Thread: Prospect Info: Grand Rapids Griffins 2012-13
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10-20-2012, 01:40 AM
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One thing to keep in mind about the AHL kids this year is that the Griffins are basically the same type of team as always - a bunch of kids that need a year or more of playing to get NHL-ready. By contrast, almost all the other AHL teams are stacked with players who are already in the NHL, to go along with rookies who are on par with a Brendan Smith or better like a Justin Schulz. Heck, at least one team has an NHL All-Star on the roster. I mean look how ridiculous the OKC roster is - Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schulz, RNH. You've got a stacked Albany team. A stacked Binghamton team. Toronto, Adirondack, and Portland are all looking pretty strong. Just a few names who would undoubtedly be in the NHL right now sans lockout, or are pretty elite prospects.....

Sven Baertschi (Abbotsford)
Brayden Schenn (Adirondack)
Sean Couturier (Adirondack)
Adam Henrique (Albany)
Adam Larsson (Albany)
Jakob Silfvberberg (Binghamton)
Mika Zibanejad (Binghamton)
Jared Cowen (Binghamton)
Robin Lehner (Binghamton)
Nino Niederreiter (Bridgeport)
Dan Ellis (Charlotte)
Zack Kassian (Chicago)
Braden Holtby (Hershey)
Mikael Granlund (Houston)
Slava Voynov (Manchester)
Taylor Hall (Oklahoma City)
Jordan Eberle (Oklahoma City)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oklahoma City)
Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson (Oklahoma City)
Justin Schultz (Oklahoma City)
David Rundblad (Portland)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Portland)
Brandon Gormley (Portland)
Nick Leddy (Rockford)
Jacob Markstrom (San Antonio)
Brett Connolly (Syracuse)
Nazem Kadri (Toronto)
Paul Ranger (Toronto)
etc etc

You get the point I'm too tired to give a really detailed list, but those just just a few of the bigger names. We're playing rookies in our top 4 defense pairs in GR against elite NHL caliber talent and in some cases even established stars. Can't expect too much from this team other than keeping themselves from getting run over every night. It'll be an excellent learning experience for the kid to play against this caliber of competition, but it's going to be a long, painful, and likely dismal season too.

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