I was looking at this list of our prospects and Baker's depth chart and I came away further unimpressed with our pipeline.
1) The list of guys who will be NHL players is really small. Bailey, Mittelstud, Guhle and likely Nylander and Asplund. Not a long list.
2) The list of guys who have a legit shot: Baptiste and Fasching, Borgen (?), Pu and Davidsson. Malone might also eventually get a look as an 4th line grinder.
3) Former top 3 rounds picks who we can probably write off already: Karabacek, Cornel, Hurley and Martin.
4) Potential surprises: Weissbach and maybe Fitzgerald. College FA CJ Smith is having a good start and might be a useful LW.
5) Are goalie prospects are in the ECHL (Johansson) and a tier 2 Finnish league (Luukkonen).
Baker list 34 prospects on his depth chart.
I agree that's its a little thin but I would also argue that its still in the top 10 of the league.
It will really dry up next season once Nylander, Asplund, Mittelstadt, (Svechnikov?, and Guhle all make the Sabres.
We always want to compare to Toronto:
Here are there top prospects as per an article on Hockey Writers - order is debatable
1) Timmothy Liljegren - probably a NHL player but still considered a tire fire in his own end
2)Kasperi Kapanen – RW/LW - will probably be a top 9 player for them soon
3) Carl Grundstrom – LW probably will end up in the NHL playing but wouldn't consider him top 6 candidate
4) Andreas Johnsson - LW already 22 and is a steal for the 7th round but not again more of a bottom 6 guy
5) Andreas Borgman – LD another 22 year old FA pickup, with Leafs and played in 4 games Jer
6) Calle Rosén – LD 23 year old, played 3 games for Leafs this season
7) Jeremy Bracco - RW with the Marlies - a marginal NHL prospect at this point
8) Travis Dermott – LD lots of high expectations for Dermott, playing with Marlies - could be top 4
IMO, I would take Mittelstadt, Nylander and Guhle over their entire prospect pool,
Edited by Crusader1969, 17 October 2017 - 05:17 PM.