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Who's your favorite Oiler prospect from the junior, college, and euro ranks?

View Poll Results: Which prospect will be the most valuable nhl'er?
JDD 19 24.36%
Niinimaki 19 24.36%
Pouliot 5 6.41%
Mikhnov 11 14.10%
Greene 8 10.26%
McDonald 3 3.85%
Brodziak 6 7.69%
Joukov 3 3.85%
Helminen 2 2.56%
Other... 2 2.56%
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01-06-2004, 04:12 PM
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Who's your favorite Oiler prospect from the junior, college, and euro ranks?

Imagine that you are starting up your own team and can pick just one Oilers prospect free of charge (not someone who has already made the ahl or nhl team), which one would you take?

Top 3?

I'll throw the top ten prospects from the hf main into a poll.

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01-06-2004, 04:17 PM
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I can't believe Matt Greene was left off of the list!

He's my pick. The man is awesome!

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I can't believe Matt Greene was left off of the list!

He's my pick. The man is awesome!
Shake your head again...

Matt Greene is probably the safest bet out of all of them to make the nhl - he's big, mean, talented, and healthy - but I still have high hopes for Brodziak, Niinimaki, Mikhnov, and the oft injured Pouliot.

Actually I'm going to take Kyle for his combo of size, leadership, scoring ability, & position.


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I really like what I've read about McDonald, won't be the best guy but he seems to have an amazing work ethic.

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Shake your head again...
Hey, his name wasn't listed when I voted. :p

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Aw man, can't choose. Love em all the same!
But if I had to choose, it'd be Pouliot or Niinimaki.

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I voted for Greene so Oilers Chick would be covered off.

If I was starting a team, and got three prospects off the Oiler tree, I would choose:

1. Marc-Antoine Pouliot
2. Jeff Drouin Deslauriers
3. Doug Lynch

My "off the board" pick is Brock Radunske. He has been improving slowly but surely, will probably score 15 this year. The scouting reports (and what Prendergast and Howson have said about him courtesy Guy) have been solid.

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I voted other, as I will take Kenny Smith. He looked great at the prospect camp, very sound defenseman.

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I voted before who I would start a team with.... I'd take Deslauriers if that's the case. But I voted for my favorite prospect Mikhnov. He's huge, he's a good skater, and has finish.

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I picked JDD, every team needs a solid Goalie

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I voted before who I would start a team with.... I'd take Deslauriers if that's the case. But I voted for my favorite prospect Mikhnov. He's huge, he's a good skater, and has finish.
And it would be nice to have a big forward who plays like he knows how big he is for a change. Not that I dislike Isbister, but that drives me nuts sometimes.

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I voted for McDonald - never seen him play, but this interview was excellent, each answer was great. This guy will make it to the NHL and will be the best player he could be.

Top3:
1. McDonald
2. Woywitka (liked him the whole team in Philly, too)
3. Matthew Greene (the type of dman i like a lot)

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I voted for McDonald - never seen him play, but this interview was excellent, each answer was great. This guy will make it to the NHL and will be the best player he could be.

Top3:
1. McDonald
2. Woywitka (liked him the whole team in Philly, too)
3. Matthew Greene (the type of dman i like a lot)
McDonald was my choice too, but I went off the question in the headline, of favourite player. I think McDonald has the highest chance of making the show though of all our prospects, but could be anywhere from 4th line grinder to top line power forward. The guy I think with the highest end potential is Niinimakii, I don't think he'll reach his top end though.

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who are these people not voting for Mikhnov?

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1)JDD
2)Woywitka
3)Greene

It is my firm belief that you need a strong French goalie from the Q if you want to win the cup. The proof is in the pudding. Having solid D is nice too!!

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1) JDD
2) Woywitka
3) Lynch

I couldn't say Mikhnov (sorry speeds ) since we haven't seen him play OR heard much about him.

a solid goalie for the future with a defense pairing that will last for a long time providing a peace of mind in three important positions for some time to come.

However if we were to include the ability to pick from every other organisation in the NHL as well I wouldnt pick JDD, as much as I like him I would pick perhaps Woywitka and put Mikhnov as 3rd since I think Miller would become a better goalie.

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I felt it a difficult choice. I also find it odd that the tendancy for almost everyone on Oilers HF Board likes a prospect other than Pouliot.

I voted Niinimaki because he seems to have everything a prospect needs to make the NHL.

I have questions about most of the others, I don't know much about Greene or Smith(I always hear good things about Kenny Smith though )

Top 3 prospects....

Niinimaki
JDD
Pouliot

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who are these people not voting for Mikhnov?

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Once he actually sets foot in North America, THEN I'll vote for him.

I chose Niinimaki. It was a tossup between him and Pouliot, but from what I've briefly seen of him he has the talent, and just as important I think he'll adjust to the North American/NHL way of things better than most Euros. He seems to be very outgoing, and not afraid. My only worry is that shoulder of his. He messed it up real good.

Pouliot is right behind him, it's maddening with MAP because of all these various injuries he can't seem to escape. If he's not getting rocked by Phaneuf, he's pulling groins or slipping on banana peels. I'm really hoping once he matures physically he'll grow out of it, because he definitely has top 6 talent.

If I'm picking a 3rd guy, I can't help but pick Greene. I can't get these visions of Derian Hatcher out of my head when I think of what he could be.

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If I'm picking a 3rd guy, I can't help but pick Greene. I can't get these visions of Derian Hatcher out of my head when I think of what he could be.
I voted for Greene for that reason. I don't pretend to know a lot about any of these prospects, but a menacing jackass on the blueline is something that I've felt the Oilers have needed for a long time.

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Once he actually sets foot in North America, THEN I'll vote for him.

I chose Niinimaki. It was a tossup between him and Pouliot, but from what I've briefly seen of him he has the talent, and just as important I think he'll adjust to the North American/NHL way of things better than most Euros. He seems to be very outgoing, and not afraid. My only worry is that shoulder of his. He messed it up real good.
Based on what I've read o Mikhnov I would actually expect him to adjust beter to NA than Niinimaki, but when all your info is based on written reports it's kind of hard to judge.

Mikhnov is listed as a big guy with a big frame, can probably still fill out a bit. With soft hands. I just can't fathom how he isn't listed as EDM's #1 prospect, but of course, not having seen the guy might be a large part of that. But maybe not, maybe the Oilers really don't know what they have or, more likely than that, they do realize what they have but don't want to hype him up too much.

And that's without mentioning the shoulder injury, the effects of which are unknown at this time.

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Mikhnov is listed as a big guy with a big frame, can probably still fill out a bit. With soft hands. I just can't fathom how he isn't listed as EDM's #1 prospect, but of course, not having seen the guy might be a large part of that. But maybe not, maybe the Oilers really don't know what they have or, more likely than that, they do realize what they have but don't want to hype him up too much.
I just wish I could see him with my own eyes, even once. I don't like relying on second hand reports, I like making my own observations. Mikhnov frustrates me because other than a handful of still photos I've NEVER seen him play a game at any level. Sometimes I think Duke Nukem Forever will hit the shelves before The Mik sets foot at Edmonton International.

I'm crossing my fingers that this will finally be the year Lowe and Meehan can hammer out a contract. At least he isn't represented by Winter.

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I picked Joukov from the favorable reports on him just after the draft, although I haven't heard much about him since then.

It was a bit of a spur-of-the-moment pick, as I found reasons not to choose the others on the list for one reason or another.

Mikhnov is just too much of an unknown, including 'unknown if he'll ever come over to North America'.

MAP is showing some concerns over being injury-prone, or at least having them perhaps restrict his development.

Niinimaaki - some concern over the shoulder injury as well here.

JDD - still a bit of a gamble to say he'll be an impact NHL goalie for the Oilers, which means the Oilers' goalie depth isn't very good at the moment...if JDD doesn't pan out in the next 2-3 years, we'd be in trouble the way it stands now.

The rest? Well, I like the sounds of Greene but was somehow focussed on forwards for this one. Radunske, perhaps, but I did a mental coin-toss and chose Joukov instead.

So Joukov is also a stretch, but I hadn't heard of any injury reports on him (like we've had on MAP and Niinimaaki) so...



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