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06-15-2010, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by State of Hockey View Post
Johansen, Skinner, or Etem are like the three worst prospects we could get at #9. Instead think of Connolly, Nino, Tarasenko, Granlund, or Johansen. Bjugstad doesn't look so good anymore.
Johansen is probably a typo. But, how is Granlund better than Skinner? I use Granlund since he has the same knock that Skinner does, size and speed. The various drafting guides I have rank these two pretty close, with Granlund having the superior hockey sense and Skinner being the pure goal scorer that has a knack for finding open ice.

If you add up all of the pros/cons of all the players you mentioned, they are all pretty close with Connolly and Tarasenko having the higher reward, based on scouting reports.

With that said, Connolly could have possible hip problems...he's lost a year of development. Tarasenko has the Russian Factor. Johansen could have grown later than his peers and may have peaked at the right time, planning with Ross and Nino. Skinner might not have the size or speed to play in the NHL. Granlund might turn out to be PMB. Etem might turn out to be Nigel Dawes. All of them have question marks but all of them have 1st line potential.

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