Should the Rangers target Filatov?
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12-29-2009, 03:14 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
have any of you actually watched Filatov's NHL contributions on a nightly basis...dont pick up stat sheets from the books
he is a 3rd liner in terms of effort and size and a 1st liner in terms of skill
basically a rich mans P.Prucha
he has superb puck control and the odd burst of speed past slower dmen
but w/ athletic defenders he gets absolutely creamed
right now for someone like Sanguinetti the going rate should start w/ Filatov + a 2nd rounder as Sanguinetti is almost NHL ready in a Tortorella system and more than NHL ready in a Hitchcock system as the 6th Dman.
Filatov is a nice option for the next yr or so but once he needs to be resigned he will be a cap headache.
I like his game for INt'l leagues/ olympics etc...but he's not yet ready for serious NHL duty no matter how good his skill set might look in short bursts of 15-20 games.
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