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- With a $5 M cap hit, Sergei Gonchar is one of the most expensive d-men in franchise history. The only ones higher are P.K. Subban ($9 M), Andrei Markov ($5.75 M), Mathieu Schneider ($5.75 M), and Roman Hamrlik ($5.5 M).
As part of our prospect rankings this year, we wanted to get your insights on who you feel the Habs' top prospects are. The results of our top-10 poll have been tabulated and today we bring you the first half of the results. Three forwards and two defencemen made the cut and there are some differences of opinion between your votes and who our writers selected.
Players received points for each vote they received. 1st place received 10 points, 2nd place received 9, all the way to 10th place which received a single point. The scores were then tallied and the ten highest scores were ranked 1-10 accordingly. Please note that in several instances, this means that the slot where the player received the most votes is not where he is ranked.
#10 - D Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon, WHL
The first of three picks from the 2012 draft to appear on this list, Thrower actually is ranked lower than the majority of the votes he received. 72% of his votes slotted him in the 7-9 range. However, over half of our readers left him off their ballots entirely which dropped him down. His highest ranking was 4th.
10th Place Voting
|Player||% of #10 votes||Player||% of #10 votes|
Your Say (Please note that some comments have been edited for brevity, grammar, and spelling.)
B. Kerr: "An all-around defenceman who brings quality in all aspects of the game, whether it's offensively with a good point shot, defensively with physicality and shot blocking, or even in the toughness department where he isn't afraid of anyone."
Hugo: "Good offensive defenceman with grit, size and a good shot."
Machine of Loving Grace: "What a grab in the second round. He's an example of Montreal finding a guy outside of the first that could play like a first round pick. Excellent d-man, he'll make it to the NHL if all goes right."
#9 - D Morgan Ellis, Shawinigan, QMJHL
Ellis received the third most votes of any defence prospect in the Habs organization. The #9 rank is where he received his most votes although interestingly enough he received the same number of selections for rankings 6-8. His highest ranking was 2nd.
9th Place Voting
|Player||% of #9 votes||Player||% of #9 votes|
Ben Melindy: "Solid two way defender. I think he should have a good year in Hamilton, but I see him as more of a bottom 4 defender if he can make it to the show."
Don: "I think his all-round game should evolve to top-4 and he will be a good team player for a long time."
Shawn W: "This guy is my most intriguing prospect. He could be the surprise of Hamilton and be the first full time call up."
#8 - F Danny Kristo, North Dakota, WCHA
The common thread with Kristo right now is that there are concerns over his professional future after a variety of off ice worries in college. As a result, many people left him off their ballots which dropped him down lower than most would argue his talent merits. His highest ranking was 3rd.
8th Place Voting
|Player||% of #8 votes||Player||% of #8 votes|
G. Mockler: "He has good skills and a great skater but his off ice behaviour is a negative.
Patrick Francis: "With his explosive speed he definitely has the potential to be a top 6 forward."
Scott H: "Top 3-4 skill. Not sure if he is committed to being a pro."
#7 - F Michael Bournival, Shawinigan, QMJHL
There were a trio of players who all finished with a similar number of points but Bournival came out in front, largely due to being included on the most ballots out of the group. Reading through your comments, there is certainly a difference of opinion with regards to his offensive upside but most feel he is a strong bet to be a regular NHL'er before long. His highest ranking was 3rd.
7th Place Voting
|Player||% of #7 votes||Player||% of #7 votes|
Andre: "If he can stay healthy, almost assured of making the show. Whether he's a great 3rd liner or a filler 4th liner depends on whether he can provide any offence."
Anonymous: "Great trade to acquire this young and talented prospect for a wavering O'Byrne. Great season last year with Memorial and WJC tourneys to build experience and character. Good to have some home grown above average intelligent centers with solid potential in the system!"
DRich: "Solid two way player with some grit."
#6 - F Sebastian Collberg, Frolunda, SEL
Collberg is one of the harder players to get a read on due to his lack of playing time in the SEL last year and early into this season (although he has played a little more over the past few games). The distribution of his votes is right across the board. He is the only prospect to receive a vote in every ranking spot; accordingly, his highest ranking was 1st.
6th Place Voting
|Player||% of #6 votes||Player||% of #6 votes|
Anonymous: "Nifty 'lil scorer that could! Nice to finally see a Swedish prospect with some offensive potential in the pipes. Seemed like the Habs had been avoiding them for decades."
bbp: "Huge steal in the last draft. Despite getting limited/no playing time in Europe I believe he will develop well once he comes over."
NBHAB: "Could be an Alfredsson the 2nd and a nice top six addition down the road."
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