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11-19-2012, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by scott99 View Post
I don't think Kabanov will ever be that elite prospect he was projected to be before he came over to North America. He's got some good moves, great hands (stickhandling wise), but I don't see that explosiveness of a typical Russian elite prospect. He doesn't particularly have a good shot (like a Zlobin), and he doesn't seem to have the will or determination to be great. He seems happy to be just one of the guys. I'd bet his ceiling is 20 goals and maybe 50 points would be his high in the NHL. Not terrible, but he's more Zubrus than he is Ovechkin.
I won't try to guess, what type of scorer Kabanov will be at the nhl level.

I do like the speed and board work he's shown at Bridgeport.

He raised his level of play once the postseason started in 2011-2012. It makes me wonder if he'll be one of those players, who gives an extra effort in the playoffs.

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