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03-02-2013, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by FLYguy3911 View Post
Not the sexiest names, but some pretty good players who were unsigned CHL overagers and turned out to be pretty good NHL players. Not every guy signed turns out this way, but if you can get a guy to fill a bottom 6 or bottom pairing role in the NHL, then that's pretty good value. The key is to try and sign guys with upside who were overlooked previously for whatever reason. These are nice signings when your team lacks draft picks like the Flyers have in recent years.

Brandon Manning looks like a decent player who can fill an NHL bottom pairing role in the near future. Akeson, while he may never be a full-time NHL player, is a pretty good AHL player who might be able to fill a top 6 role if someone goes down. Kind of like a Keith Aucoin kind of guy. Who knows, maybe two years from now Konan is a guy that steps up and shows he can be an NHLer.
This is it. You have to trust your scouts and find talent where you can. I don't really know much about Alderson, but if, as the one article says, the GM has had calls from 15-20 teams about him, then it's good for us that we signed him. They will have seen him a lot playing with Cousins. He's big, fast, smart and has good character. That's a start.

In Brock's post he linked to his top10 overage FAs list, and there are a few kids playing with Oshawa who the Flyers will have seen a lot too.

Wonder if we'll see one of them signed, after having our scouts watching Laughton and Suellentrop all year?
7. Geofrrey Schemitsch - Oshawa Generals
Thanks to some injury issues and the lack of development in his offensive game, the Lightning chose not to sign Schemitsch last year. But he's managed to stay healthy this year and is having his best season since his draft year with Owen Sound. If you watch Oshawa play, it's as if Schemitsch never leaves the ice. He logs well over 30 minutes a game (especially lately with all the injuries they've encountered). Even though he matches up against the opposition's best on a nightly basis, he's managed to stay at a +12 clip. He's not a physical defender, but is effective at playing the angles. You rarely see him getting beaten defensively. Offensively, he moves the puck well, although conservatively. Like Shipley, it'll be interesting to see if an NHL team gives him a second chance.

5. Scott Sabourin - Oshawa Generals
Sabourin has proven to be one of the league's most improved players this season. With 16 goals on the year, he's already set a new career high, and he's second on the Generals. He's been playing in the top 6 practically all year for Oshawa, showing great chemistry with Scott Laughton of late. He's got great size and he uses it well with the puck and without. With the puck, he has enough puck skill to generate scoring chances with drives to the net. And without the puck, he's a huge factor along the wall and is terrific in the cycle. He'll drop the mitts, back checks well, and is a reliable penalty killer. In a lot of ways Sabourin reminds me of Adam Payerl last year, who ended up getting an NHL deal from the Penguins. He could certainly be an effective role player at the next level.

2. Matt Petgrave - Oshawa Generals
Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I've been a big fan of Petgrave since he entered the league as an undrafted free agent. He's such an athletic defenseman who has a ton of great tools. He can carry the puck up the ice with ease thanks to his skating ability. He runs the powerplay well. He is one of the most feared and aggressive hitters in the league. He has pretty good size at about 6'1, 190lbs. That said, there are some areas of his game that have never really improved during his time in the league. He's still prone to turnovers in his own end, and his ability to defend in zone coverage situations never really took that next step. This could point to some deficiencies in the hockey sense department. But the athletic tangibles are there and I think he's still striving to reach his potential. Josh McFadden got an NHL contract last year and I certainly think Petgrave is the better prospect.

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