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02-09-2013, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Henkine View Post
Come on Eenok. Vatanen is a borderline NHL prospect right now. I personally think that Anaheim should trade Vatanen as he could easily fetch a third round pick in a trade for his AHL play. His stock will drop fast from now on as he gets more chances in the NHL. A couple of years from now he will most probably be playing in Europe.
This is about as ridiculous as those thinking he's ready now. Kid has got great talent, needs more muscle, which means time inevitably, and he'll be ready.

Originally Posted by Henkine View Post
Many defensemen have established themselves even younger. Fowler and Karlsson for example. How many examples are there of defensemen making the NHL over 23 years old and becoming top four D. I know there are many of those who make their way to the bottom pairing at older age, Vatanen just doesn't fit well to defensive bottom pairings. It's either top four or off to Europe for Vatanen.

Rafalski actually had somewhat similar career in FEL.

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