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ESPN.com ranks Jonathan Drouin and Andrei Vasilevskiy No. 1 prospects in NHL

Tuesday, 08.12.2014 / 10:13 AM / News
By Andrew DeWitt  - TampaBayLightning.com
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ESPN.com ranks Jonathan Drouin and Andrei Vasilevskiy No. 1 prospects in NHL
ESPN.com has ranked Lightning prospects Jonathan Drouin and Andrei Vasilevskiy the No. 1 overall prospects at their respective positions.

ESPN.com has ranked Lightning prospects Jonathan Drouin and Andrei Vasilevskiy the No. 1 overall prospects at their respective positions.

For the second consecutive year, Drouin was named the top skater by ESPN.com's Corey Pronman in his list of Top 100 prospects released on Tuesday morning.

Here's what Pronman had to say about Drouin:

"After the Lightning elected to not keep him on the NHL roster for 2013-14, Drouin had another elite season in the QMJHL, torching the league in terms of point production. He led the QMJHL playoffs in points (41 in 16 games) despite Halifax not advancing to the final round. His skill level and hockey sense are both off the charts, he's a very elusive skater and he has the ability to create a scoring chance at will. When you combine all of his offensive elements (all of which are high-end), Drouin is the clear best forward prospect outside the NHL. He converted to center this season, showing pretty effective play in the defensive zone, which was previously a weakness. With a good summer from a physical development standpoint, he should be a player to watch for next year's Calder Trophy."

The Lightning had five skaters ranked in the top 100 including No. 65 Vladislav Namestnikov, No. 70 Adam Erne, No. 80 Slater Koekkoek and No. 87 Brayden Point.

Vasilevski played in 28 games last year with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the KHL and posted a 2.21 GAA with a .923 save percentage.

He signed an entry-level contract with the Lightning this off-season and is expected to start the season with the Lightning's AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

Here's what Pronman had to say about Vasilevskiy:

“I'm not exaggerating when I say this: Vasilevski is one of the best goalie prospects of the past 20 years. He's a special player who has excelled if not dominated at just about every level and major event he's participated in during the past five years, including the KHL playoffs. Vasilevski has good size -- 6-foot-3, 201 pounds -- elite athleticism, and a high hockey IQ and technical refinement you don't typically see in a goalie of his age (20).”