2013 Winnipeg Jets Top 25 Under 25 Finale and Fan Vote

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We look at the top 25 players under the age of 25 in the Winnipeg Jets organization, as voted by the authors of Arctic Ice Hockey, and compare it to those voted by you!

This was the first time Arctic Ice Hockey has gone through this series as a whole, as the year prior we only did a top 10. Because it was the first time, we really went to great depths to show the players history to set the foundation for future years' series where we concentrate on how players are developing and such.

It was a lot of fun researching the Winnipeg Jets prospects and hopefully everyone feels like they know a lot more about our future Jet hopefuls.

Final AIH Author Vote Tabulation and Trends

Name Garret Tim Ben Ryan Trev Derek Graham Daniel TJ avg
Evander Kane 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.00
Zach Bogosian 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2.00
Alexander Burmistrov 5 3 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 3.56
Jacob Trouba 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 3.78
Mark Scheifele 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 5 4.67
Josh Morrissey 6 6 7 8 8 8 6 6 7 6.89
Adam Lowry 9 9 6 6 6 6 9 9 8 7.56
Paul Postma 8 8 9 7 9 10 8 7 6 8.00
Nicolas Petan 7 7 8 9 10 9 7 8 11 8.44
Eric O`Dell 10 10 10 10 7 7 10 11 10 9.44
Eric Tangradi 12 11 12 19 12 12 12 13 13 12.89
Connor Helleybuyck 11 18 16 15 15 11 13 12 12 13.67
Jimmy Lodge 13 12 11 18 16 13 14 14 16 14.11
Scott Kosmachuk 14 16 13 11 11 18 15 19 14 14.56
Ivan Telegin 15 20 21 14 21 16 16 17 15 17.22
Julian Melchiori 18 15 18 16 19 17 19 18 18 17.56
J.C. Lipon 21 17 14 12 13 19 21 15 26 17.56
Michael Hutchinson 19 13 17 29 17 15 25 20 20 19.44
Eric Comrie 20 19 20 22 20 20 17 25 17 20.00
Juho Olkinuora 16 21 19 17 18 22 20 23 25 20.11
Ryan Olsen 17 22 22 13 22 23 18 26 19 20.22
Brenden Kichton 23 25 23 20 24 21 23 10 21 21.11
James Wright 26 14 15 21 14 14 26 30 30 21.11
Eddie Pasquale 25 27 24 23 23 25 11 28 9 21.67
Jan Kostalek 22 24 26 26 26 28 22 22 23 24.33
Andrew Copp 24 23 27 24 27 30 24 24 22 25.00
Jason Kasdorf 29 26 25 28 25 24 29 16 29 25.67
Patrice Cormier 27 28 28 25 28 26 27 21 24 26.00
Jordan Samuels-Thomas 28 30 29 30 29 29 28 27 27 28.56
Lukas Sutter 30 29 30 27 30 27 30 29 28 28.89

Player Trends

* James Wright was the least consensus pick, while the most consensus picks in the 10-25 range were both Lodge and Melchiori

* The level of consensus in each group of five decreases from the last, with the exception of the final five which were closer to consensus than 15-20 or 20-25 group

* Moving from a top 10 to top 25 this year ruins the chance to look at risers and fallers accurately, but we'll take a good look next year

Potential sleepers:

The Jets prospects have some dark horse prospects in their ranks.

Brenden Kichton is playing well in the AHL currently, picking up some serious points while playing on the first pair in his first pro-season.

Jan Kostalek has a lot of pedigree, he has already played against professionals men in Czech leagues, was highly thought of prior to the draft, and is starting to see more responsibilities for his QMJHL team.

Andrew Copp performed well in the 2nd half of his freshman NCAA season, but many feared it may have been just a hot streak; however, thus far he has been leading his team in points with 2 goals and 4 assists in 6 games.

Jordan Samuels-Thomas is largely unknown to many due to being a Atlanta Thrashers draft pick and missing the 2011-12 NCAA season. He was the lead goal scorer for Quinnipiac and polished 3 goals and 1 assist in the 4 games in the NCAA Frozen Four, where they ultimately lost in the finals to Yale.

Goaltenders can be quite volatile in an 82 game schedule of the very system driven NHL. Goalies are even more volatile in lower leagues, likely as both variance and shot quality play a larger role. This is why we could potentially see huge risers from any of the goalies, with the exception of Hellebuyck who is already very high in the list.

Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus selected Marcus Karlstrom as the Jets big sleeper prospect. Karlstrom is currently leading the Swedish U20 junior league in defensemen points. We could very well see him playing pro in the SHL for AIK either part way through this year or start of next season. He is also a strong candidate for next year's Team Sweden at the WJC.

Let's look at some of the author trends to learn something about these losers

* Benjamin and myself (Garret) were the most similar to the final results, while Daniel was the furtherst

* I was never more than 4 places off with each player (Lipon, Olkinuora, and Olsen being furthest) and picked consensus nine times (that's what I get for dropping Burmi due to KHL factor)

* Tim's largest difference was with Wright (9 spots) and lead AIH authors with 12 picks at consensus

* Ben also had Wright as his largest difference (8 spots) and had 10 picks at consensus

* Ryan's biggest difference was Hutchinson (11 spots) and had only 6 picks at the same as consensus (while muttering something about what did Chevy do)

* Trevor also had Wright (9 spots) far from the average and had 8 picks at consensus

* Derek obviously stole notes from Trevor and placed the same rating for Wright although had 6 spots at consensus

* Graham was very close to the average scoring with the exception of Pasquale being 13 picks off, and he had 10 picks at consensus

* Daniel liked going against the grain, being the only one to select Scheifele at #3, having 2 picks more than 10 places away from average (Kichton 12 and Kasdorf 11), and an AIH low of 4 picks at consensus

* TJ was similar to Graham in being pretty close but rated Pasquale much higher than most (15 spots) and he had 9 picks the same as consensus

Fan Vote:

1 Evander Kane 60%
2 Zach Bogosian 83%
3 Jacob Trouba 34%
4 Mark Scheifele 75%
5 Alexander Burmistrv 46%
6 Joshua Morrissey 55%
7 Adam Lowry 38%
8 Nicolas Petan 58%
9 Connor Hellebuyck 18%
10 Eric O`Dell 21%
11 Paul Postma 32%
12 Scott Kosmachuk 30%
13 Ivan Telegin 31%
14 JC Lipon 36%
15 Jimmy Lodge ?
16 Eric Tangradi 36%
17 Brenden Kichton 44%
18 Julian Melchiori 40%
19 Eric Comrie 56%
20 Juho Olkinuora 46%
21 Eddie Pasquale 36%
22 James Wright 27%
23 Andrew Copp 26%
24 Jan Kostalek 54%
25 Patrice Cormier 25%

Thoughts

* #3 was very neck-neck-and-neck between Trouba, Scheifele and Burmistrov, with the later two only differing by a single vote and all three within 6%

* Lodge won spot #15 but I had left the poll running too long by accident and the tides turned, so I have no recollection of what the margin was

* Hutchinson and Olsen fell out of the top 25 fan vote, to be replaced by Cormier and Copp

* Kichton and Tangradi were the largest movers of those that were in both Top 25 lists

Feel free to comment below on:

* Your dark horse / sleeper pick for biggest riser for next year

* Who impressed you the most this last season in their rise

* Your top 25 list

* Changes you would like to see for next year's series

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