Tampa Bay Prospect Pool - Underrated?
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12-09-2012, 05:37 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Originally Posted by
They lack a blue chip prospect.
For the most part, I agree with this. (Although I consider Vasilevskiy "blue chip")
The Lightning don't have a Huberdeau/Granlund/Zibanejad/Yakupov to grab people's attention. Even their top 10 pick from the most recent draft was an "off the board" pick.
As others have said, the Lightning have a lot of boom/bust prospects, and the reason why they suddenly have a top 10 prospect pool is because a lot of those prospects are looking more and more like "booms" than "busts". What the Lightning lack in big names and top end talent, they make up for with a large amount of NHL ready players.
The following are all "boom/bust" prospects who are ready to challenge for a spot on the Lightning roster as soon as the lockout is over:
Cory Conacher (F), Tyler Johnson (F), Richard Panik (F), Mark Barberio (D), Alex Killorn (F), J.T. Brown (F), Radko Gudas (D).
Add to the fact that Nikita Kucherov is now playing in North America. One of the biggest reasons why he wasn't taken in the 1st round was concerns about him coming over as well as whether or not his game would translate to the NA style. He currently has 9g/13a in 13 games in the QMJHL.
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