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2018 CBJ Top 25 Under 25: Full Results and Discussion

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

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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.

Will:

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?

Ryan:

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.

PD:

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

Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Points
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Points
points 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Seth Jones 2525 672 46 22 63 19 3 3350
Zach Werenski 75 1704 828 88 63 20 19 18 30 2845
Pierre-Luc Dubois 250 744 1426 242 63 80 12 6 2823
Oliver Bjorkstrand 50 24 92 396 525 660 228 216 102 32 9 8 5 2347
Alexander Wennberg 25 24 184 1144 294 220 152 90 51 48 15 42 36 2 2327
Josh Anderson 50 92 308 588 340 475 198 153 48 15 11 4 2282
Boone Jenner 25 24 46 88 231 280 304 306 153 192 120 70 65 36 22 10 9 7 1988
Markus Nutivaara 23 110 483 260 399 234 187 32 135 56 13 11 18 1961
Ryan Murray 24 66 21 120 171 306 272 336 165 84 26 36 33 30 6 5 3 1704
Joonas Korpisalo 66 42 60 114 198 272 224 255 168 130 48 55 30 9 16 7 3 1 1698
Vitaly Abramov 23 22 84 100 114 198 170 112 120 154 143 96 132 60 27 8 14 5 4 2 1588
Sonny Milano 22 21 80 152 72 187 256 240 196 78 96 33 40 45 7 5 6 1 1537
Lukas Sedlak 20 38 18 85 96 105 84 117 144 110 130 63 72 21 6 5 8 2 1124
Dean Kukan 23 20 19 18 17 80 45 98 273 96 132 110 81 48 21 12 5 8 9 1115
Anthony Duclair 54 51 112 150 168 130 156 121 60 27 24 28 18 10 4 1113
Elvis Merzlikins 22 40 38 18 68 48 60 84 39 84 11 110 36 16 35 30 25 12 6 4 3 789
Gabriel Carlsson 21 17 16 56 52 48 121 60 135 104 28 42 15 32 9 10 1 767
Markus Hannikainen 25 24 44 40 54 17 64 15 70 52 48 33 30 45 32 42 12 4 3 4 3 661
Vladislav Gavrikov 19 54 17 32 15 28 52 72 77 60 45 32 49 60 25 12 3 4 1 657
Liam Foudy 21 51 16 15 98 13 36 33 20 72 40 14 24 40 20 12 6 7 538
Alexandre Texier 18 34 60 26 36 33 30 72 40 49 42 35 24 12 8 4 523
Jonathan Davidsson 18 16 42 39 24 33 30 36 40 56 36 40 16 9 12 2 449
Scott Harrington 15 14 13 84 22 30 72 32 42 10 9 4 2 349
Calvin Thurkauf 23 20 16 30 12 11 10 36 32 28 30 15 20 12 10 5 310
Kevin Stenlund 20 18 15 26 12 11 10 18 8 28 24 20 28 24 14 4 280
Alex Broadhurst 48 23 13 33 30 9 24 21 18 35 12 3 4 4 277
Paul Bittner 25 22 17 14 13 12 22 30 9 21 42 10 8 6 8 5 264
Eric Robinson 15 40 18 32 21 24 15 12 21 12 4 214
Matiss Kivlenieks 22 26 12 11 20 32 35 6 20 8 12 4 5 213
Kole Sherwood 20 18 13 10 32 7 12 15 8 18 12 7 172
Kirill Marchenko 18 34 11 20 9 24 12 5 12 15 6 5 171
Andrew Peeke 21 16 15 14 8 21 18 5 24 6 4 6 158
Sam Vigneault 16 13 16 14 6 24 15 10 3 117
Maxime Fortier 11 10 24 7 12 20 4 9 4 3 104
Garret Cockerill 24 19 12 11 14 10 2 92
Daniil Tarasov 13 16 20 12 2 2 65
Ryan Collins 9 7 18 10 4 9 6 1 64
Ryan MacInnis 8 7 12 15 4 9 2 57
Blake Siebenaler 21 19 6 4 2 52
Justin Scott 17 10 8 12 3 1 51
Hayden Hodgson 25 13 2 1 41
Marcus Karlberg 13 10 6 3 2 2 36
Veini Vehvilainen 16 5 12 2 1 36
Carson Meyer 7 6 10 4 6 33
Doyle Somerby 17 15 32
Daniel Zaar 13 5 4 8 1 31
Emil Bemstrom 6 5 6 2 1 20
Peter Thome 9 10 19
Trey Fix-Wolansky 5 4 3 2 3 17
Tim Berni 4 3 4 11
Veeti Vainio 8 8
Dillon Simpson 5 5
Robbie Stucker 4 4
Tyler Bird 1 1
Kale Howarth 0
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