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05-03-2013, 11:06 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Charleston, SC
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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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