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02-27-2011, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by pam19 View Post
Will he get ahead of Nugent-Hopkins?

Both have three seasons in WHL (although Nugent-Hopkins played 5 games in his first season).
Gallagher has 164 games: that 31 games more than the top-3 in the next draft.

Of course, Nugent-Hopkins is taller and a bit heavier!

Am I comparing Gallagher, a fifth round with a top-3 in the next draft?
Of course not...
But still Gallagher keeps progressing every year.
He should be in WJC next season. We could have plenty of opportunity to see him.

Bournival, Gallagher, Tinordi in next WJC: Does this makes sense?
Did I miss anyone?

Leblanc and Kristo are too old and will probably be in AHL.
Dogs have been partly depleted this year: Kristo and Leblanc would help them...
Indeed, big changing of the guard between start of this year and start of next year.

Tough to really picture what the line-up next season might look like.

Wyman - Leblanc - Palushaj
Dawes - Engqvist - Avtsin
Conboy - Fortier - Kristo
Schultz - Dumont - Lefebvre

A little weak at center as Leblanc, as a rookie, would be the only really offensive one. But I guess that's to be expected after losing Desharnais and Maxwell. Maybe they sign an AHL vet. Guessing Ryan Russell may be done with the org, Boyd may choose to try his luck somewhere else, and Bonneau might have been a one-and-done, or may be re-signed for toughness and depth.

On D, will be interesting to see if Stejskal is signed, and/or maybe Pateryn. You have Henry and Nash under contract, and Carle I imagine will be back. Klubertanz, St. Denis and Festerling are RFAs, so we'll see what they want to do or how management feels.

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