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Brian Costello from The Hockey News writing this:

Just wanted to clear a few things up. Most importantly, this list isn't determined by the guys in the office here in Toronto. We actually canvass the head scout and/or GM and/or director of player personnel from each of the 30 NHL teams to get each organization's top 10 list. We then get this panel of experts to put together a top 75 list from the list of 300 prospects. Fourteen of the 30 NHL executives participated in this annual study. To me, that's about as authoritative as it gets. I do not purport, like my associates in the office, to be a scout or have any sense of how these young players will mature in the next 5-10 years. That's why we go to the experts -- the NHL scouts paid to monitor their progress. In other words, The Hockey News is the middleman in the relaying of this information.

Also, the team report cards are based on each team's top 10 prospects and 21-and-under NHLers. That's why Edmonton (with the likes of Hall, Eberle, RNH, etc.) finished first and Minnesota (with six top 75 prospects, but just one 21-and-under NHLer) finished 7th. Ottawa, with its strong prospect list and Karlsson and Cowen 21-and-under-NHLers, finished 5th. The grades were also determined by our panel of 14 NHL executives.

Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to clarify our Future Watch rankings and grades.

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