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[#6] Voting -- HFStars 2012 Top-20 Prospects -- [#7] Discussion
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07-24-2012, 11:20 AM
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I don't really consider Eakin a prospect, otherwise he would go here.
While I agree he's a virtual lock for the NHL roster, I understand why piqued didn't consider him "graduated" like Vincour and Larsen.
Larsen and Vincour have played twice as many NHL games as Eakin. In addition, Larsen had worked his way into Top 4 minutes by the end of the year, and Vincour was playing mostly 3rd line minutes the last month of the season. Eakin was still essentially a 4th liner in Washington, a role I highly doubt he would have played in Dallas (they would have opted for AHL time IMO). Those two are better established NHLers at this point.
At least IMO, Eakin is as unproven at the NHL level as Chiasson, Reilly Smith, and Scott Glennie. That's not a negative though.
I went with Nemeth because I feel he's going to be a consistent Top 4 physical presence. At this point, I think Eakin and Glennie are still 2nd/3rd line tweeners. It's essentially a coin flip for me on the next pick between Glennie and Eakin.
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