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11-28-2012, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Fourier View Post

If you were to pair them up I'd say that

Klefbom > Petry
Marincin > Chorney
Gernat > Wild

Assuming that the shoulder surgery goes well, Klefbom looks like a true blue chip prospect. While most of us liked Petry a lot, I am not sure you would have said the same about him when he was 19.

If Chorney was ever going to make the NHL it would have been as a smallish pmd. He is a very good skater, and he had a very good sophmore year at UND. But at this point Marincin seems to be well ahead of him in pretty much every aspect of the game if you compare their AHL rookie seasons. Chorney was also older when he entered the AHL.

Marincin has been a bit of a pleasant surprise for me. People say that his succes has been due to Schultz, but there have been a few nights where he has actually been the best of the pair.

Gernat is a wild card. He is still raw defensively, but has significant upside offensively. And he is 6'5" which carries certain advantages on its own. Like Gernat, the question mark on Wild was his ability in his own end. I think the advantage goes to Gernat here if for no other reason than I think he will be in a better developmental situation going forward.
I think you are looking with a little too much hindsight in respect to Chorney. If you go back a few years Chorney was a blue chip defenseman prospect. A top NCAA scorer for defenseman and Team USA captain, most people compared him to Brian Rafalski and expected him to be a number 2 defenseman with the only detraction for him being a number 1 was his size. Obviously that isn't the case but i think he was hyped a little more than Marancin has been hyped so far.

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