The fun day has come for us to see where our top prospects are going and who may be our new favorite rookie!
As great as our rookie class from 2016 was, we have to greet these new rookies warmly and give them support as well. I will always miss the rookies from the past season but I can still watch them as they grow into superstars in the NHL.
With all that being said, I wanted to evaluate the top prospects by going through the projected lists and seeing how they rank against each other by using their junior stats to find their z-scores.
This does not mean that one is actually better than the other, since they play in different junior leagues, because numbers should not be our only basis on their talent. Enjoy the lists and good luck to your team on this exciting day!
Agree with your team's probable selection? Look below to see how the top 31 rank in goals!
Here are the numbers for goals for our top 31 prospects from nhl.com*:
Mean number of goals- 25.2
Standard Deviation- 11.48
Nolan Patrick's z-score- -0.45
Nico Hischier's z-score- 1.11
Casey Mittelstadt's z-score- -0.36
Gabriel Vilardi's z-score- 0.33
Michael Rasmussen's z-score- 0.59
Cody Glass's z-score- 0.59
Owen Tippett's z-score- 1.64
Eeli Tolvanen's z-score- 0.42
Cale Makar's z-score- -0.1
Nick Suzuki's z-score- 1.72
Juuso Valimaki's z-score- -0.54
Callan Foote's z-score- -1.67
Ryan Poehling's z-score- -1.59
Jason Robertson's z-score- 1.46
Isaac Ratcliffe's z-score- 0.24
Shane Bowers's z-score- -0.28
Kailer Yamamoto's z-score- 1.46
Conor Timmins's z-score- -1.59
Henri Jokiharju's z-score- -1.41
Nicolas Hague's z-score- -0.63
Jaret Anderson's z-score- 1.20
Robert Thomas's z-score- -0.80
Kole Lind's z-score- 0.42
Grant Mismash's z-score- 0.07
Nick Henry's z-score- 0.85
Aleksi Heponiemi's z-score- 0.24
Pierre-Olivier Joseph's z-score- -1.67
Nikita Popugaev's z-score- 0.33
Alex Formenton's z-score- -0.80
Maxime Comtois's z-score- -0.28
Morgan Frost's z-score- -0.45
Highest z-score is Nick Suzuki with 45 goals this season!
*Keep in mind that some players were injured for some time this season or they played in a different league that may have tougher competition. They also could be a defenceman which would give them a smaller ot negative z-score.
Z-score measures how far away someone is from the mean, thus separating them from the crowd and helping them stand out.
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!