Realistic Career Projections for Habs Prospects
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07-11-2012, 03:52 PM
Join Date: Jul 2004
I'll try this just for pure fun. Based on the first 15 prospects voted here in another thread.
Then I'll keep this post to see how wrong I am in a couple of years...
1. Alex Galchenyuk, C --
Average first line center, but first line center nonetheless. Won't have impressive numbers, but will be a coach's player. Will be better in playoffs than in regular season.
2. Nathan Beaulieu, D --
Good #2 to #4 d-man. Will never be the most efficient in his own territory, neither in the o-zone, but will be a nice complementary piece to the premiere d-man point producer for the team he will play for. Eternal second PP unit.
3. Jarred Tinordi, D --
Valuable stay-at-home d-man. Long career from #4 to #7 d-man. Will need to be paired with the perfect fit to be as good as he can.
4. Louis Leblanc, C/RW --
Coach's player, good third liner with occasional top lines duty. Will have a couple of seasons during which people will think he finally breakout (points), but it will never go higher than during these seasons.
5. Sebastien Collberg, RW --
Speedy winger, will have problems to translate his offensive potential in the NHL. After a few seasons alternating between second line and third or fourth, will go back in Europe. Think Anti Nieminen.
6. Brendan Gallagher, RW --
Constant yet average point producer on any line he will play. Long career as a complimentary point producer in the Cliff Ronning mold. Will end up having play for many teams.
7. Morgan Ellis, D --
Another coach's player, in the Josh Gorges mold. An interesting #5-6 d-man to have around.
8. Danny Kristo, RW --
Good third liner, what Chris Higgins could have been. Occasional top lines duty. Will end up playing for many team as an interesting complementary part.
9. Dalton Thrower, D --
Will have some chances because of his character and shot, but will never be more than a #5-#7 d-man. Short career. Lots of injuries.
10. Michael Bournival, C --
Star in the AHL, with some valuable moments on a third or fourth line in the NHL. Could become the ideal 13th forward.
11. Mac Bennett, D --
Will be a late bloomer, reaching the NHL when people will have forgot about him, and will surprise with his smooth skating. But beside 1 or 2 seasons during which a struggling team will take a chance on him as a regular point man, he will never be more than a #5-#7 d-man, helpful when one of the PP point man is injured. Think about Lee Norwood a few years ago.
12. Tim Bozon, LW --
Career AHLer with some cups of coffee in the NHL. Not good enough to be a sniper or a real power forward, and not strong or gritty enough to be a real third or fourth liner. Will end up playing in Europe.
13. Patrick Holland, C --
Will surprise a lot of people by becoming a good second line center, but without a true "personality" or edge, so he will end up playing for a lot of struggling teams. Could become a poor man Andrew Cassels.
14. Aaron Palushaj, RW --
What you see now is what it will always be. Somewhere between the AHL and NHL. Will try in the KHL in 1 or 2 years.
15. Darren Dietz, D --
Serviceable spare part in the NHL. Will have a few good season as a #4-#6 d-man, but nothing to write home about.
Now, we'll see... lol
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