1. (1) Chris Kreider, LW, 8.5C
Acquired: 1st round, 19th overall, 2009
Chris Kreider recently added Most Valuable Player at the 2011 Beanpot to his many accolades over the last two years. The 19-year-old Boston College sophomore represented the United States for the second year in a row at the World Junior Championships, posting six points (four goals, two assists) in as many games in Buffalo this winter. Kreider's regular season statistics at Boston College (23 points--11 goals, 12 assists--in 31 games), were not dominating nor was he named either to the Hockey East Conference all-star teams or honorable mentions.
Last week, during the final game of the regular season, Kreider sustained a broken jaw, which required surgery and is expected to keep him out of the first round of the Hockey East playoffs. It is very possible that Kreider will sign a professional contract with the Rangers by the end of the summer. However, the fleet forward was extremely raw when he was drafted by the Rangers in the summer of 2009, and while he continues to develop, it might not yet be sufficient enough for him to see time in the NHL. If he does decide to leave college, Kreider will begin next season in the AHL.
The rest of the top 10 includes: 2. Ryan McDonagh 3. Christian Thomas 4. Evgeny Grachev 5. Mats Zuccarello 6. Dylan McIlrath 7. Carl Hagelin 8. Ryan Bourque 9. Ethan Werek 10. Chad Johnson.
...the two biggest surprises for me on this list is how high Grachev is and how low Hagelin is. Maybe it's because Grachev is already playing in the AHL, while it's hard to predict how well a player will assimilate to the NHL from the college ranks in the case of Hagelin.
...make sure you click the above link to check out the rest of the list which includes Pavel Valentenko and Tomas Kundratek among others.