seguin of the OHL's Plymouth Whalers is ranked as the No. 1 prospect followed close behind by Taylor Hall of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires.  Both of these young guys have been flip flopped throughout the year as the overall #1 and #2 respectively.  Because of his second half improvements, the final rankings put Seguin ahead by a very small margin. 

They also ranked the overall top 210 North American players and 30 goalies as well as 150 international players.  You can check out the article here

The most interesting thing I found was the comparisons that were made of each skater to a NHL counterpart either current or retired.  It is amazing to see some of the talent that is being predicted to come from this draft class.  Here is Central Scouting's list of the top 30 North American skaters and who they feel is a best comparison for style and playing ability.  This gives me a great idea (albeit recycled) for a card set...
1. Tyler Seguin, C -- Steve Yzerman (retired)

2. Taylor Hall, LW -- Zach Parise, Devils

3. Brett Connolly, RW -- Peter Forsberg (Sweden)

4. Erik Gudbranson, D -- Dion Phaneuf, Maple Leafs

5. Cam Fowler, D -- Mike Green, Capitals

6. Brandon Gormley, D -- Chris Phillips, Senators

7. Mark Pysyk, D -- Duncan Keith, Blackhawks

8. Emerson Etem, RW -- Glenn Anderson (retired)

9. Derek Forbort, D -- Erik Johnson, Blues

10. Ryan Johansen, C -- Jason Spezza, Senators

11. Alexander Burmistrov, C -- Maxim Afinogenov, Thrashers

12. Nino Niederreiter, RW -- Erik Cole, Hurricanes

13. Nick Bjugstad, C -- Andrew Brunette, Wild

14. Austin Watson, F -- Kris Draper, Red Wings

15. John McFarland, C -- Brenden Morrow, Stars

16. Tyler Toffoli, C -- Tim Connolly, Sabres

17. Dylan McIlrath, D -- Ed Jovanovski, Coyotes

18. Tyler Pitlick, C -- Mark Parrish, Lightning

19. Quinton Howden, C-- Todd Bertuzzi, Red Wings

20. Stanislav Galiev, RW -- Alexander Frolov, Kings

21. Jonathon Merrill, D -- Jordan Leopold, Penguins

22. Riley Sheahan, C -- Jordan Staal, Penguins

23. Petr Straka, RW -- Pavol Demitra, Canucks

24. Charlie Coyle, F -- Bob Sweeney, Bruins

25. Brock Nelson, C -- David Backes, Blues

26. Kevin Hayes, RW -- Eric Staal, Hurricanes

27. Ryan Martindale, C -- Steve Bernier, Canucks

28. Jaden Schwartz, C -- Derek Roy, Sabres

29. Alexander Petrovic, D -- Brent Seabrook, Blackhawks

30. Jordan Weal, C -- Jason Blake, Ducks

(Not mine but a good example)

This reminds me of the 1997-98 Donruss Limited, (I think), subset that was labeled as the Counterparts which featured a veteran player on one side and a young star on the other.  Sounds to me like a card set in the making.  I'm just thinking out loud here...30 cards; each would feature the prospect on the front and their comparison on the back. 

(Again, not mine but you get the point)

Or, it could be like the Idols subsets that Pinnacle used to do where the main player would be in color on the front and their comparison would be muted in the background in either black and white or the classic sepia color.  The backs could have an explanation about the comparison or some background that links the two players.  You could even have a parallel version with GU pieces or autographs. 

Now I am just going off on a tangent.  I'd buy that set though. 

Any card creators out not named Upper Deck or Panini want to take a stab at this one?


  1. As a season ticket holder for the Plymouth Whalers, I can't begin to tell you the skill level of Tyler Seguin and also Taylor Hall from the rival Spitfires. It is just something you have to see to appreciate. Just saw the teams play each other last night as a matter of fact.

    Seguin is also good with my kids and that goes a long way in my book.

  2. That is awesome to hear. Anytime a player, especially someone expected to be that big, is accomodating and approachable by fans, that is good for the game. I have only seen Taylor Hall play myself and I was impressed. Whoever goes first or second or whatever I don't think matters. It could become a rivalry in the NHL like the Crosby/Ovechkin thing only as a carry over from the minors.


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