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11-16-2011, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by EndBoards View Post
HF Prospect rankings for the Stars have never changed since 98/99/00/01 when we were labeled as a 'trade picks/prospects for veterans' team..

What's funny to me is that we've graduated Fistric, Grossman, Daley, Benn, Eriksson, Neal, Wandell, Niskanen, Crombeen, with Vincour & Larson being pretty close themselves..

I guess that our prospect pool sucks because all of our poorly ranked sucky prospects keep turning into NHL regulars, and in some cases, top-end talent...
Fistric - decent bottom pairing guy not a developmental story a franchise should hang it's hat on. Most teams have a guy like this come through in a 5 year period.

Grossman - good but at times lacks physical play and adds nothing offensively. 2nd pairing guy a win for the org. development folks though.

Daley - skates like the wind and has good hands and shot but doesn't always hit the net or use his ability to draw out the best of his talent. 2nd pairing guy from 2001. Success but never lived up to his true 1st pairing offensive d-man potential.

Benn - franchise player who's talent is the best of any player except Eriksson since the team moved to Dallas. The Stars saw something but Benn deserves far more credit than dev. folk considering he jumped from the WHL to the NHL. Still draft scouts take a bow.

Eriksson - if not for Benn he'd be the man. A heck of a development story. Les Jackson earned his rep from this and the Neal pick. 1st line winger most clubs would love to have.

Neal - streaky goal scorer but in the right system/environment is a 1st line player. See Les Jackson and the development people here for a success story.

Wandell - fringe 4th liner who's skating keeps him in the league but his size, poor defensive play at times, and terrible hands relegate him to a healthy scratch more often than he should be. For a 5th rounder he's a win but not something development guys should crow about.

Niskanen - haven't seen him in Pittsburgh but poor physical play, inability to man the powerplay effectively, turnovers, and just general ineptness mean he's a 6th/7th guy. He's our Kris Russell a d-man who should be far better than he is.

Crombeen - I haven't watched enough of him in St. Louis to say anything other than 3rd/4th liner. Decent but not special.

Vincour & Larsen - are unknowns because they haven't earned full time NHL jobs. We'll call them incomplete.

Benn, Eriksson and Neal are homeruns. Kudos to all those involved but considering you named 11 players over a 10 year run that's hardly the most impressive development story in the NHL.

That said your point that the Stars are not bottom 5 in the league is correct but they're also not Philly, Boston, Buffalo, or Detroit good either.

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