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03-11-2013, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by magnoctophas View Post
Yeah, but are guys like Blake Comeau really going to be that effective in the future?

Calgary is probably the only team in the NHL bar the Red Wingsthat lacks a stud young player (Bartschi might be that in 2/3 years, but we can't say for sure right now) or an elite player early in their prime who'll likely be effective for the next 5 years. Sharks have Couture/Pavelski, Canucks have Kesler/Edler, and that alone should put them ahead of the Flames. The Wings are pretty terrible as well, but since the Wings have a better history of drafting/developing, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt over the Flames.

1. Flames
2. Wings

3. Sharks
4. Canucks
There may not be another Datsyuk or Zetterberg in the Wings farm system but if Kesler/Edler/Pavelski are the new bar for "elite" (which I disagree with) then there are plenty of prospects in the system that project to be near or beyond that level, and in the mean time Pavel and Zetterberg will still be effective for a few years.

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