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12-04-2012, 02:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Joey Moss View Post
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:
Tyler Bunz
Olivier Roy
Samu Perhonen
Frans Tuohimaa

Goaltenders: Minnesota easily

Minnesota Right Wing:
Brett Bulmer
Jystin Fontain
Carson McMillian

Edmonton Right Wing:
Nail Yakupov
Tobias Rieder
Kristians Pelss
Antti Tyrvaninen
Toni Rajala
John McCarron
Mark Arcobello
Cameron Abney

Right Wing: Edmonton due to Yakupov

Minnesota Left Wing:
Mario Lucia
Erik Haula
Jason Zucker
Kristopher Foucault
Raphael Bussieres
Louis Nanne

Edmonton Left Wing:
Daniil Zharkov
Teemu Hartikainen
Jujhar Khaira
Curtis Hamilton
Mitchell Moroz
Kellen Jones
Phillippe Cornet

Left Wing: Minnesota (I like Hartikainen but Zucker, Haula, Bussieres, and even Lucia make it easy)

Minnesota Centers:
Mikael Granlund
Charlie Coyle
Zack Phillips
Johan Larsson
Jarold Palmer
Cody Almond
Joel Broda
Adam Gilmour
Christoph Bertschy
Tyler Graovac
David McIntyre
Anthony Hamburg

Edmonton Centers:
Tyler Pitlick
Ryan Martindale
Anton Lander
Chris Vande Velde
Travis Ewanyk
Tanner House

Centers: Minnesota

Minnesota Defense:
Jonas Brodin
Mathew Dumba
Tyler Cuma
Chay Genoway
John Draeger
Steven Kampfer
Nick Seeler
Kyle Medvec
Daniel Gunnarsson
Bjorn Krupp
Colton Bojke
Josh Caron

Edmonton Defense:
Justin Schultz
Oscar Klefbom
Martin Marincin
David Musil
Martin Gernat
Dillon Simpson
Alex Plante
Kyle Bigos
Brandon Davidson
Colten Teubert
Joey Laleggia
Taylor Fedun
Erick Gustafsson

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:

Minnesota Wild:
Cal Clutterbuck
Justin Falk
Marco Scandella
Devin Setoguchi
Jared Spurgeon
Clayton Stoner

Edmonton Oilers:
Jordan Eberle
Sam Gagner
Taylor Hall
Magnus Paajarvi
Theo Peckham
Jeff Petry

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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