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09-06-2013, 04:43 PM
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As previously mentioned, the Flames have a great young goaltending prospect in Gillies and then a good prospect in Brossoit. They also have Joni Ortio coming back from Finland, so that is another body in the mix. I'm not sold on him, but he was supposedly very good last year.
On the blue line you have past Team USA captain, and Wisconsin Badger captain, John Ramage. Tyler Wotherspoon was excellent for Team Canada in last year's world junior tournament. Patrick Sieloff is a shoe-in for this year's American entry at the junior tournament. All three of these kids have the ability to make the NHL this season and have been told as such. Two guys that stood out from last night's game were Culkin and Kanzig. Both are young but stood out head-to-head with the Oilers blue line prospects. Of course their job was much easier as the play was not in their end that much, so the next games will tell if this was an adoration or if they were that good. Again, not great depth, but considering where the team was a couple years ago this is a huge improvement. These blue liners have an interesting mix of skill and grit that give them a good chance of finding their way on the roster in some capacity.
Just to illustrate how quickly this can go wrong..
The Oilers had USA team captain Taylor Chorney.. SWE captain Anton Lander. Curtis Hamilton was looking good on Team Canada. Olivier Roy made Canada. I'm sure I'm missing a bunch of other standouts as well...
Until you can show it as a PRO.. it means nothing.
It's a long road to being an NHL player for most of these guys. They aren't all making an impact in a year or 2.
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