Prospects on the slide in 2013

Mathew Dumba among young players who took a step back this season

Updated: May 31, 2013, 11:15 AM ET
By Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus

Last week, we discussed some prospects who had a great season and really elevated their prospect stocks in 2012-13. This week, we're looking at the flip side, profiling some top prospects who either encountered some bumps or performed below expectations.

These notes are based on my observations and discussions with industry sources.

D Cody Ceci, Ottawa Senators (Owen Sound-OHL): Ceci was actually named an OHL second-team All-Star and ranked second among OHL defensemen in scoring. Even with that in mind, scouts I talked to came away with mixed feelings about Ceci's play this season. While his offensive ability is not at all in question, his play at the other end of the rink left some concerns. "His defense looked very average, if not bad," one scout said.


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Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.