ESPN is not known for their hockey coverage, if anything they are more known for the lack there of, but one strong point about ESPN's hockey coverage is their employment of Corey Pronman, one of the games best prospect writers.
Today, Pronman published his list of the NHL's Top 100 Prospects, a list with a lot of minds and talented eyes behind it, and I put a lot of weight into it's rankings.
To no surprise, heading the list was Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin, Florida's Aaron Ekblad, and Calgary's Sam Bennett, in that order.
Making the list were 7 players currently in the Islanders farm system, and though I am in no position to dispute Pronman's expertise, I will say that some of the rankings came as a shock to me.
Dal Colle breaking into the top-10 isn't as big of a surprise as one would initially think, as him dropping to the Islanders 5th overall was a small schock to some.
Reinhart just skating by in the top-20 is nice, but for a player with his name reoccuring on the list, and expected to make the league out of camp, you would like to see him a little higher on the list, but I can live with it.
What obviously sticks out to me the most is Pulock dropping from 24th to 82nd.
His year in Brandon was nothing to look down upon, seeing all his numbers rise compared to the previous season, leading up to his 15th overall selection.
His weight going into the team's prospect camp was down 6lbs but even Arthur Staple commented on his physique, saying that Pulock came into camp looking "jacked," which is a good sign, as his physical nature was put to question following his selection in the 2013 draft.
So what's up with Pulock? Has his slapshot lost its touch? Has his defensive awareness dwindled? Is he hitting the devil's lettuce??? Tough to tell what lead to his drastic fall in the ranks.
Like I always say, won't know until you know, but right now, Pulock has me a little worried. I hope I'm wrong.
PS - For those who still feel Draisatl should've been the Islanders move, he was 8th on the list, just ahead of MDC.