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01-17-2013, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Hale The Villain View Post
We do have some nice forward prospects, but our future forward group is weaker than our defense. Only sure bets are Silfverberg, Noesen, Zibanejad and Stone. Only can't miss top 6 forward out of that group (Turris isn't a prospect anymore) is Jakob. Zibanejad is a safe bet to be an NHL forward but has major question marks, I am very high on Stone, but he needs to improve his skating going forward, and Noesen is safe as well, but I see him more as a great 3rd liner than a top 6 scoring threat.

Guys like Puempel, Pageau, Petersson, Da Costa are longshots because of their style of play. For small, skilled guys like them it's often top 6 or nothing.

This is focusing mostly on the negatives; I think we're going to have a good group of forwards in the future, but I think if this team has any needs going forward its another top line scoring threat. Hopefully we take a long look at guys like Erne, Nichushkin and Shinkaruk, who should be available in our range.

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