Tyler Bunz shows us his patented "perpendicular to the net" stance. And you people wonder why he didn't make the Top 25? Photo by Lisa McRitchie
The Top 25 Under 25 is now finished for the fourth time, and you can tell the list is getting better. Last summer, six of Edmonton's draft picks were able to make the Top 25. This summer, there were only five, which leaves a few of the new rankings unresolved, which gives this post a little bit of added suspense. Find out where the new hires (and Tyler Bunz!) got ranked after the jump.
Below is a chart showing the each writer's individual ratings. I've included all 48 players who were under consideration for this list, though a couple of them have already moved on. The columns in the chart are sortable; simply click on the header row and you're ready to go.
As always, we're interested in where you think we went wrong, and to get that conversation started, I'll talk about what I think were the most questionable picks:
Ben: The one that sticks out the most for me is Andrew Cogliano at #29 just behind Ryan O'Marra. Indefensible. Have you heard the expression "familiarity breeds contempt"? In this case, it's not so much contempt as it is the purest form of loathing. Other notables: Chris VandeVelde at #16; Johan Motin at #23; Kristians Pelss at #25.
Bruce: Bruce has a reputation for loving goalies, which is why his placement of Olivier Roy at #31 came as such a surprise. It's like Bruce didn't get the memo that clutch doesn't exists. You know the guy played games besides the World Juniors and the QMJHL playoffs, right? Other notables: Tyler Bunz at #17; Gilbert Brule at #23; Johan Motin at #46
Derek: I may not have had Tyler Bunz in my Top 25, but at least I didn't have him in the 40's! Derek dropped Bunz eights spots from our last list probably because Bunz was too good in the playoffs. Unlike Bruce, Derek knows that clutch doesn't exist, so when a guy comes up big in the playoffs, you know he sucks. Other notables: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at #6 (or #7); Troy Hesketh at #40; Ryan O'Marra at #46
Jaysen: Derek made sure to keep me from mocking his O'Marra ranking by curb-stomping Bunz, but then Jaysen went and did the same thing! I was certain that I'd have O'Marra the lowest at #38, but even I didn't have the gall to say that Troy Hesketh has a better shot at glory. That's just mean. Other notables: Jeff Petry at #3; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at #6; Oscar Klefbom at #15
Jon: He keeps getting asked about Martin Marincin and he keeps right on ignoring the question. The guy had a terrible second half, and Jon has him in eighth? I hate to be the one to tell you Jon, but even though loyalty is an admirable quality, stubbornness isn't. Other notables: Tyler Pitlick at #18; Frans Tuohimaa at #28; Chris VandeVelde at #36
Scott: I'm pretty sure that all my rankings are bang on. Some might say that Antti Tyrvainen is a little high at #22, but those people would be dead wrong. Antti Tyrvainen is Tikkanen with language skills. Other notables: Andrew Cogliano at #8; Tobias Rieder at #36; Travis Ewanyk at #46