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Which WHL D-men could stick in the NHL this season??

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05-05-2012, 11:36 PM
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Which WHL D-men could stick in the NHL this season??

providing there's a season lol.

Murray I'm guessing will if he's picked by the Oilers or Blue Jackets

How bout Reilly, Dumba, Pouliot, Reinhart?

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05-05-2012, 11:48 PM
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Reilly if he is on a really needing team. Dumba too probably especially if he goes to NYI (like I think he will).

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I'll go with the obvious choice Murray....

I've never seen the rest play.

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05-06-2012, 09:31 AM
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Morrow, Petrovic, Murray.

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I think the only one that has a chance is Murray. Maybe Petrovic. The rest all need more seasoning and experience. Why rush an 18/19 year old and maybe ruin him.

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If Pens weren't so deep on defence then I think Joe Morrow could stick.

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no way that Pouliot or Reinhart stick

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05-07-2012, 12:06 AM
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Only one who has a real shot of the draft eligibles to me is Murray.

As far as other guys go, Dougie Hamilton is a big name who should.

EDIT: Sorry, didn't see it was asking about WHL specifically.


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Imo Joe Morrow could have played this year and not look out of place.

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05-07-2012, 08:58 PM
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providing there's a season lol.

Murray I'm guessing will if he's picked by the Oilers or Blue Jackets

How bout Reilly, Dumba, Pouliot, Reinhart?
Dumba is possible.

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Imo Joe Morrow could have played this year and not look out of place.
No he couldn't have.

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Dumba is possible.
No, he's not really.

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Imo Joe Morrow could have played this year and not look out of place.
He had an excellent training camp, but he wouldn't have had the same impact in the regular season, imo. Next season he can definitely make an impact, but I doubt he'll be on Pittsburgh's roster.

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no way that Pouliot or Reinhart stick
I don't see why not. He's responsible and he's got NHL strength. I could easily see him in a bottom pairing role in some top 10 lineups

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No, he's not really.
I don't see why not here either. I mean by no means would it be a good idea as far as development goes, but from what I've seen he has the speed and strength to handle himself.
The question is who could stick, not who will be effective.

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I don't see why not here either. I mean by no means would it be a good idea as far as development goes, but from what I've seen he has the speed and strength to handle himself.
The question is who could stick, not who will be effective.
Fair enough, but unless he gains 15 pounds over the summer (which is basically impossible) I don't see a team risking it. He's strong, but he's strong against 17-18 year olds...not against 30 year old grown men.

He's not NHL ready and won't be in the NHL next season.

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Fair enough, but unless he gains 15 pounds over the summer (which is basically impossible) I don't see a team risking it. He's strong, but he's strong against 17-18 year olds...not against 30 year old grown men.

He's not NHL ready and won't be in the NHL next season.
I believe it. Just using my own experience, the same was said about Cam Fowler (needs to put on 15 or so pounds) and he still did relatively well his first year.....but...yeah Dumba needs to bulk up. 174 pounds isn't going to cut it. I'm just saying I've seen guys like him...not excel but they got spots. If he was playing 7-10 minutes a night he could be effective, the only thing is there's no point. Better he go continue his development for another year.

And lol, I don't know about that. I put on 20 pounds in one summer. Granted half of it was because of food, but I still made it happen.

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Murray, Morrow, Petrovic, McIlrath

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Buffalo probably doesnt need him to, but I think Pysyk could step in next year.

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I believe it. Just using my own experience, the same was said about Cam Fowler (needs to put on 15 or so pounds) and he still did relatively well his first year.....but...yeah Dumba needs to bulk up. 174 pounds isn't going to cut it. I'm just saying I've seen guys like him...not excel but they got spots. If he was playing 7-10 minutes a night he could be effective, the only thing is there's no point. Better he go continue his development for another year.

And lol, I don't know about that. I put on 20 pounds in one summer. Granted half of it was because of food, but I still made it happen.
Fowler was MUCH further advanced offensively than Dumba currently is, in my opinion. And that's saying something considering he was a top 5 WHL goal scorer from the blueline and led the Under 18's in scoring etc.

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Based on what I've seen of Dumba, he needs to be physically ready to be an effective player in the NHL. He needs to be able to physically match up against the players he's on the ice against. That wasn't Fowler's game at all, and I think Fowler was able to fall back on his talent level to fill the gap before his body was really ready. In many ways, I think that's still the case, as Fowler still has a lot of physical maturing to do.

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Im not sure Fowler is ready for the nhl tbh.

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Im not sure Fowler is ready for the nhl tbh.
That's quite a statement, because two separate NHL coaches felt he was deserving of 20+ minutes of ice time a game. I don't think anyone who has consistently seen him would say he's not ready. Perhaps being asked to do too much for Anaheim, but he is clearly an NHL player.

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That's quite a statement, because two separate NHL coaches felt he was deserving of 20+ minutes of ice time a game. I don't think anyone who has consistently seen him would say he's not ready. Perhaps being asked to do too much for Anaheim, but he is clearly an NHL player.
I think he isn't ready for the role he is being given. The talent is there, he's had it since he was on Honeybaked dominating our good Team Illinois team in 06-07.

But defenders take a long time to hone. Unlike forwards, regardless of how offensively minded they are, their position requires them to play defense. So they have to play the defensive game regardless if they step up and play past the redline.

With Fowler he has/had to start learning the responsible two-way game, especially if he is trying to be honed into a Niedermayer-esque player.

These offensive dynamos come out of Juniors and expect to continue playing their game, but there's a huge learning curve.

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Murray

any others will be sent back unless they are old enough to play in AHL

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