Just wanted to start a discussion on these three players. Was wondering who you think of the 3 willbe the better player in the NHL. Maybe rank them and explain why. I'm bored at work and am looking for a good discussion.
I'd rank it...
1. Nathan Horton
2. Jeff Carter
3. Thomas Vanek
I went with Horton first because he's looking already at the age of 20 like a true goal scorer. He's a big kid who goes into the boards to get the puck and he's looking to me like he'll be a great power forward. It's too soon but he's reminding me of a Joe Thornton.
Carter comes next. There might be some bias in this because he's a Flyer. I'll be honest and say that in most of the games this season i haven't really been impressed by his play. I know he's still got to come into form and when he does he'll be a force. His wrister alone got him the #2 spot. It's so f-ing fast.
Vanek. I think this kids gonna be great and the only reason he's in the 3rd spot is because I've heard that he's not that great defensively. Also, he was expected to be a goal scorer first but so far he has only 5 goals with 15 assists. Again, I think he needs some time but as of right now he's in 3rd place.
Overall...I'd want Horton on my team out of all 3 players. That's my humble opinion.
If Jeff Carter were anywhere else, he'd be the top guy on my list. Fact of the matter is that he's going to have to win over a coach who is notoriously rough on young players. People may point to Pitkanen and Gagne as two successes under Hitchcock, but that's only because Hitch's hand was forced by salary cap issues. If we didn't have a cap in place, you could bet that Gagne would still be in a checking role and Pitkanen would be lucky to see duty as a 5 or 6 defenseman on the team. Others may dispute that, but look at Dallas. Langenbrunner was only a checker and same with Lehtinen. I don't remember any defenseman under 26 having a spot on one of the top 4 pairing in Dallas either.