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FINAL RANGERS PROSPECT POLL RESULTS (Summer 2011)
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08-11-2011, 04:49 AM
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7. Carl Hagelin (LW) - This guy is probably one of the best mentally prepared prospects in the world in terms of being ready to play in the NHL. He's REALLY smart, and plays the game the right way. He'll probably need a little time to acclimate to the physicality of the league, but I would SHOCKED if he doesn't have a long and fruitful career as one of the league's best penalty killers and most valuable third-line defensive minded forward. I really think he's going to be our 3rd line LW for many, many years to come.
Great stuff Sting!
I am going to comment on some of the later players that you have ranked, I've not seen all of them so I won't try to rank them myself.
On Hagelin, he is a very good hockeyplayer. In terms of NHL potential, what fears me the most is that he already is 23 y/o, and you wonder how much more he can develop. Being somewhat undersized, I am also afraid that he will be hard to fit into a NHL team. Like not a optimal bottom two line player and not a optimal top two line player.
There is a risk for sure that this kid never will get a real chance, and disapear to Europe and have a strong career there.
11. Oscar Lindberg (F) - Not a big fan of the Werek/Lindberg trade, as I feel that Werek had a higher ceiling, but I don't dislike Lindberg. He's a smart defensive forward, and I think it's very likely he is the 4th line center in 2-3 years. Best case scenario, he's strong enough to play with Hagelin to form a dastardly defensive duo on our third line that allows us to consider moving Anisimov or Stepan. A pretty "safe" prospect.
Lindberg is only 19 y/o and is in a diffrent cathegory then Hagelin for sure. He has a good attitude and is very mature for his age. Clutch defensively and great on FO's. He played as a checking line center for his SEL team last season and annoyed alot of players on the teams he lined up against. He is decently skilled. At some extent you know exactly what you got in him, but at the same time, its too early to really tell what his NHL chances are. He is the type who needs to do the right things and develop for a couple of years. But he is a decent prospect who could become a solid 3rd/4th line center. Smart. Poised. The extremely stubborn type.
12. Tomas Kundratek (D) - He's kind of like a poor man's Erixon, but more physical. He's got an all-around game, instincts at both ends, and he's a relatively safe prospect. Not very flashy style of play, but effective. I think he's an NHLer, but I don't know if it'll happen with this club.
Decent prospect, we have had quite a few of them in HFD the last handful of years. Kundratek doesn't stick out like Sauer, Girardi and co., but still has alot of gods. You just wonder if he ever will get a shot with the depth we have...
15. Andrew Yogan (C) - Love/hate on Yogan. He's got a lot of skill, and shows flashes of being a playmaker at times, but then sometimes he makes boneheaded plays or fools around with the puck a lot.
This kid really needs a break. Missing almost a full year at the time he did is such a disaster.
You gotta love that he could finnish on a high note with that two goal game and then another point in his second game in HFD.
I've not seen much of him, but he looks like a decent player for someone his size. Needs to find his niche though.
18. Ryan Bourque (F) - Reminiscent of McColgan, but IMO not as good, just as small, and probably more injury prone. Unlike McColgan, I'm not sure he was worth the risk.
I've not seen McColgan, but Ryan Bourquei someone what of a favorite player of mine.
If he wasn't a midget, and just like a little undersized, hed be a lock to play in the NHL. He has so much hockey in him, and so much ability that is useful in
. 1st line/4th line.
I still don't wanna give up on this kid, I like him alot more than say a player like Dwight Helminen who eventually got some games in the NHL. But its going to be tough for him and its hard to predict what role he eventually could end up in. He is not a elite scorer.
19. Michael St. Croix (F) - Really needs to improve his ability to take wear and tear, take punishment. If he does, he can actually be a solid offensive contributor. He's got skills.
This is the kid of this years draft picks I will watch with the greatest interest this upcoming season.
I've seen some of him, and he truely is a wizard with the puck. He makes all plays at a tremendously high speed.
I love his sniper/playmaking ratio, both sides of the game comes natrual to him. Its always soo much easier for a small kid to make it to the NHL if you can succed both in the dirty areas as well as on the perimeter. We saw with Dawes how tough it is to only be able to score from the crease in teh NHL when you are that small.
20. Andreas Thuresson (RW) - I liked this pick up. I think he could actually end up being an NHL player, though not much of one. The Swedish fundamental base could be enough to get him time as a 4th line guy, or an extra forward.
Thuresson is pretty strong and brings alot of energy to the ice. Plays with alot of speed under his skates. He isn't that talented offensively. He is also on the verge for sure, and I doubt he will become a main stay in the NHL. I've not seen all that much of him lately.
Still, a good energy guy.
21. Dale Weise (RW) - I don't care much for this guy. I just think he's a run of the mill grinder who can put up some numbers in the AHL but will fail to approach that in the NHL. Don't think he has a future with this club.
I am not all that high on him either, but I wouldn't let him fall of the radar.
He is a strong player, but in his NHL stints he had not been able to keep that speed under his skates in all situation. Like he needs to be able to skate better in smaller areas. To be able to come in faster on the forecheck etc. As it is now, he is good at collecting a puck in his own end, and set off along the boards. He can challenge a D in those situation. But he isn't the type waterbug skater who eats up D's on the forecheck.
he could add that element to his game, he could really become a pain to play against at the NHL level. A 4th line type of course, but still a good one.
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