Exactly. The reason he had to sign is because his Swiss contract (3 years) only had an NHL out clause. Not an AHL out clause.
Originally Posted by Chris Cutter
How does a smaller Alex Steen sound like as a comparison?
I'd love that. Not sure he'll ever develop that well - but I hope so. He has a high work ethic though, so I wouldn't be surprised. Wouldn't be surprised to see him bust as well though, if I'm completely honest.
I don't buy this cup of coffee, ready in a year talk. This sounds like another Alexander Avtsin. For most of his first year he will likely be a healthy scratch.
Why do you say that ? He was an excellent player in the CHL and works hard, has a good shot, a little undersized and young but he will be an impact player in Hamilton. Avtsin was coming from Russia to Hamilton as a under-ager. Situations don't really compare IMO.
1 thing's for certain, in a couple of seasons this team will be half filled with the 2012 and 2013 draft only. Galchenyuk, Collberg, Bozon, Vail, Hudon, Mccaron, De La Rose, Fucale, Lehkonen, Andrighetto and Crisp are ALL prospects that have NHL potential and should atleast have a try in a couple seasons.
I don't recall people being this optimistic about our prospect pool in a LONG time. Last time I imagine was when we had Higgins, Plekanec, Kostitsyn, Komisarek, Perezhogin, Halak, etc.
What might amplify the hype is that the 2012 & 2013 drafts we're the first ones where we had a lot of picks in the top 60/90. People won't overhype prospects drafted past the 3rd round unless they're some flashy European à la Avtsin/Trunev.
Yeah, we really need to somehow find a thread with people's predictions of how our team would look like from 2007-2008 or something. We would probably find Valentenko filling the 3rd pair with gleeful comments about how tough our team was going to be to play against.