Ok not really the thread for this but:
1. Little Tuzzi just cleared out his locker in Juniors. he is hurt-again and will not play anymore this year. hard to call a guy that can't play more than 30 games a prospect.
2. Ferraro will walk this off season.
3. Pulk was included in my 4 left in the minors.
4. Jarmark (spelling) isn't here yet and not sure when he will be.
5. Tvardon (spelling) is playing his way out of the system fast.
So once again, after this season we have 4 legit F prospects in the minors: mantha, AA, Pulk, and nastisauk. That is it. Teams typically carry 14 forwards and 7 Dman. We need twice as many F prospects as D prospects. We have 4. We all know without any doubt that every prospect doesn't make it. If half of our prospects make it we are doing GREAT! The hard part is of course figuring out which ones are which....
You don't necessarily need twice as many forward prospects. More, just not twice as many. Forwards are generally easier and cheaper to obtain as UFAs or in trade.
Also, prospects don't cease to exist because you decide you don't like them, nor is GR the only place we can have a prospect.
But even just in GR we should have the 4 you list, plus Jarnkrok (already has more points than Jurco had last year, in 20 fewer games). Jurco and Glendening could both be there. Frk probably deserves as much consideration as Jensen, and probably more than DeHaas (still has 2 or 3 years of college before we really begin to evaluate him, certainly seems unlikely he'll be in GR anytime soon).
Janmark deserves as much as Backman, both are doing fairly well overseas, and neither is certain to be in GR next year.
And we do have several young forwards on the roster already. While we have some young defensemen as well, I think the forward group has proven more capable thus far.
I'd agree that a top-6 center prospect is our biggest need, just not by such a degree that we absolutely have to take one in the first round, or focus on that area (or forwards in general) alone. We have good depth at both forward and defense. Like last year, it all depends on who's available. If a good defenseman drops to us but the top centers are gone, it could be worth it.
It may be a moot point though. Seems this draft is pretty weak at defense, there may not be any good ones available for us anyway.