Duclair, Buchnevich in top-15 of ESPN’s Top-50 Prospects

ESPN runs their top prospects lists a few times per year, and this time around they rectified something that was perceived as a slap in the face to Ranger fans. The rankings –written by Corey Pronman, who is one of the best prospect evaluators around, so no lazy ESPN comments please– ranked Pavel Buchnevich at #25 and left Anthony Duclair off the list (honorable mention).

This time around (Insider only), following Duclair’s fantasatic preseason and promising first stint in the NHL bumped him all the way to #12 on the list. Buchnevich, who is having an outstanding year in the KHL, moved to #15 in the list. Duclair is expected to compete for a roster spot next year. Buchnevich’s contract with his KHL club is up this year, and he’s expected to join the Rangers organization and push for a roster spot out of camp.

That’s why these lists are always worth a read, it can show you progress relative to other prospects around the world. With one preseason and a handful of regular season games, Duclair jumped 88 spots to #12 on the top prospects list. Buchnevich jumped 10 spots. It’s also fun to read the “experts” dissection of Pronman’s rankings (Insider only).

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  • These so called experts don’t know squat!!!!!

    The people I listen to are on the network. They live and breath hockey, while the dip sticks at ESPN really don’t know much at all!!!

    Just my opinion!!!!!

  • Regardless of the exact number ranking its clear than the Rangera have two top tier offensive prospects to bolster an already talented crop of wingers. Where Duke and Buch are ranked 12,15 or another number. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t think they’ll both be impact scoring forwards at the NHL level.

    Kudos to Clark and team for scooping them up in the 3rd round

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