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01-31-2013, 05:15 PM
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Haven't seen enough Nichushkin to give a proper judgment. What I have seen I've liked, would have to get in more viewings to round it out though. I also have some questions about his game that I'd be looking for answers.
Mantha's interesting, I've heard some compare him to James Neal and I think that's a fair comparison for ceiling. I just think Neal is a bit more consistent in the drive area than Mantha and that's the main area of negativity that I don't like about Mantha.
Floor...I don't know. I guess everyone's floor is never making it to the big league.
Thanks for the insight. I like Neal for what he is but I'd probably go in another direction if that's the case. Also in terms of his floor I asked more so because you said he would probably be a a pretty good player even if he doesn't reach his max potential.
Nicushkin I'd like to se play some more as well. I think he could be incredible if his head catches up to his physical skills. Speed, power, hands but really questionable hockey sense. I guess a lot like Kane but he seems to be coming around this season.
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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.
Russian factor is always a risk for sure. We have quite a few guys from that region on our team though so perhaps that helps a bit.
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