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Mark Seidel’s Blog: Prospects who should be part of deadline deals

Bobby Ryan has three goals and five points in 13 games with the Ducks this season. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Bobby Ryan has three goals and five points in 13 games with the Ducks this season. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

The following list includes the five prospects from each team who will be looking to add a major piece at the trade deadline.

North American Central Scouting has listed, in order, the young players who will be the most coveted in any deadline deal.
1.    Bobby Ryan, RW – Portland (AHL) – Drafted 1st Round, 2005 – Big, strong scoring machine.

2.    Brendan Mikkelson, D – Portland (AHL) – 2nd Round ’05 – Steady and safe defender.

3.    Mark Mitera, D – Michigan (CCHA) – 1st Round ’06 – Smart defenseman helping Michigan become No. 1.

4.    Steven Kampfer, D – Michigan (CCHA) – 4th Round ’07 – Another Michigan defender with an offensive upside.

5.    Matt Beleskey, LW – Belleville (OHL) – 4th Round ’06 – Power forward that can bang, fight and score.

1.    Jimmy Howard, G – Grand Rapids (AHL) – 2nd Round ’03 – Big goaltender that has the tools to be a No. 1.

2.    Justin Abdelkader, LW – Michigan (CCHA) – 2nd Round ’05 – Slick offensive speedster who will score and create chances.

3.    Brendan Smith, D – Wisconsin (WCHA) – 1st Round ’07 – Having a solid, but not spectacular freshman year.

4.    Logan Pyett, D – Regina (WHL) – 7th Round ’06 – Late round gem that helped Canada win the WJC.

5.    Cory Emmerton, C – Brampton (OHL) – 2nd Round ’06 – Up and down year, but still has a bright future.
1.    Jeff Frazee, G – Minnesota (WCHA) – 2nd Round ’05 – Has been a winning machine at Minnesota.

2.    Nicklas Bergfors, RW – Lowell (AHL) – 1st Round ’05 – Still figuring out the North American game, but has skills.

3.    Alexander Vasyunov, LW – Yaroslavl (RUS) – 2nd Round ’06 – Flashy winger can bring fans out of their seats.

4.    Matt Halischuk, RW – Kitchener (OHL) – 4th Round ’07 – Late bloomer will help lead Kitchener into the Memorial Cup.

5.    Matt Corrente, D – Niagara (OHL) – 1st Round ’06 – Injury-riddled since draft, but has all the tools.


1.    Mikael Backlund, C – Vasteras (SWE) – 1st Round ’07 – Skilled centerman had a good WJC.

2.    Leland Irving, G – Everett (WHL) – 1st Round ’06 – Big goaltender has battled inconsistency.

3.    Matt Pelech, D – Quad City (AHL) – 1st Round ’05 – Big and tough defender who can be a No. 5 blueliner.

4.    Juuso Puustinen, RW – Kamloops (WHL) – 5th Round ’06 – Great WJC performance and has been good in Kamloops.

5.    John Negrin, D – Kootenay (WHL) – 3rd Round ’07 – Offensive defenseman with a high upside.

1.    Nick Foligno, LW – Binghamton (AHL) – 1st Round ’06 – Has played a number of games in the NHL.

2.    Brian Lee, D – Binghamton (AHL) – 1st Round ’05 – Working through the transition from NCAA to pro.

3.    Cody Bass, C – Binghamton (AHL) – 4th Round ’05 – Solid two-way player has already made his NHL debut.

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4.    Jim O’Brien, C – Seattle (WHL) – 1st Round ’07 – Very skilled player who left NCAA for major junior.

5.    Eric Gryba, D – Boston U. (Hockey East) – 3rd Round ’06 – Big solid defender, but very limited offensive skill.

1.    David Fischer, D – Minnesota (WCHA) – 1st Round ’06 – Sophomore year at Minnesota finds him developing nicely.

2.    P.K. Subban, D – Belleville (OHL) – 2nd Round ’07 – Great feet and offensive instincts helped Canada at the WJC.

3.    Yannick Weber, D – Kitchener (OHL) – 3rd Round ’07 – Offensive leader from the blueline.

4.    Max Pacioretty, LW – Michigan (CCHA) – 1st Round ’07 – Point-a-game as a freshman is very impressive.

5.    Ryan White, C – Calgary (WHL) – 3rd Round ’06 – Plays the game hard and scores, too.

1.    Nick Petrecki, D – Boston College (Hockey East) – 1st Round ’07 – Big stud defender scored the winner in the Beanpot tournament.

2.    Logan Couture, C – Ottawa (OHL) – 1st Round ’07 – Smart and steady, but still developing.

3.    Tyson Sexsmith, G – Vancouver (WHL) – 3rd Round ’07 – Kid is a winning machine with solid fundamentals.

4.    Jamie McGinn, LW – Ottawa (OHL) – 2nd Round ’06 – Another solid kid who has a high hockey IQ.

5.    Ty Wishart, D – Moose Jaw (WHL) – 1st Round ’06 – Huge specimen, still has work to do.
1.    James Neal, LW – Iowa (AHL) – 2nd Round ’05 – Making the transition to pro and doing it well.

2.    David McIntyre, C – Colgate (ECAC) – 5th Round ’06 – Scoring on a consistent basis.

3.    Ivan Vishnevskiy, D – Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) – 1st Round ’06 – High risk and high reward, but can QB a power play.

4.    Ondrej Roman, C – Spokane (WHL) – 5th Round ’07 – Made the transition to North American game very well.

5.    Max Warn, LW – Helsinki (FIN) – 5th Round ’06 – Late-rounder is a solid power forward that had a good WJC.
1.    James Sheppard, C – Minnesota (NHL) – 1st Round ’06 – Tremendous upside as a power forward who can score.

2.    Colton Gillies, C – Saskatoon (WHL) – 1st Round ’07 – Another power forward who played a key role at WJC.

3.    Cal Clutterbuck, RW – Houston (AHL) – 3rd Round ’06 – Pesky shift disturber who outworks everybody.

4.    Benoit Pouliot, LW – Houston (AHL) – 1st Round ’05 – Huge potential, but the clock is ticking and a new team may help.

5.    Kyle Medvec, D – Vermont (Hockey East) – 4th Round ’06 – Mammoth defender who is developing well.

Mark Seidel is the chief scout for North American Central Scouting, the commissioner of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and appears as a host on Leafs Lunch on AM 640 radio in Toronto.

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