2014 Mid-term Habs Top 25 Under 25: Preview

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For the first time ever, Eyes on the Prize is going to do a mid-term update on the Top 25 Under 25, which means it's time to give you the whole list of prospects so you can make your own lists.

It's back, folks! The most popular series on Eyes on the Prize has returned for yet another installment, the first ever mid-term version, as we check who's performing this season.

During the summer we have a profile for each and every player in the top 25, but during the season this isn't really possible unless we want to stretch this out over a couple of months, as we're busy with game coverage and breaking news, so we'll be doing this edition in groups of five players. This will also allow us to complete the series before the Olympic break, during which we'll be providing you with a ton of coverage.

For this edition of the Top 25 Under 25, we had 10 voters from the EOTP staff; Bruce Peter, Stephan Cooper, Arik Parnass, Robert Rice, Matt Drake, Mike Obrand, Marc Dumont, Scott Matla, Ian Murray, and myself.

The list of players considered was 42 long, so let's get to it.

Top 25 Under 25 Players List
Player Age Position Current league 2013 rank
Sven Andrighetto 20 RW AHL 26
Nathan Beaulieu 21 D AHL 6
Mac Bennett 22 D NCAA 24
Michael Bournival 21 C/LW NHL 12
Tim Bozon 19 LW WHL 11
Sebastian Collberg 19 RW SHL 8
Mike Condon 23 G ECHL 41
Connor Crisp 19 C OHL 38
Jacob de la Rose 18 C/LW SHL 17
Peter Delmas 23 G ECHL 43
Josiah Didier 20 D NCAA 31
Darren Dietz 20 D AHL 18
Gabriel Dumont 23 C/RW AHL 20
Lars Eller 24 C NHL 4
Morgan Ellis 21 D AHL 16
Stefan Fournier 21 RW AHL 37
Zachary Fucale 18 G QMJHL 22
Alex Galchenyuk 19 C/LW NHL 2
Brendan Gallagher 21 RW NHL 5
Jeremy Gregoire 18 C QMJHL 36
Patrick Holland 22 RW AHL 25
Charles Hudon 19 C/LW QMJHL 10
Louis Leblanc 22 C/RW AHL 9
Artturi Lehkonen 18 LW SML 13
Mark MacMillan 21 C/RW NCAA 30
Robert Mayer 24 G AHL 35
Michael McCarron 18 RW OHL 14
Joonas Nattinen 23 C AHL 28
Jack Nevins 20 LW QMJHL NEW
Magnus Nygren 23 D SHL 15
Erik Nystrom 20 LW KHL 34
Greg Pateryn 23 D AHL 21
Steven Quailer 24 LW AHL 32
Martin Reway 18 LW QMJHL 33
P.K. Subban 24 D NHL 1
Colin Sullivan 20 D NCAA 40
Christian Thomas 21 RW AHL 19
Dalton Thrower 20 D WHL 23
Jarred Tinordi 21 D AHL 7
Dustin Tokarski 24 G AHL 29
Maxim Trunev 23 RW KHL 39
Brady Vail 19 C OHL 27

The method by which we rank players is to ask ourselves this question: Would you trade any player straight-up for any other one? Who is more valuable going forward to the Canadiens? If choosing between Dalton Thrower and Christian Thomas, who would you rather have from a pure talent perspective?

This will be the last time we ever rank P.K. Subban and Lars Eller, so in a way it's a special goodbye to those players, who have been a part of this ever since our very first edition, which took place during the summer of the Halak trade in 2010.

Later today we'll go over the graduates and the departed from the summer's list, but for now I'd like to ask you to give us your lists. What's your Habs Top 25 Under 25?

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