Posted 17 January 2018 - 11:21 AM
Cory Pronman Top 50 Prospect Rankings see plenty of Cheap Thieves listed:
27. Logan Brown, C, Ottawa
Age: 19 | Height: 6-foot-6 | Weight: 220 pounds
Drafted: First round, 11th overall in 2016
2017-18 team: Windsor Spitfires
Brown is a frustrating prospect because of his immense potential. He’s a 6-foot-6 center with skill, he’s not slow and can make high-end plays. That is typically a top-five pick caliber prospect. However, he is incredibly inconsistent, particularly in how he battles game to game. I’ve seen games from him where he looks unstoppable and others where you need to recheck the lineup card. I still see so many flashes from him, particularly with his great vision, that you try to be realistic about his negatives and see the value he brings to a team. He’s getting better, and his experience in Ottawa showed him what he needs to do to be a pro.
29. Klim Kostin, LW, St. Louis
Age: 18 | Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 196 pounds
Drafted: First round, 31st overall in 2017
2017-18 team: San Antonio Rampage
Kostin’s draft season was derailed by injuries, but he’s looked quite good this season. He had an excellent training camp with the Blues, has been fine — albeit not great — in the AHL and had an excellent world juniors. The things to get excited about are obvious. He’s a big, strong winger with skill who not only can dangle but shows the quality offensive instincts to make plays around him at high speeds and score, too. I worry about his foot speed and his defensive play, and there’s a small question in my brain about how high-end his skill is, but overall I think he’s shown why there was such optimism for him at one point.
34. Vitaly Abramov, LW, Columbus
Age: 19 | Height: 5-foot-9 | Weight: 172 pounds
Drafted: Third round, 65th overall in 2016
2017-18 team: Gatineau Olympiques and Victoriaville Tigres
Abramov didn’t have a great world juniors, but I’ve watched him closely for a long time and know the highly talented player he is. The reigning QMJHL MVP has a ton of skill and can be a driver for a line. He makes highly skilled dekes seem effortless and his vision surprises me at times even when you know he’s looking to make a play. His warts are that he’s small; not a real speedster, which isn’t ideal at his height; and while he works to win pucks, defense will be a question for him at the top level.
40. Ian Mitchell, D, Chicago
Age: 18 | Height: 5-foot-11 | Weight: 174 pounds
Drafted: Second round, 57th overall in 2017
2017-18 team: Denver
Mitchell was a player who intrigued me last season as a draft-eligible player at various events, but this season he’s firmly established in my mind that he’s a top prospect. He’s been the top defenseman on one of the best college teams in the country as an 18-year-old. He brings a lot of components to the table in terms of his skating and skill, but his IQ stands out the most to me. Mitchell is very calm moving the puck and controls things well on the PP. He isn’t offense-only, as he plays tough minutes and kills penalties in Denver, and despite being small, he defends OK.
44. Sebastian Aho, D, New York Islanders
Age: 21 | Height: 5-foot-10 | Weight: 170 pounds
Drafted: Fifth round, 139th overall in 2017
2017-18 team: Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Longtime readers will likely chuckle at the older Sebastian Aho making yet another appearance on a prospect ranking for me, but damn if he’s not having a great season. Drafted in his fourth eligible season last summer, Aho quickly signed with the Islanders, has been an All-Star playing all situations in the AHL and earned a few games up in the NHL. He skates very well, and his hockey sense also gets a high grade. He moves the puck so well due to his IQ but has enough creativity and speed to skate it up if he needs to. Despite being small, he competes defensively and makes smarts reads there, but perfecting his D-zone work will be the area he’ll need to improve for the NHL.
49. Jeremy Bracco, RW, Toronto
Age: 20 | Height: 5-foot-9 | Weight: 181 pounds
Drafted: Second round, 61st overall in 2015
2017-18 team: Toronto Marlies
Bracco started the season with a focus on his off-ice conditioning and strength, and as a result, he didn't play a ton to start his first pro season. With notable progress in that area in the past month or so though since he’s been getting regular playing time, he’s looked very impressive. His brain stands out, as he’s a fantastic playmaker, and with his unique skating stride, he also stands out whenever he’s near the puck. Bracco needs to continue to be better off the puck and get stronger, and I’d like to see him score a bit more, but I really like his upside.
Dillon Dube, CAL.
Colin White, OTT.