Well, the 2015 edition of the FlamesNation prospect rankings is in the books! Thanks to everyone that participated and everyone that read the series. It was fun to write about, which is good in the summer-time, as we quietly wait for hockey to return.
Of course, you’re all probably curious how contentious the process was. I’ll post the voting breakdown after the jump and you can check it out.
The panel was asked to rank the Flames prospects from 1 to 20. Points were assigned to each ranking in reverse order (20 points for 1st, 1 point for 20th, and so on.) Ballots were secret, so nobody knew who anyone else chose – and strangely, a lot of the players were ranked the same regardless.
Here’s how the rankings shook down.
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- Everybody ranked Jon Gillies ahead of Mason McDonald, often by 10 spots or so.
- Only a few panelists ranked Rasmus Andersson ahead of Oliver Kylington.
- The panel was predictably split on Mark Jankowski; the 2012 first rounder was ranked as high as 7th and as low as 17th.
- Outside of a few outliers – Mike loving Ryan Culkin, me loving Morgan Klimchuk, Beloch loving Hunter Smith – most of the rest of the rankings showed a fairly good amount of consensus.
- 17 of the 20 top players ranked by our panel were Calgary Flames draft picks.
Big thanks to the individuals that chatted with us about the Top 20 prospects so we could add their insights. So a big stick-tap to head coach Ryan Huska of the Stockton Heat (and to Stockton’s PR guru for setting it up), Brock Otten of the OHL Prospects Blog and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News.