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04-24-2013, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by s7ark View Post
Agree to disagree. If we can get better passing on the back end and size on the wing in the top 9, we could make it, so long as RNH rcovers quickly.

Isn't he a winger? Besides, he's signed in the KHL for 2 years. Since you just stated that Gagner isn't an option for 2 more years, who plays 2nd C if we take Nichushkin?
That's a good point. Either way we're waiting 1-2 years in limbo for these young big C's to develop into their role. Nichushkin has been used at C and W in the past.

Of Mackinnon, Barkov, and Nichushkin, the consensus seems to be that the one most likely to "remain a C" in the NHL is Barkov, as his style is most suited to it.

I've done a lot of reading on the kid on various scouting reports, as well as prospect discussion threads on HF. He seems to be that "guy"

Mature defensive game (not Toews-at-18 level but getting there), more reliant on passing than shooting, and someone who can use his body to protect the puck, win board battles, and play the 200-foot game.

He's probably the best bet to fill that 2C role.

Listening to descriptions of his game make me think of a Kopitar-Backstrom hybrid, obviously without the high-end offensive output of Backstrom, and the all-world humongous size of Kopitar.

Lots of scouts are saying he's grown this season itself from 6'2 to 6'3, and is closer to 205-210 now than the 195 he's been listed at.

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