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Hockey Prospectus Ranks The Oilers Prospects, Dings Nugent-Hopkins

Corey Pronman ranks the prospects

Dale MacMillan

As we run down our Summer Top 25 Under 25, we've given our readers a chance to weigh in with the 1-47 poll, and we'll publish those results in August. It's also interesting to see the opinions of "neutral" parties, in this case Hockey Prospectus' Corey Pronman, and his annual NHL-wide prospect rankings.

Pronman published the Oilers' list today, ranking the Oilers 15th in the NHL and published his list of top 10 non-NHL prospects and top 10 organizational prospects (he defines prospects as "players 22 or under as of 09/15/2013 or a players who have 25 or fewer regular season games played during the last NHL season, or 50 or fewer career NHL regular season games played.")

One passage in particular caught my eye:

"Nugent-Hopkins was a part of Edmonton's great top line this past season. His skill level is tremendous, but his upside may be a tier below the other two top picks."

The fans in our winter rankings did not agree, ranking Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in front of Nail Yakupov, and both of them behind Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz.

For the rest of the rankings, click through to read the article. If you'd like to argue with Corey about his rankings, find him on Twitter: @coreypronman