Flames Top 20 Prospects: A long time Fans Opinion
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01-03-2013, 03:23 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
There is a big difference in our drafting. They have been drafting players based on skill and hockey IQ (not 3rd and 4th line players) which is what makes for successful players in today's NHL. Nothing with prospects is a certainty, and it never has been. Yakupov could be a total bust, but the probability that will happen is low due to his attributes. Sven and Gaudreau are about as much as you can ask for out of prospects. They do need to be developed properly, but since Weisbrod has joined our organization from learning how the Bruins do it, I am far more optimistic about our current group of prospects.
The slandering of Ward is getting over blown on here. All the younger players always refer to what a great person Ward is, then how he is also a great teacher. Let's face it, none of the prospects we have had in the past have been skilled enough to make that jump and become those impacts players. Boyd, Kobasew and Lombo were the only ones I was ever really hopeful for, and none of them had the skill sets that Sven and JG have. The biggest obstacles for both of our top guys currently will be there size and durability.
Hopefully Jankowski is in this conversation come next year.
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