Indeed. Nikulin would have a nice impact on this team, I'd think. Sounds like he can bruise and Bernd believe's he has the potential for some offensive pop. Another young, tough, big body? Would love to see him make it over.
Totally unrelated, but HollyG, when do you anticipate you'll integrate this year's draft class into your prospect rankings?
That's good news. The level of play is higher in the top Slovakian league where he was expecting to play next year but the WHL is some rough and tumble North American hockey that will be good for his development as a physical winger. If he lights it up he'll get some confidence and since he was drafted out of Europe he can enter the AHL at 19 the following year if he's not ready for the NHL and too good for juniors.