Five Questions: Assessing prospect value

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Flyers Faithful is pleased to have Ed Miller from The Hockey Writers, Mark Edwards from HockeyProspect.com, Chris Shafer from Hockey’s Future, and Corey Pronman from Hockey Prospectus participate in the current iteration of Five Questions. This is the third of a five part series focusing on the upcoming draft.

Which prospect(s) do you think is (are) rated higher than they should be?

Ed Miller: The most overrated player in this year’s draft would have to be center Brendan Gaunce of the Belleville Bulls. Some have projected that he could be a top five pick, while others think he will go late in the first round but it has been only recently that his stock has begun to soar. Gaunce has great vision on the ice and certainly has a knack for dishing the puck off. In 68 games last season he finished second in scoring and not only had 28 goals but 40 assists. However, when it came time to show up in the playoffs, Gaunce was a ghost. In a series against the Ottawa 67’s, Gaunce had just one goal and two assists in six games and was a minus-2. There’s also a fear that Gaunce could be a defensive liability in his own zone. He should go in the first round but I just don’t think he has the capabilities to be a solid center in the NHL.

Mark Edwards: Well scouting is subjective so players are ranked all over the map. I’ll focus on a couple players we have ranked lower than NHL Central Scouting. Colton Sissons is a player we have ranked as a first rounder but towards the end of the 1st round rather than the middle. We see him projecting outside the top 6 forwards if he made an NHL team down the road. Tanner Pearson is another. While NHL Central has him ranked 25, we have him down in the mid 40’s. He is two years older than most of the players in this draft.

Chris Shafer: It may be tempting, but if I were the Flyers’ organization I would stay away from a few of these late rising, big-bodied forwards that have been creeping their way into recent mock drafts. Fight off the urge to draft a Tom Wilson. I know that Hartnell is not getting any younger, but this is not the year to swing for the fences on a powerforward.

Corey Pronman: I don’t like to comment on other rankings. You can find my rankings here.

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