Winnipeg Jets 2013 Draft Talk
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01-31-2013, 04:13 PM
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What current players would best describe Mantha's ceiling and floor? Also what are your feelings about Nicushkin?
I remember hearing a comparison made between Mantha and James Neal. Now if it's the Neal you see in Pittsburgh, it's an obvious WIN, but when Neal played in Dallas, his inconsistency was infuriating.
I like Mantha, but the consistent lack of drive can be worrisome. Again, that can be overlooked somewhat if he's on a talent laden team where he is not the marquee player.
As for Nichushkin, I was not overly impressed with him at the WJC although he did score a huge OT goal. For me, I wouldn't risk it. The Russian factor is too much for me when there are near equal talents available that don't pose the same risk. Even Russians that are playing in the CHL, I'd be wary of, although I think I'd take a chance on Zykov or Zadorov before Nichushkin.
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