As part of our prospect rankings series, we asked our readers to vote for their top-10 prospects. The ballots have been cast and today we bring you the results. There are some differences between the fan vote and our own rankings; only three prospects appear at the same ranking here as they do in ours while one player that our readers put in their top-10 failed to crack ours.
Our top-10 was determined by total points percentage [each players’ points divided by total available points]. Points were awarded in inverse fashion (1st place vote gets 10, 2nd gets 9, down to 10th getting 1).
Just Missed the Cut
11) Zach Fucale (7.48%)
12) Brett Lernout (6.04%)
13) Lukas Vejdemo (3.69%)
14) Victor Mete (2.97%)
15) Daniel Audette (2.16%)
15 other players received at least one vote. Jonathan Racine was acquired after the ballot was released and was not added in afterwards.
#10 – Martin Reway (15.23%)
While there was a lot of enthusiasm regarding his situation after a strong season overseas and the fact that he wound signing his entry level deal, many fans opted to be cautious with their placement for Reway given the illness that he is currently battling through. Despite that, he was only on 1% fewer ballots than last year.
|Player||% of #10 votes||Player||% of #10 votes|
#9 – Will Bitten (19.64%)
Bitten was one of Montreal’s more popular selections back in June and was again in this poll, appearing on over 70% of the ballots, though mostly in the 7-10 range.
|Player||% of #9 votes||Player||% of #9 votes|
#8 – Charlie Lindgren (28.47%)
Lindgren was a late season addition by the Habs who had to immediately burn the first year of his entry-level contract to entice him to sign. He made a strong first impression with a win against Carolina which no doubt was still fresh in the minds of the voters. It’s not often than an undrafted free agent is on more than 70% of the ballots but that’s the case with Lindgren.
|Player||% of #8 votes||Player||% of #8 votes|
#7 – Charles Hudon (44.68%)
A second straight strong season in the minors has many readers expecting big things from Hudon in the not-too-distant future but that wasn’t enough to keep him in the top five this year. Nearly 80% of his votes last year were in the top five but only 40% were this season.
|Player||% of #7 votes||Player||% of #7 votes|
#6 – Noah Juulsen (49.01%)
A weaker season offensively has some people down on his upside but not many of the readers as he was the only prospect outside the top three to get votes on at least 95% of the ballots. Just three people had him off of their list entirely. If he can maintain his hot start this season, he has a good shot at getting back into the top five next year.
|Player||% of #6 votes||Player||% of #6 votes|
#5 – Daniel Carr (50.72%)
Carr was one of the few bright spots last year for the Habs so it’s not surprising to see him slotted a lot higher this year. Last season, he was barely on 55% of the ballots while this year he was on over 90%.
|Player||% of #5 votes||Player||% of #5 votes|
#4 – Nikita Scherbak (54.59%)
A tough rookie year with St. John’s saw him lose a lot of his higher votes this time around even though he was on a similar number of ballots. Last year, over half of his votes were for first place while this year, he didn’t receive a single first place nod.
|Player||% of #4 votes||Player||% of #4 votes|
#3 – Michael McCarron (77.30%)
While there remains a bit of a split between the readers in terms of his overall upside, most still have him as a top prospect either way. Over 90% of his votes were in the top four.
|Player||% of #3 votes||Player||% of #3 votes|
#2 – Artturi Lehkonen (82.43%)
After failing to crack the readers’ top-10 last season (he was 11th), a strong season and record-breaking postseason (not to mention a strong training camp) made him the only player to be included on every single ballot.
|Player||% of #2 votes||Player||% of #2 votes|
#1 – Mikhail Sergachev (97.84%)
A top ten pick that was expected to go higher than he did that impressed many at rookie camp and into training camp that also made the NHL team as an 18 year old. Yeah, that’ll garner a record high percentage of first place votes any day. He’s the first prospect since we started this series to garner at least 60% of the first place votes and boy, did he ever exceed that amount.
|Player||% of #1 votes||Player||% of #1 votes|
Thanks to all that voted. Our top ten prospects will be revealed in the coming days.