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03-20-2009, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by alternate View Post
but how much of that has to do with the relatively recent graduation of: Kesler, Burrows, Edler, Bieksa, Hansen, Raymond.......Rypien, Brown.......Bourdon.

All have graduated to the pros (or would have) since the lock-out. And we still have one blue chip prospect (as far as goalies can be a blue chipper anyways) and a legit top 6 prospect as you've mentioned both of which should (could) make the jump next season.
Burrows/Rypien were AHL signings that made the jump (and so weren't really prospects in the same sense).

Teams with quality farm systems like Detroit consistenly have 5 or 6 good prospects on the farm. Like right now Detroit has Leino, Helm, Kindl, Ericsson, Larsson and Howard as quality players who have spent most of the season on the farm and a couple guys at the Bolduc level as well despite graduating Hudler, Filppula, Franzen, Kronwall, Quincey, Lebda, Kopecky, and Meech since the lockout.

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