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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 several differences between the fan vote and our own rankings, only three prospects appear at the same ranking here as they do in ours while two players 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).
#10 - F Louis Leblanc (19.8%)
The fan base is split on Leblanc's potential. Although he received multiple votes everywhere from 3rd to 10th, he was also left off on over half of the ballots. He's not off to a particularly strong start with Hamilton this year but there's lots of time to turn it around.
10th Place Voting
|Player||% of #10 votes||Player||% of #10 votes|
|de la Rose||9.90%||Bennett||1.98%|
#9 - F Charles Hudon (28.61%)
Hudon is by far the lowest drafted player on this list. More than half the voters had him in their top-8, however, over 40% of the respondents didn't have him in their top-10 which is why he slots here and not higher.
9th Place Voting
|Player||% of #9 votes||Player||% of #9 votes|
|de la Rose||13.86%||Bennett||2.97%|
#8 - F Jacob de la Rose (29.9%)
Even though his offensive ceiling may be somewhat low, that didn't scare off too many of the voters. He received consideration in all but the top two positions.
8th Place Voting
|Player||% of #8 votes||Player||% of #8 votes|
|de la Rose||10.89%||Leblanc||2.97%|
#7 - F Artturi Lehkonen (30.99%)
Although he was picked on nearly 20% fewer ballots than de la Rose, Lehkonen narrowly earns the higher ranking as a result of the first and second place votes he received.
7th Place Voting
|Player||% of #7 votes||Player||% of #7 votes|
|de la Rose||9.90%||Holland||2.97%|
#6 - F Michael Bournival (37.82%)
Bournival was the only player to receive multiple votes in every ranking. This is in part due to his recent NHL performances; his average selection went a full ranking higher after he made his Montreal debut.
6th Place Voting
|Player||% of #6 votes||Player||% of #6 votes|
|de la Rose||18.81%||Thomas||2.97%|
#5 - G Zach Fucale (45.45%)
Over 60% of Fucale's votes came in a top-5 ranking. Had he not been omitted from 20% of the ballots, he had a very good chance of moving up one more spot and becoming the highest rated prospect from this past draft.
5th Place Voting
|Player||% of #5 votes||Player||% of #5 votes|
|de la Rose||5.94%||Bozon||0.99%|
#4 - F Michael McCarron (50%)
The big winger impressed in the Habs' training camp and appeared on 90% of the ballots. He's off to a slow start in the OHL this year but that's to be expected as he transitions to the junior game.
4th Place Voting
|Player||% of #4 votes||Player||% of #4 votes|
|Hudon||10.89%||de la Rose||3.96%|
#3 - F Sebastian Collberg (64.55%)
The small, skilled winger didn't have the best of training camps with the Canadiens but that didn't deter the voters any; he appeared on over 95% of the ballots and was ranked fourth or higher on two-thirds of those.
3rd Place Voting
|Player||% of #3 votes||Player||% of #3 votes|
|Collberg||31.68%||de la Rose||3.96%|
#2 - D Jarred Tinordi (88.02%)
Although he had the highest percentage of first place votes, he was surprisingly left off of 5% of the ballots. That small amount is what cost him the top spot.
2nd Place Voting
|Player||% of #2 votes|
#1 - D Nathan Beaulieu (90.40%)
Beaulieu was the only player to appear on every ballot which was the difference between finishing first or second in the rankings. Last year, only two prospects earned a vote on every ballot (Tinordi and Alex Galchenyuk).
1st Place Voting
|Player||% of #1 votes|
The final two parts (1-5 and 6-10) of our 2013 Prospect Rankings series will appear in the days/weeks ahead.
- 2013 HW Prospect Rankings: 11-15 posted by B. La Rose
- 2013 HW Prospect Rankings: 16-20 posted by B. La Rose
- 2013 HW Prospect Rankings: 21-25 posted by B. La Rose
- 2013 HW Prospect Rankings: 26-30 posted by B. La Rose
- 2013 HW Prospect Rankings: 31-38 posted by B. La Rose