Cullen: Myers Tops Ranking of NHL Rookies

Scott Cullen
4/20/2010 11:53:12 AM
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With the 2009-2010 NHL regular season complete, it's time to take a look at the rookie class and they are here, ranked from No. 1 through 100.

Topping the list of rookies is 6-foot-8 Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers. For many, he's the leading candidate for the Calder Trophy, so that's a good starting point, but Myers' potential is at least as exciting as his first-year production, which was exceptional in its own right.

It's natural to compare Myers to fellow tower Zdeno Chara, the Boston Bruins defenceman who won the Norris Trophy last season.

While both are physically imposing, they are different in style. Chara is a more menacing physical player and while Myers certainly uses his size to his advantage, he doesn't play with the same nasty edge.

At the same time, Myers is a tremendous skater; exceptionally coordinated for a player of his size and age. Before the playoffs started, Chara praised Myers, telling the National Post, "At his age, I was nowhere near his performance. I probably got better later on. For a guy being a first-year guy to earn a spot on the team and doing so well, that's impressive."

Myers has played 23:44 per game, as Buffalo's best defenceman right out of the gate this season. Tobias Enstrom (24:28), Ryan Whitney (23:49), Filip Kuba (24:15) and Drew Doughty (23:49) are the only rookie blueliners over the last dozen seasons to average more ice time than Myers.

Doughty, a Norris Trophy contender in his second season, is the only one who was younger than Myers.

It won't be long before Myers is in that annual Norris Trophy discussion too.

When ranking the rookies, it's imperative to note a few things:

1. This is not Calder Trophy voting. The purpose of this exercise is to try and gauge the long-term value of these players. While some of that will naturally be dependent on their rookie production, some will also depend on potential that has yet to be uncovered.

2. As a result, younger rookies will tend to be ranked higher, as they naturally have more potential and a longer time to reach the peak of their career arc.

So, while Jimmy Howard was the highest-ranked rookie in my NHL Player Rankings this season, the 26-year-old isn't the highest-ranked rookie in terms of long-term value because, for one thing, he's as much as seven to eight years older than several of the top-ranked rookies. That's a lot of time for development.

3. Trying to measure a player's value long-term is a tricky business at the best of times, particularly as we move further down the list, trying to weigh the likelihood of the player securing full-time NHL employment while also attempting to gauge his production ceiling should he get there.

The players that were eligible for this list had to have played in at least ten NHL games this season. That means waiting another year for the likes of goaltenders Justin Peters, Jonathan Bernier and Chad Johnson as well as highly-touted Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, among others.

The Rating uses the methodology found here.

(Ages as of April 1, 2010)

1. Tyler Myers, D, Buffalo
Age: 20
Stats: 11-37-48, plus-13, 32 PIM in 82 GP Rating: 80.75
Comment: Last time a 20-year-old defenceman had more than 45 points and a double-digit plus rating as a rookie? Paul Reinhart in 1979-80. So, a mere 30 years later, here's a 6-foot-8 kid putting up those numbers.

2. Matt Duchene, C, Colorado
Age: 19
Stats: 24-31-55, plus-1, 16 PIM in 81 GP Rating: 76.30
Comment: 27 teenagers have scored at least 20 goals and 55 points in rookie season. Not to raise expectations too much (since Duchene's at the low end of the list), but since 2000, the names are Crosby, Kane, Kopitar and Duchene.

3. Tuukka Rask, G, Boston
Age: 23
Stats: 22-12-5, 1.97 GAA, .931 SVPCT, 5 SO in 45 GP Rating: 94.13
Comment: Leading the league in goals against average and save percentage is a good start. After seeing Steve Mason collapse this year after dominating as a rookie, though, there is a measure of caution when dealing with a goaltender.

4. John Tavares, C, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 19
Stats: 24-30-54, minus-15, 22 PIM in 82 GP Rating: 69.81
Comment: Tavares' lack of speed makes him more dependent on his supporting cast to create chances and that supporting cast with the Islanders is still a work in progress.

5. John Carlson, D, Washington
Age: 20
Stats: 1-5-6, plus-11, 8 PIM in 22 GP Rating: 65.66
Comment: 39 points and plus-37 in 48 AHL games; now an impact player on Capitals' defence.

6. Victor Hedman, D, Tampa Bay
Age: 19
Stats: 4-16-20, minus-3, 79 PIM in 74 GP Rating: 63.76
Comment: Perhaps not the difference-maker he was expected to be after a stellar year in the Swedish Elite League, but logging nearly 21 minutes per game will help for future seasons.

7. Evander Kane, LW, Atlanta
Age: 18
Stats: 14-12-26, plus-2, 62 PIM in 66 GP Rating: 69.00
Comment: Very young, played limited minutes and still managed 13 even-strength goals. As he matures, should become a very productive power forward.

8. Jamie McBain, D, Carolina
Age: 22
Stats: 3-7-10, plus-6, 0 PIM in 14 GP Rating: 80.91
Comment: After a solid year of seasoning in the AHL (40 points, plus-11 in 68 GP), he didn't look at all out of place logging 25-26 minutes per game for Hurricanes.

9. Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit
Age: 26
Stats: 37-15-10, 2.26 GAA, .924 SVPCT, 3 SO in 63 GP Rating: 89.73
Comment: My pick for the Calder, based on this season, but the 26-year-old doesn't figure to have the same kind of upside as some of the younger rookies. He'll have to settle for being a bona fide starting NHL goaltender.

10. Nikita Filatov, LW, Columbus
Age: 19
Stats: 2-0-2, even, 8 PIM in 13 GP Rating: 59.02
Comment: Still an unknown quantity because he couldn't get regular ice time with Blue Jackets, but 22 points in 26 KHL games seems to indicate he's got the skills to be a productive NHL player.

11. Tyler Ennis, LW, Buffalo
Age: 20
Stats: 3-6-9, plus-1, 6 PIM in 10 GP Rating: 76.53
Comment: Put up 65 points in 69 AHL games, good enough for AHL Rookie of the Year honours.

12. Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa
Age: 19
Stats: 5-21-26, minus-5, 24 PIM in 60 GP Rating: 68.29
Comment: Strong late-season surge from offensively-gifted blueliner who figures to be a power play force for years to come.

13. James van Riemsdyk, LW, Philadelphia
Age: 20
Stats: 15-20-35, minus-1, 30 PIM in 78 GP Rating: 68.81
Comment: Hard to know how much he can do, as he was held under 13 minutes per game, and had just four points in final 28 games, but he has hands and offensive instincts.

14. Semyon Varlamov, G, Washington
Age: 21
Stats: 15-4-6, 2.55 GAA, .909 SVPCT, 2 SO in 26 GP Rating: 74.67
Comment: Had a hard time staying healthy this season, which is why he played just 26 games, so there has to be some concern about his durability, but his early results have been favourable.

15. Colin Wilson, C, Nashville
Age: 20
Stats: 8-7-15, minus-2, 7 PIM in 35 GP Rating: 67.25
Comment: Slowed by injury early in the season, then put up 34 points in 40 AHL games before getting recalled.

16. Michael Del Zotto, D, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 19
Stats: 9-28-37, minus-20, 32 PIM in 80 GP Rating: 69.16
Comment: Has to tighten up defensively, but there aren't many teen defencemen who have put up more than 35 points as a rookie. Aside from Myers, the last one to do so was Bryan Berard with 48 in 1996-1997.

17. Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas
Age: 20
Stats: 22-19-41, minus-1, 45 PIM in 82 GP Rating: 75.28
Comment: Hard working and skilled, he led all NHL rookies in hits and takeaways.

18. Dmitry Kulikov, D, Florida
Age: 19
Stats: 3-13-16, minus-5, 32 PIM in 68 GP Rating: 62.96
Comment: Once veterans were shuttled out of town, finished season in a top-four role.

19. Ryan O'Reilly, C, Colorado
Age: 19
Stats: 8-18-26, plus-4, 18 PIM in 81 GP Rating: 68.23
Comment: Immediate impact as a two-way pivot but has limited offensive upside.

20. Logan Couture, C, San Jose
Age: 21
Stats: 5-4-9, plus-4, 6 PIM in 25 GP Rating: 66.69
Comment: Dominated first pro season, tallying 53 points and posting a plus-16 rating in 42 AHL games.

21. Jonas Gustavsson, G, Toronto
Age: 25
Stats: 16-15-9, 2.87 GAA, .902 SVPCT, 1 SO in 42 GP Rating: 63.63
Comment: Struggled early, but was much better late in the season (7-2-1, 2.33 GAA, .915 SVPCT after Olympics).

22. Carl Gunnarsson, D, Toronto
Age: 23
Stats: 3-12-15, plus-8, 10 PIM in 43 GP Rating: 68.35
Comment: Surprised by earning top-four role and led Leafs with plus-8 rating.

23. Cody Franson, D, Nashville
Age: 22
Stats: 6-15-21, plus-15, 16 PIM in 61 GP Rating: 71.12
Comment: Protected with limited minutes in Nashville, but only five other rookie defencemen have had at least 20 points and a plus-15 rating in the last ten years.

24. Tyler Bozak, C, Toronto
Age: 24
Stats: 8-19-27, minus-5, 6 PIM in 37 GP Rating: 71.49
Comment: Highly-touted collegiate free agent last spring who had uneven AHL results before landing spot on Leafs' top line.

25. T.J. Galiardi, LW, Colorado
Age: 21
Stats: 15-24-39, plus-6, 28 PIM in 70 GP Rating: 74.86
Comment: Very effective two-way player whose role has steadily increased during the season and into the playoffs.

26. Niclas Bergfors, RW, Atlanta
Age: 23
Stats: 21-23-44, minus-10, 10 PIM in 81 GP Rating: 69.36
Comment: After four years of apprenticeship in the AHL, got traded to Atlanta midway through his rookie year in the Kovalchuk deal.

27. Michael Grabner, RW, Vancouver
Age: 22
Stats: 5-6-11, plus-2, 8 PIM in 20 GP Rating: 72.38
Comment: Marksman has had moments when given the chance, but still needs to prove he can do it for a full season.

28. Jason Demers, D, San Jose
Age: 21
Stats: 4-17-21, plus-5, 21 PIM in 51 GP Rating: 69.77
Comment: Seventh-round draft bargain scored 11 of his 21 points on the power play.

29. Peter Regin, LW, Ottawa
Age: 23
Stats: 13-16-29, plus-10, 20 PIM in 75 GP Rating: 70.89
Comment: Sound player in all three zones and has more offensive potential to unleash.

30. Johnny Boychuk, D, Boston
Age: 26
Stats: 5-10-15, plus-10, 43 PIM in 51 GP Rating: 68.67
Comment: Five years of grooming in AHL had him ready-made for NHL and has handled bigger role with injuries on Boston blueline.

31. Mikael Backlund, C, Calgary
Age: 21
Stats: 1-9-10, plus-5, 6 PIM in 23 GP Rating: 66.76
Comment: Has an NHL game, but it's yet to be determined if he scores enough to play a first or second-line role.

32. Zach Boychuk, LW, Carolina
Age: 20
Stats: 3-6-9, plus-1, 2 PIM in 32 GP Rating: 63.85
Comment: Got his feet wet in second half of the season, but needs more ice time to show offensive skills.

33. Michal Neuvirth, G, Washington
Age: 22
Stats: 9-4-0, 2.75 GAA, .914 SVPCT in 17 GP Rating: 71.17
Comment: Decent midseason fill-in with Caps could be due for an NHL job next season.

34. Brandon Yip, RW, Colorado
Age: 24
Stats: 11-8-19, plus-5, 22 PIM in 32 GP Rating: 72.54
Comment: Shockingly productive after up-and-down career at Boston University.

35. Artem Anisimov, C, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 21
Stats: 12-16-28, minus-2, 32 PIM in 82 GP Rating: 65.38
Comment: Not a huge offensive year, but solid enough for lanky pivot who can still get faster and stronger.

36. Luca Caputi, LW, Toronto
Age: 21
Stats: 2-6-8, minus-1, 12 PIM in 23 GP Rating: 63.92
Comment: Got a late-season audition after trade from Pittsburgh; has intriguing potential if he can fill out his 6-foot-3 frame.

37. Dan Sexton, RW, Anaheim
Age: 22
Stats: 9-10-19, minus-3, 16 PIM in 41 GP Rating: 68.73
Comment: Small but shifty forward had seven points in first six games; may have second-line potential.

38. Jeff Deslauriers, G, Edmonton
Age: 25
Stats: 16-28-4, 3.26 GAA, .901 SVPCT 3 SO in 48 GP Rating: 56.90
Comment: Played a total of 15 games between AHL and NHL in 2008-2009, then forced into 48 contests this year. Too much.

39. Matt Gilroy, D, N.Y. Rangers
Age: 25
Stats: 4-11-5, even, 23 PIM in 69 GP Rating: 63.72
Comment: Hobey Baker winner saw ice time decrease as season progressed and didn't play at all in April.

40. Brett Carson, D, Carolina
Age: 24
Stats: 2-10-12, plus-5, 12 PIM in 54 GP Rating: 65.70
Comment: Has good size and showed well on depleted Hurricanes blueline.

41. Viktor Stalberg, LW, Toronto
Age: 24
Stats: 9-5-14, minus-13, 30 PIM in 40 GP Rating: 65.63
Comment: Has shown flashes of goal-scoring ability; could be a 25-goal scorer or could be destined for AHL.

42. Tim Kennedy, LW, Buffalo
Age: 23
Stats: 10-16-26, minus-3, 50 PIM in 78 GP Rating: 64.82
Comment: Scrappy and versatile player just has to stay out of face-off circle, where he won just 33.5% of nearly 400 draws.

43. Scott Parse, RW, Los Angeles
Age: 25
Stats: 11-13-24, plus-13, 22 PIM in 59 GP Rating: 69.09
Comment: Has worked his way up through the ranks and become a reliable checking forward with some offensive skills to boot.

44. Thomas Greiss, G, San Jose
Age: 24
Stats: 7-4-1, 2.68 GAA, .912 SVPCT in 16 GP Rating: 70.10
Comment: Plays so little, it's hard to know what kind of potential he has, but appears to at least be an NHL-calibre goaltender.

45. Tom Wandell, C, Dallas
Age: 23
Stats: 5-10-15, plus-2, 14 PIM in 50 GP Rating: 67.18
Comment: Responsible forward had his season cut short by knee injury, but could be a third-line fixture when healthy.

46. Ryan Wilson, D, Colorado
Age: 23
Stats: 3-18-21, plus-13, 36 PIM in 61 GP Rating: 70.82
Comment: Was protected early in the season, but earned more minutes with steady play.

47. Zack Smith, C, Ottawa
Age: 21
Stats: 2-1-3, plus-1, 14 PIM in 15 GP Rating: 63.92
Comment: Has size and grit necessary to win a job; how high can he climb the depth chart?

48. Matt Beleskey, LW, Anaheim
Age: 21
Stats: 11-7-18, minus-10, 35 PIM in 60 GP Rating: 63.92
Comment: Winger who saw some time with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but may be more suited to third line.

49. Andrew MacDonald, D, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 23
Stats: 1-6-7, plus-4, 20 PIM in 46 GP Rating: 62.86
Comment: A good fit as part of Islanders' mobile group of defencemen.

50. Benn Ferriero, LW, San Jose
Age: 22
Stats: 2-3-5, plus-4, 8 PIM in 24 GP Rating: 62.78
Comment: Notched 50 points in 58 AHL games, so should be ready to challenge for a job again next season.

51. Casey Wellman, LW, Minnesota
Age: 22
Stats: 1-3-4, minus-2, 0 PIM in 12 GP Rating: 62.78
Comment: Free agent signed out of UMass-Amherst after 45 points in 36 games as a sophomore.

52. Mathieu Perreault, C, Washington
Age: 22
Stats: 4-5-9, plus-4, 6 PIM in 21 GP Rating: 67.21
Comment: Tiny, but he's been produtive at every level, even in his NHL appearances this year.

53. Vladimir Zharkov, RW, New Jersey
Age: 22
Stats: 0-10-10, plus-2, 8 PIM in 40 GP Rating: 62.99
Comment: Had 21 points in 23 AHL games before embarking on 40-game goalless drought to start his NHL career.

54. Cal O'Reilly, C, Nashville
Age: 23
Stats: 2-9-11, plus-1, 4 PIM in 31 GP Rating: 62.50
Comment: Has proven he can score at AHL level (188 points in 182 games over last three seasons).

55. Rob Schremp, C, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 23
Stats: 7-18-25, minus-4, 8 PIM in 44 GP Rating: 69.14
Comment: Gifted enough to play in the league, but can he do enough without the puck to stick full-time?

56. Shawn Matthias, C, Florida
Age: 21
Stats: 7-9-16, minus-3, 10 PIM in 55 GP Rating: 63.34
Comment: Has just 33 points in 88 career AHL games, but handled a limited role with Panthers.

57. Ryan Stoa, LW, Colorado
Age: 22
Stats: 2-1-3, minus-3, 0 PIM in 12 GP Rating: 63.11
Comment: Golden Gopher grad has power forward potential and tallied 40 points in 53 AHL games.

58. Justin Abdelkader, LW, Detroit
Age: 23
Stats: 3-3-6, minus-11, 35 PIM in 50 GP Rating: 60.33
Comment: Hard-pressed to get significant playing time in Detroit, but has already had some good playoff moments.

59. Ville Leino, LW, Philadelphia
Age: 26
Stats: 6-5-11, minus-8, 10 PIM in 55 GP Rating: 59.83
Comment: A Calder candidate entering the season, he's now battling for playing time after trade to Philly.

60. Nathan Gerbe, C, Buffalo
Age: 22
Stats: 2-3-5, plus-1, 4 PIM in 10 GP Rating: 70.82
Comment: Only 5-foot-5, but has 94 points in 101 AHL games to knock on the door in Buffalo.

61. Michal Repik, RW, Florida
Age: 21
Stats: 3-2-5, plus-1, 6 PIM in 19 GP Rating: 63.12
Comment: Don't know how much offensive upside he has, but 53 points in 60 AHL games is a good way to earn a promotion.

62. Christian Hanson, C, Toronto
Age: 24
Stats: 2-5-7, minus-2, 16 PIM in 31 GP Rating: 61.83
Comment: Had trouble generating offensive opportunities with Maple Leafs, but 31 points in 38 AHL games would seem to indicate there's still some potential in that regard.

63. Derek Joslin, D, San Jose
Age: 23
Stats: 0-3-3, plus-1, 12 PIM in 24 GP Rating: 57.51
Comment: Difficult to crack Sharks lineup, but had an impressive 32 points and plus-14 rating in 55 AHL games.

64. Nick Spaling, LW, Nashville
Age: 21
Stats: 0-3-3, plus-3, 0 PIM in 28 GP Rating: 59.02
Comment: Still looking for first NHL goal, but already reliable enough for regular fourth-line role.

65. Alexander Sulzer, D, Nashville
Age: 25
Stats: 0-2-2, plus-4, 4 PIM in 20 GP Rating: 58.05
Comment: Was expected to be an NHL regular by now and play in the AHL (30 points, plus-13 in 36 GP) suggests he's probably ready for another shot.

66. Mark Fraser, D, New Jersey
Age: 23
Stats: 3-3-6, plus-3, 36 PIM in 61 GP Rating: 60.02
Comment: Tough, steady stay-at-home blueliner.

67. Victor Oreskovich, RW, Florida
Age: 23
Stats: 2-4-6, minus-8, 26 PIM in 50 GP Rating: 58.93
Comment: Not gifted offensively, but pretty amazing to land an NHL job after taking two years off. Who knows what kind of improvement could come with full preparation?

68. Tom Pyatt, LW, Montreal
Age: 23
Stats: 2-3-5, minus-5, 10 PIM in 40 GP Rating: 58.31
Comment: Struggled early, but was a responsible player in latter half of the season.

69. Keaton Ellerby, D, Florida
Age: 21
Stats: 0-0-0, minus-1, 2 PIM in 22 GP Rating: 53.56
Comment: 10th overall pick in 2007 saw ridiculously little (5:26 per game) ice time when called up.

70. Brad Marchand, LW, Boston
Age: 21
Stats: 0-1-1, minus-3, 20 PIM in 20 GP Rating: 57.18
Comment: Little impact in NHL, but had 32 points in 34 AHL games.

71. Dustin Kohn, D, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 23
Stats: 0-4-4, minus-2, 4 PIM in 22 GP Rating: 59.09
Comment: Performed respectably, though played fewer than 12 minutes per game with Isles.

72. Jason Garrison, D, Florida
Age: 25
Stats: 2-6-8, plus-5, 23 PIM in 39 GP Rating: 62.51
Comment: Handled regular role quite effectively after trade deadline.

73. Davis Drewiske, D, Los Angeles
Age: 25
Stats: 1-7-8, minus-4, 14 PIM in 42 GP Rating: 60.39
Comment: Injuries, team depth limited him to four games after January 4th.

74. Andreas Thuresson, RW, Nashville
Age: 22
Stats: 1-2-3, minus-5, 4 PIM in 28 GP Rating: 58.81
Comment: A reliable winger, though he didn't get a great deal of ice time in his trial with Predators.

75. Jesse Joensuu, LW, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 22
Stats: 1-0-1, plus-4, 4 PIM in 11 GP Rating: 59.43
Comment: Big winger with developing offensive game.

76. Matthew Corrente, D, New Jersey
Age: 22
Stats: 0-0-0, even, 24 PIM in 12 GP Rating: 53.54
Comment: Played fewer than nine minutes per game with Devils; had 20 points, plus-3 rating in 43 AHL games.

77. Dylan Reese, D, N.Y. Islanders
Age: 25
Stats: 2-2-4, plus-4, 14 PIM in 19 GP Rating: 63.17
Comment: Harvard grad showed well in first taste of NHL action.

78. James Wright, LW, Tampa Bay
Age: 20
Stats: 2-3-5, minus-9, 18 PIM in 48 GP Rating: 56.25
Comment: Shockingly made team out of camp and stuck around for more than half the season. Had 19 points in 21 WHL games after getting sent back to junior.

79. Ben Maxwell, C, Montreal
Age: 22
Stats: 0-0-0, minus-2, 6 PIM in 13 GP Rating: 53.91
Comment: Has to get stronger if he's going to handle the rigors of NHL game.

80. Matt Halischuk, RW, New Jersey
Age: 21
Stats: 1-1-2, minus-4, 2 PIM in 20 GP Rating: 57.06
Comment: May not have enough offensive game to warrant more than depth role.

81. Ryan Stone, C, Edmonton
Age: 25
Stats: 0-6-6, plus-2, 48 PIM in 27 GP Rating: 60.95
Comment: Gritty fourth-liner was solid in that role before knee injury put him on the shelf.

82. Troy Bodie, RW, Anaheim
Age: 25
Stats: 5-2-7, minus-8, 80 PIM in 44 GP Rating: 58.85
Comment: Has size (6-foot-4, 219 pounds) and can use it, but is the rest of his game up to NHL standard?

83. David Schlemko, D, Phoenix
Age: 22
Stats: 1-4-5, plus-1, 8 PIM in 17 GP Rating: 63.47
Comment: Undrafted player who has climbed through the minor-league ranks.

84. Bryan Rodney, D, Carolina
Age: 25
Stats: 1-10-11, minus-4, 8 PIM in 22 GP Rating: 68.44
Comment: Has worked his way up as an undrafted player and moves the puck well enough to get another look.

85. Taylor Chorney, D, Edmonton
Age: 22
Stats: 0-3-3, minus-21, 12 PIM in 42 GP Rating: 56.58
Comment: Bad teams, to be sure, but was a combined minus-41 between AHL and NHL this season.

86. Blair Jones, C, Tampa Bay
Age: 23
Stats: 0-0-0, minus-5, 10 PIM in 14 GP Rating: 57.28
Comment: Big centre with a chance to earn a checking line role.

87. Oskars Bartulis, D, Philadelphia
Age: 23
Stats: 1-8-9, minus-12, 28 PIM in 53 GP Rating: 56.58
Comment: Doesn't play much (13:59 per game), but has improved after horrible start (minus-12 in first 39 games).

88. Paul Bissonnette, LW, Phoenix
Age: 25
Stats: 3-2-5, minus-2, 117 PIM in 41 GP Rating: 58.76
Comment: Enforcer has found his niche in a part-time role.

89. Michael Santorelli, C, Nashville
Age: 24
Stats: 2-1-3, minus-8, 8 PIM in 25 GP Rating: 57.09
Comment: Like Cal O'Reilly, has proven that he can score in the AHL (129 points in 127 games over last two seasons), but is still trying to stick in the NHL.

90. Robbie Earl, LW, Minnesota
Age: 24
Stats: 6-0-6, plus-1, 6 PIM in 32 GP Rating: 61.98
Comment: Has 37 points in 110 AHL games over last two seasons, so any NHL future seems to be of the fourth line variety.

91.Devan Dubnyk, G, Edmonton
Age: 23
Stats: 4-10-2, 3.57 GAA, .889 SVPCT in 19 GP Rating: 46.80
Comment: First-round pick in 2004 was thrust into action with Oilers. Started slowly -- winless in 10 -- before performing better in the last month or so.

92. Frazer McLaren, LW, San Jose
Age: 22
Stats: 1-5-6, plus-6, 54 PIM in 23 GP Rating: 61.86
Comment: Tough guy can mix it up, but has 24 points, to go with 346 penalty minutes, in 132 AHL games.

93. Ryan White, RW, Montreal
Age: 22
Stats: 0-2-2, minus-6, 16 PIM in 16 GP Rating: 56.42
Comment: Blue collar forward racked up 173 PIM in 62 AHL games.

94. Grant Clitsome, D, Columbus
Age: 24
Stats: 1-2-3, even, 6 PIM in 11 GP Rating: 62.84
Comment: Remember when the NHL draft was nine rounds? Clitsome was a ninth-round pick in 2004.

95. Jonathon Kalinski, C, Philadelphia
Age: 22
Stats: 0-2-2, minus-2, 0 PIM in 10 GP Rating: 58.75
Comment: Checker has played 22 NHL games over past two seasons.

96. Chris Bourque, LW, Washington
Age: 24
Stats: 0-3-3, minus-6, 10 PIM in 21 GP Rating: 57.08
Comment: Undersized forward hasn't been able to secure NHL job, but dominated AHL (70 points in 49 games).

97. Theo Peckham, D, Edmonton
Age: 22
Stats: 0-1-1, minus-8, 43 PIM in 15 GP Rating: 54.48
Comment: Tough customer is battling to win a regular depth spot on the blueline.

98. Kenndal McArdle, LW, Florida
Age: 23
Stats: 1-2-3, minus-4, 29 PIM in 19 GP Rating: 58.32
Comment: Hard-working up-and-down winger who probably doesn't score enough (42 points in 112 AHL games) to land more than a depth role.

99. Richard Clune, LW, Los Angeles
Age: 22
Stats: 0-2-2, plus-1, 26 PIM in 14 GP Rating: 58.21
Comment: Agitator has 23 points and 213 penalty minutes in 79 AHL games over last two seasons.

100. David Laliberte, RW, Philadelphia
Age: 24
Stats: 2-1-3, plus-1, 6 PIM in 11 GP Rating: 61.99
Comment: Scored two goals and three points in first two NHL games then nothing in very minimal ice time after that.

Ben Lovejoy, D, Pittsburgh
Age: 26
Stats: 0-3-3, plus-8, 2 PIM in 12 GP Rating: 63.35
Comment: Very good minor-league defenceman, but likelihood of landing regular NHL gig dwindles at his age.

Mark Letestu, C, Pittsburgh
Age: 25
Stats: 1-0-1, minus-2, 2 PIM in 10 GP Rating: 57.60
Comment: Has been productive (116 points in 136 games) in last two AHL seasons.

Adam McQuaid, D, Boston
Age: 23
Stats: 1-0-1, minus-5, 21 PIM in 19 GP Rating: 55.48
Comment: Injuries created opening for big blueliner, though his playing time has been limited.

Alexandre Bolduc, C, Vancouver
Age: 24
Stats: 0-0-0, minus-3, 13 PIM in 15 GP Rating: 55.37
Comment: Scrappy forward has one point in 22 career games and fought towering Wild defenceman John Scott.

Bryan Bickell, LW, Chicago
Age: 24
Stats: 3-1-4, plus-4, 5 PIM in 16 GP Rating: 63.76
Comment: Has the size to be a power forward, but 109 points in 228 career AHL games isn't enough to warrant NHL job.

Brett Sutter, LW, Calgary
Age: 22
Stats: 0-0-0, minus-1, 5 PIM in 10 GP Rating: 55.42
Comment: Has the bloodlines, but 49 points in 137 AHL games over the last two seasons doesn't indicate NHL impact.

Mike Duco, RW, Florida
Age: 22
Stats: 0-0-0, minus-3, 50 PIM in 10 GP Rating: 54.39
Comment: Peter DeBoer fave has 47 points and 258 penalty minutes in 127 AHL games.

Jay Rosehill, LW, Toronto
Age: 24
Stats: 1-1-2, minus-2, 67 PIM in 15 GP Rating: 57.15
Comment: Provides organizational muscle, but only has six points in 59 AHL games with Marlies.

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