Lehtonen tops Future Watch 2004 list

For the second year in a row, Chicago Wolves goaltender Kari Lehtonen leads The Hockey News‘ Future Watch ranking of the top 50 prospects in hockey.

All told, 24 of the 50 players on the list have skated in the American Hockey League this season.

Lehtonen, the second overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by Atlanta, heads the list compiled by The Hockey News with input from NHL executives.

Ten of the AHL players on the list were selected to participate in last week’s 2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic (five missed the event due to injury or NHL recall).

The Hockey News Future Watch 2004 appears in the February 17 issue of the magazine.

#NameAHL Team
1Kari Lehtonen, GChicago
3Ryan Miller, GRochester
8Milan Michalek, FCleveland
11Hannu Toivonen, GProvidence
12Scottie Upshall, FMilwaukee
14Ryan Kesler, FManitoba
16Ray Emery, GBinghamton
18Carlo Colaiacovo, DSt. John’s
19Fedor Tyutin, DHartford
20Mike Komisarek, DHamilton
22Niklas Kronwall, DGrand Rapids
23Jiri Hudler, FGrand Rapids
28Chris Higgins, FHamilton
29Denis Grebeshkov, DManchester
30Anton Babchuk, DNorfolk
31Jeff Woywitka, DToronto
35Maxime Ouellet, GPortland
36Lukas Krajicek, DSan Antonio
39Alexander Perezhogin, FHamilton
40Vaclav Nedorost, FSan Antonio
41Jani Rita, FToronto
43Jason Bacashihua, GUtah
44Mike Cammalleri, FManchester
49Shaone Morrisonn, DProvidence