Wild future vs. Oilers future
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12-04-2012, 01:28 AM
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The Wild's future has way more uncertainty. Granlund, Brodin, Coyle, Dumba, Larsson, etc.. are just prospects right now.
Though if the NHL was going on three of them would be in the NHL. Right now the consensus is that Coyle is definitely ready and his game is more suited to the NHL. Brodin and Granlund both have shown to have adapted easily to the AHL game,
Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle have already established themselves as top caliber players.
That's a stretch to say at least. Eberle sure. But RNH needs more than one season in the NHL to be a top caliber player and Hall needs to stay healthy. Not to mention Hall hasn't hit 60 points yet (though he hit 27 goals). I wouldn't say a top caliber player for Hall, but he is an up and coming player.
For the sake of comparison in the future;
Klefbom < Brodin
Until Klefbom stays healthy and can show his game adapts, Brodin is ahead of him at this point. Brodin has played more games in the Eliteseries in the SEL and didn't miss the WC.
Nugent-Hopkins < Koivu
Tell me when RNH becomes an elite two-way center in the NHL that has good defensive skills.
Eberle < Parise
Until Eberle shows he can replicate his season in the NHL (AHL doesn't count), Parise will be ahead of him.
I just think the Oilers core is far more of a sure thing, and I don't exactly agree with the depth statements being thrown around.
Oilers depth is still up in the air;
As for depth
Goaltenders for Minnesota:
Goaltenders for Edmonton:
Goaltenders: Minnesota easily
Minnesota Right Wing:
Edmonton Right Wing:
Right Wing: Edmonton due to Yakupov
Minnesota Left Wing:
Edmonton Left Wing:
Left Wing: Minnesota (I like Hartikainen but Zucker, Haula, Bussieres, and even Lucia make it easy)
Chris Vande Velde
Defense: Tie (Brodin and Schultz both grade out as top defensemen. Klefbom and Dumba could be top 4 defensemen. Cuma still shows promise and Marincin is still a project. Musil is unknown as is Kampfer (who has shown some promise). The rest are simply depth)
NHL Players Under 25:
Under 25: Edmonton has better guys on forward, Minnesota better at defense.
Minnesota has better goaltending, left wing and center prospects
Edmonton has better right wing prospects and already NHL established players
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