Thread: Prospect Info: 2012 Prospect Thread IV
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11-20-2012, 01:47 AM
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Originally Posted by the8bandarmadillo View Post
Yes, because right now, we're going to have Scandella, Spurgeron, Brodin, Dumba up in the majors once the NHL comes back. In the minors we'll have who to develop and who to replace Scandella when he goes down with an injury? Spurgeron? Brodin? Dumba? The thing is, Thrower is a wild card like Bussieres but I rather have had a project on defense with Thrower than a project like Bussieres at forward. We got to slot in Koivu, Parise, Heatley, Clutterbuck, Mitchell, Setoguchi, Brodziak, Konopoka, and Powe with Granlund, Coyle, and Zucker. With Phillips, Larsson, Bulmer pushing as well. We have so many top 9 minutes and a lot of guys that can slot into the top 9...

Thrower would have given Minnesota a LOT of flexibility on the back end and given them two promising, very physical top 4 defensemen on the back end with Dumba and Thrower.

Right now it looks like this:

Graduated:
Scandella
Spurgeron

NHL:
Dumba
Brodin

AHL Developing:
Cuma
Kampfer

Unknown Developing:
Medvec
Lorenz
Seeler
Draeger

There is a huge gap in our defense still. I have no prospect of seeing Seeler or Draeger until 2016-2018 in the AHL. And even less so that guys like Medvec or Lorenz will develop into top 4 much less Cuma or Kampfer.
We could have used every single pick in the draft on below average sized defensemen and you'd still be demanding more.

Assuming Bagnall is re-upped to be our veteran presence in Houston, next year we'll have Bagnall, Connelly, Jobke, and Genoway in Houston. On top of that, assuming Cuma, Falk, and Kampfer are retained, we'll have three of Prosser, Falk, Cuma, and Kampfer in Houston with them.

The year after starts to get a bit more open. We have Gilbert, Stoner, Prosser, Genoway, and Connelly potentially on the way out. But, we'll have Dumba coming in along with Gunnarsson (if he's going to get a contract, he'll have to that year) and quite possibly one or both of Seeler and Draeger. This is completely ignoring Krupp, Medvec, and Lorenz. Add in any trades, signings, or 2013 draft picks ('94s will be AHL eligible that year) and you're starting to question whether you have enough space rather than if you need more bodies.

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