2018 CBJ Top 25 Under 25: Full Results and Discussion

Who was too high? Too low? Who did we miss?

Thanks again for participating in the 2018 CBJ Top 25 Under 25 series here at The Cannon. We’ve enjoyed writing these profiles and discussing these players with you in the comments. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed voting and reading.

If you’ve missed any, here is the full archive of our countdown.

The full results will be posted below, but first the staff wanted to comment on which players we felt were too high or too low, and which players should have been on the list.

Too High/Too Low

Pale Dragon:

I would not have put Lukas Sedlak, Markus Hannikainen, or Scott Harrington on the list. I feel like each has reached his ceiling, and that’s not a good thing when you’re still 25 or younger. I didn’t set a criteria for voting, but in my personal opinion the list should be for young players who have either accomplished a lot already or who have a lot of potential.

Ryan Real:

Seth Jones was too low.

Honestly, I was struck by Markus Nutivaara’s spot. You may think he’s too high, and maybe he is–he doesn’t have Sonny Milano’s talent or Joonas Korpisalso’s obvious potential–but the more you look at how he’s grown and what he could do for the club, a top-10 ranking seems about right. Another season from Boone Jenner like last year’s and that spot belongs to Nuti.

Vitaly Abramov is also too high. I get it and I’m sure he’s that good and nobody will be happier than me if and when he does the damn thing, but putting him above NHL regulars might be a little much. I can’t believe he beat out Sonny Milano. Sonny outscored Boone last year!

William Chase:

I would have dropped Harrington. Whether lower or off the list altogether. I think based on his NHL experience Duclair can be higher and with his upside that I believe he still possesses.

Who shouldn’t have been left out?

Elaine Shircliff:

I was shocked by the lack of Monsters voted into the Top 25 Under 25. Guys like Doyle Somerby (D/F) and Matiss Kivlenieks (G) should have made the cut. Kivlenieks started the 2017-18 season thinking he would be the back up netminder for the Monsters. Little did he know an injury to Brad Thiessen would catapult him into the top spot for the bulk of the season. Kivlenieks learned on the fly and did quite well in the process. The Monsters record doesn’t do Kivlenieks any justice. During the 2017-18 season, Somerby came in clutch multiple times. He is a phenomenal defender who can also play forward quite well. I highly enjoyed watching him take the ice as a forward more than a defender. Why? Because his demeanor was full of excitement for the challenge which lay ahead of him. As a defender, I was often impressed at Somerby’s ability to read the ice and figure out what his opponent will do next. Both Kivlenieks and Somerby deserve a closer watch this upcoming season.


As far as a player that did not make the list, Maxime Fortier. Only 20-years-old and coming off consecutive 32-goal campaigns, and 31 in 2015-16 with the Halifax Mooseheads, who he also captained. Entering his first season in the AHL, what kind of numbers can the 5’10” RW put up?


Alex Broadhurst. He was close to making it, sure, but I think he deserves a spot in the top 25. He finally made it to the show in garbage time last year after wearing the “A” in Cleveland. Broadhurst strikes me as a tweener, one point off the Monsters lead last year, but maybe not ready for a full-time gig in the NHL. Still, Tortorella singled him out as one of the young guys who could take the leap and make a push through the organization. It speaks well of the depth that a guy who scored 41 points in 66 games couldn’t make it, but I think he could’ve broken into our list.


I agree with Will about Maxime Fortier. Site founder Mike MacLean lives in Halifax and was very excited when the Jackets signed Fortier. His numbers in juniors are very impressive and I can’t wait to see him light the lamp in Cleveland this year.

Another player who should have gotten more love is Kirill Marchenko. He could end up being the best player out of the 2018 Columbus draft class. Most of Jarmo Kekalainen’s picks this year were on the smaller size, but in contrast Marchenko is already 6’3” and 187 lbs. With that size and with his great hands, he could be another physical scoring threat a la Boone Jenner or Josh Anderson.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Full Results

2018 CBJ Top 25 Under 25 Results

Seth Jones25256724622631933350
Zach Werenski7517048288863201918302845
Pierre-Luc Dubois250744142624263801262823
Oliver Bjorkstrand502492396525660228216102329852347
Alexander Wennberg2524184114429422015290514815423622327
Josh Anderson509230858834047519815348151142282
Boone Jenner252446882312803043061531921207065362210971988
Markus Nutivaara2311048326039923418732135561311181961
Ryan Murray24662112017130627233616584263633306531704
Joonas Korpisalo6642601141982722242551681304855309167311698
Vitaly Abramov2322841001141981701121201541439613260278145421588
Sonny Milano22218015272187256240196789633404575611537
Lukas Sedlak20381885961058411714411013063722165821124
Dean Kukan232019181780459827396132110814821125891115
Anthony Duclair545111215016813015612160272428181041113
Elvis Merzlikins2240381868486084398411110361635302512643789
Gabriel Carlsson21171656524812160135104284215329101767
Markus Hannikainen25244440541764157052483330453242124343661
Vladislav Gavrikov19541732152852727760453249602512341657
Liam Foudy2151161598133633207240142440201267538
Alexandre Texier183460263633307240494235241284523
Jonathan Davidsson181642392433303640563640169122449
Scott Harrington15141384223072324210942349
Calvin Thurkauf2320163012111036322830152012105310
Kevin Stenlund201815261211101882824202824144280
Alex Broadhurst482313333092421183512344277
Paul Bittner252217141312223092142108685264
Eric Robinson154018322124151221124214
Matiss Kivlenieks2226121120323562081245213
Kole Sherwood201813103271215818127172
Kirill Marchenko18341120924125121565171
Andrew Peeke2116151482118524646158
Sam Vigneault1613161462415103117
Maxime Fortier111024712204943104
Garret Cockerill241912111410292
Daniil Tarasov131620122265
Ryan Collins971810496164
Ryan MacInnis87121549257
Blake Siebenaler211964252
Justin Scott17108123151
Hayden Hodgson25132141
Marcus Karlberg1310632236
Veini Vehvilainen165122136
Carson Meyer76104633
Doyle Somerby171532
Daniel Zaar13548131
Emil Bemstrom6562120
Peter Thome91019
Trey Fix-Wolansky5432317
Tim Berni43411
Veeti Vainio88
Dillon Simpson55
Robbie Stucker44
Tyler Bird11
Kale Howarth0

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