Thread: Prospect Info: Year End Top 20
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04-04-2013, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by WeThreeKings View Post
Nygren if he doesn't improve his defensive play will be nothing more than a PP specialist. It's up to him whether or not he becomes more than that.
Morgan Ellis needs to improve his footspeed. He should round out to be a heart and soul bottom pairing D man with a good shot and a good first pass.
Louis Leblanc will likely not feature on the Habs. Best case scenario is he ends up what Chris Higgins was when he was shipped off to New York, a responsible journey man who can chip in a few goals and is smart hockey-wise. Not a bad player but he's definitely nothing special. If he was Chris Higgins before the Gomez trade, I'd be salivating.
Bournival.. see Louis Leblanc, only he's stronger and waster, so he has a better chance of being a player at the NHL level.

Ultimately, I don't see really high upside with any of those guys. I do really like Morgan Ellis though. If they all hit and become players, that's good scouting and drafting by the Habs. That being said, we need to get some more quality scoring prospects in the system, another highly regarded defensive defenseman prospect and we need some bruising wingers who can score. Center position is still very dry in the pool.
Why write him off as a 15 goals Higgins ?
While Bournival is stronger and faster (nothing impossible to improve) Leblanc has 10 times the hockey IQ he has. No wonder Leblanc went top 20 in a good draft.

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