Here is how I'd rank the prospects right now from 1-33. To me the biggest surprises are Novikov, Biro, Cederqvist, Murray and of course Levi. Biggest disappointments R2, Rosen, Poltapov and Kisakov. I thought all 4 would take a big step forward, but I haven't seen it yet.
I have Levi lower then others not because I don't love what he has done this season, but because I consider how long it takes until some gets to the NHL as well as their upside and everyone I rated ahead of him are NHL regulars now or will be soon. Goaltenders and their develop is especially hard to predict. Still Levi has been arguably with Power the best two players in the NCAA.
1 Power - 24 pts in 22 NCAA Games and completely dominating the competition.
2 Quinn - Dominate in the AHL (35 pts in 24 games). Looked solid in NHL debut.
3 Cozens - Cozens is improving in the NHL, not sure where his pts ceiling is yet. 50, 60 or 70?
4 Krebs - Solid AHL numbers and has shown flashes in the NHL. Still needs work before ready.
5 JJP - 26 pts in 27 AHL games. Made NHL debut, but still work to be done on his two way game.
6 Samuelsson - Put up good O numbers in the AHL (16 pts in 20 games). Came up and played solidly. No surprise. Will O game develop in the NHL only question. Should be an NHL regular now. (I'm really tempted to move Matt ahead of JJP and Krebs).
7 UPL- Shaky start to the season in the A, but then got on a roll and continue solid play in 9 NHL games. Now injured.
8 Levi - Absolutely dominating the NCAA in net. 9 Shutouts. 1.31 gaa and .955 save %. Cal Petersen never looked this good. AHL next year?
9 Johnson - Solid all around D play in 3rd NCAA season. AHL likely next year, but could also compete for an NHL job next year. Think a better McCabe.
10 R2 - 18 NHL games didn't go as hoped, not sure if he's not good enough or bad linemates. Jury is still out. Should get another shot after the deadline.
11 Portillo - Michigan NCAA anchor in net. Solid play with a 2.31 and .921. Probably needs another year in college before turning pro.
12 Rosen - 4 pts in 27 SHL games and since returned to Jrs, 6 pts in 5 SWE Jr games
13 Poltapov - 0 pts in 17 KHL games and since returned to Jrs, 9 pts in 7 MHL games
14 Kisakov - 0 pts in 4 KHL games and since returned to Jrs, 31 pts in 32 MHL games w 15 goals.
15 Bryson - Now an NHL regular, but it looks like he may lose out to the LHD coming like Samuelsson, Johnson and Power
16 Murray - 6 pts in 18 NHL games. Phyiscal presence who can contribute up the lineup. Should be a depth NHL piece going forward.
17 Laaksonen - Excellent O creator from the blueline, D game still needs work, but improving. I can him making an NHL debut sooner then later.
18 Novikov - 18 year old D don't often hold their own in the KHL. Novikov has, but has since been sent down after the World Jrs.
19 Nadeau - Leading scorer w 45 pts in 30 games for the Shawingan in the Q.
20 Bloom - Scoring slowed after a big start, but solid at 15g 29pts in 31 OHL games
21 Fitzgerald - Finally made his NHL debut and played solidly. Should get another shot given our need for RHD and stay at home defensemen.
22 Weissbach - 23 year doing ok in rookie pro season with 13 points in 24 games in a middle six role
23 Biro - Huge improvement for this 23 year old. 21 points in 26 games as a middle six playmaker. Would like to see him get a callup soon.
24 Kozak - 34 pts in 35 games in the tough WHL. Big step forward in D+1 season
25 Cederqvist - 16 pts in 27 SHL games. I can now see him getting a shot at the AHL next season
26 Costantini Former Jr Sabres, playing well for UND with 10 pts in 16 games as an NCAA rookie2
27 Konecny - Czech World Jr team member doing Ok in senior Czech league with 7 pts in 28 games
28 Lyckasen - Swedish RHD getting regular PT in mid level SWE1 league. 12 pts in 32 games.
29 Rousek - Injury has kept this physical scorer from helping the Amerks this season
30 Von Barnekow - Dominate in Swe Jr (27 pts in 19 games) but zero pts in the SHL or Swe1 leagues
31 Huglen - Getting pretty regular PT for Minn Gophers with 4 pts in 20 games
32 Sardarian - 12 pts in 22 USHL games
33 Marjala - only 14 pts in 30 Q games, down from 27 in 30 last year