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?