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05-03-2013, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by tsujimoto74 View Post
You have no idea how good Buffalo's prospect pool is then.
-Armia has a big body and a great shot. He was huge down the stretch for his team, who were out of a playoff spot most of the early part of the season, and then went on to win a championship. He's got 1st line goal scoring upside.
-Mark Pysyk is an NHLer. He's proven as much. Silky smooth skater, active stick, great defensive positioning/gap control, makes the right first pass.
-Coach Cassidy said Girgensons, as the youngest skater in the AHL this year, far exceeded what he expected him to bring (recently scoring 3 of the Amerks 6 playoff goals in a 3 game sweep by the Marlies) and called his development curve this year "off the charts".
-Larsson plays a strong possession game, mucks hard along the boards and has the skill to become a 2nd liner as well.
-McCabe obviously wowed a lot of people at World Juniors, captaining the team to gold, while being a top defender in the tournament. Scored some timely goals and played solid D. Coming from a college program that's constantly churning out high quality NHL defensemen.

Ritchie could arguably be in the mix with or ahead of some of those guys, but you're fooling yourself if you think the only better prospect the Sabres have is Grigorenko.
He has a lot to prove before he could be put in a category with those guys. Each of them has had success at higher levels and a better pedigree. I'm not saying it's impossible for him to pass those guys, but as of right now, he wouldn't. Stars fans might not realize the company I put him with in our 7-10 range. McNabb is an AHL all-star who has seen success in the NHL in his brief stints. Tropp was playing on a line with Vanek and Hodgson last year before being injured for a full season. Hackett is one of the highest rated goalie prospects by HF standards and Catennaci is a player with on a similar level in the same league.

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