Wayward Ditch Pig
I've started changing my views on prospects rankings the last few years. I like Columbus's prospect pool much more than my Habs, for example.
The vast majority of prospects don't pan out, but of the ones they have, do they have impact prospects? They have at least three in Fantilli, Jiricek & Johnson. You can build around those three as your #1 & #2 centers, and maybe a first pairing d-man.
That's the only thing I really care about in the rankings. To me, it's Reinbacher / Slafkovsky / Hutson compared to Fantilli / Jiricek / Johnson. I'll take Columbus's 3 players over ours without hesitation.
The rest are a bunch of TBD prospects that every other organization has. Some will inevitably make it, most won't.
I generally agree that there's more value in weighting the top of your prospect list when it comes to comparisons. The 5-15 guys very rarely make a big difference in a team's trajectory.
With that said, Fantilli-Jiricek-Johnson is fine, just fine for a bad team to have at the top of their system. But yes, I take those 3 over the Habs top 3 easily. I'm not exactly high on the drafting that has been going on over in Montreal the last few years.