Top 25 Under 25 - Winter 2013 - Final Rankings

Sam Greenwood

We've got the pieces. Now it's just a matter of putting them together.

The Oilers have now returned from their longest road trip of the season, and it sure was an odd one. The team entered the season with higher expectations than they have since the start of the 2009-10 season (NB: they finished dead last that season), but began their lengthy road trip in rough shape. With twelve points, the club had a great chance to make the playoffs. After seven of the nine games, that goal was unattainable, and instead of the playoffs, the Oilers seem poised (yeah, I went there) for another top-ten pick in next year's draft. Two games (and two wins) later, the Oilers are one hot streak away from a playoff spot.

If you're an eternal optimist, you'll be screaming, "We'll make the playoffs! And if not, that pick will continue to improve Edmonton's amazing young core!" We spoke quite a bit about the lack of depth on this list as we were profiling individual players, but the top five is ridiculously talented and the next five is pretty darn good too. The Florida Panthers probably said the same thing in the summer of 2003, but hey, whether the Oilers make the playoffs or not this season, the future is bright!

But for now, we'll chart the players we have (though it is fun to imagine where you might slot Seth Jones, Aleksander Barkov, or Sean Monahan). The chart below shows each writer's individual rankings as well as the overall list. The columns are sortable; just click on the name in the top forw for the column that you'd like to see and you're ready to go.

Overall Player AH Ben Bruce DB DZ JW MP RB SR
1 Taylor Hall 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
2 Nail Yakupov 3 2 4 4 1 3 3 3 2
3 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 2 5 2 5 5 2 5 2 3
4 Justin Schultz 4 6 3 3 3 4 2 4 4
5 Jordan Eberle 5 3 5 2 6 5 4 5 5
6 Sam Gagner 6 4 6 6 4 6 6 6 6
7 Magnus Paajarvi 7 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 9
8 Oscar Klefbom 9 7 7 10 9 9 8 8 7
9 Teemu Hartikainen 8 8 9 8 8 8 9 9 10
10 Martin Marincin 10 10 10 9 11 10 10 10 8
11 David Musil 12 11 12 12 13 12 11 11 12
12 Dillon Simpson 11 12 15 11 10 13 17 12 11
13 Martin Gernat 13 13 11 13 15 11 13 15 13
14 Jujhar Khaira 16 15 14 14 12 14 15 13 14
15 Anton Lander 14 14 13 15 17 16 12 16 15
16 Taylor Fedun 15 17 16 16 14 15 18 14 17
17 Tobias Rieder 19 20 17 17 21 18 19 17 16
18 Colten Teubert 22 16 18 20 23 19 21 18 18
19 Olivier Roy 17 22 21 21 19 17 14 20 25
20 Kyle Bigos 26 19 26 22 18 27 16 21 20
21 Toni Rajala 23 21 24 19 24 22 20 23 21
22 Tyler Pitlick 27 18 19 27 16 31 26 19 22
23 Mark Arcobello 20 25 27 18 34 23 27 25 26
24 Tyler Bunz 18 23 23 25 29 29 25 26 29
25 Erik Gustafsson 21 26 25 23 31 26 34 27 19
26 Brandon Davidson 28 35 20 24 20 21 33 22 31
27 Ryan Martindale 24 24 29 26 33 30 22 33 28
28 Joey Laleggia 30 33 28 30 32 25 23 31 23
29 Curtis Hamilton 25 27 31 29 26 37 29 28 37
30 Daniil Zharkov 29 30 30 39 22 35 30 24 32
31 Kristians Pelss 32 34 33 32 25 34 24 30 34
32 Alex Plante 31 28 34 28 36 39 28 34 27
33 John McCarron 38 32 36 34 27 32 39 29 33
34 Philippe Cornet 33 29 35 33 30 33 38 36 39
35 Frans Tuohimaa 36 36 39 31 39 28 35 35 30
36 Mitch Moroz 37 42 22 40 41 20 32 41 35
37 Niko Hovinen 35 37 38 35 37 36 37 32 24
38 Samu Perhonen 34 31 37 36 38 24 36 39 38
39 Travis Ewanyk 40 40 32 41 28 38 31 38 40
40 Antti Tyrvainen 39 41 40 38 40 40 40 37 36
41 Kellen Jones 41 39 42 37 35 41 41 40 41
42 Cameron Abney 42 38 41 42 42 42 42 42 42

As always, I'm interested in hearing about where you think any one of us went wrong (especially if it's Derek), and to get that conversation started, I'll list a few of the more distinctive rankings from each of our panelists.

Notables Inside the Top 25:

Alan: Ryan Martindale (24), Curtis Hamilton (25)
Ben: Ryan Martindale (24)
Bruce: Brandon Davidson (20), Mitch Moroz (22)
DB: Brandon Davidson (24)
Derek: Brandon Davidson (20), Daniil Zharkov (22), Kristians Pelss (25)
Jon: Mitch Moroz (20), Brandon Davidson (21), Samu Perhonen (24), Joey Laleggia (25)
Michael: Ryan Martindale (22), Joey Laleggia (23), Kristians Pelss (24)
Ryan: Brandon Davidson (22), Daniil Zharkov (24),
Scott: Joey Laleggia (23), Niko Hovinen (24)

Notables Outside the Top 25:

Alan: Kyle Bigos (26), Tyler Pitlick (27)
Ben: Erik Gustafsson (26)
Bruce: Kyle Bigos (26), Mark Arcobello (27)
DB: Tyler Pitlick (27)
Derek: Tyler Bunz (29), Erik Gustafsson (31), Mark Arcobello (34)
Jon: Erik Gustafsson (26), Kyle Bigos (27), Tyler Bunz (29), Tyler Pitlick (31)
Michael: Tyler Pitlick (26), Mark Arcobello (27), Erik Gustafsson (34)
Ryan: Tyler Bunz (26), Erik Gustafsson (27),
Scott: Mark Arcobello (26), Tyler Bunz (29)

Off the Consensus:

Alan: Tyler Bunz (18)
Ben: Justin Schultz (6), Colten Teubert (16)
Bruce:
DB: Daniil Zharkov (39)
Derek: Travis Ewanyk (28), Mark Arcobello (34)
Jon: Samu Perhonen (24), Tyler Pitlick (31)
Michael: Olivier Roy (14), Kyle Bigos (16), Dillon Simpson (17)
Ryan:
Scott: Niko Hovinen (24), Olivier Roy (25)

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