I think Kujawinski, Carrier, and Mantha all have good 'rise' potential, as does Drouin. But don't forget Klimchuk and Forsberg, if Klimchuk plays like he can he could show to be a top 15, and if Forsberg has any talented teammates this year he could rise farther. Who else, well I'm too tired to think about it!
Yup, this year's draft will be a thing of beauty... Many players will be moving, will be interesting to hear the experts their explanation for the moves!
I'd really like the Oilers to grab one of these C's either by trading their 1 and a 2nd round pick/player to land in the top 10 to pick up either: Monahan, Barkov, Lindholm, Lazar, Horvat, Kujawinski. Nuge and one of them would make an awesome 1-2 punch down the middle in years to come.
Monahan has the size, physicality, speed, and power to be an NHL player one year from now.
that's way over generous - he is *starting* to totally dominate teenagers - but to say in early Sept. he's NHL ready next year is over-reaching at this point.
re: Shinkaruk - i'm doubtful. His size isn't fantastic - although he's got that same powerful, low centre of gravity that Skinner had. Shinkaruk needs to show his stuff for the next few months w/o Etem...and even if he does great, expecting him to be able to step in to the NHL right away is optimistic.
at this point - the one who is probably closest would be MacKinnon - and his transition would be easier if he could come equipped to play wing well.
Artturi Lehkonen is realy making a name of himself in the European Trophy tournament, In 7 games 5 goals and 3 passes, he is the scoring leader on hes team!! Do know that this tournament is between the best teams from every country in Europe.. well countrys that have great teams atleast and not russia, they dont want to participate
How far away are Shinkaruk and Monahan? Would they be ready to make the jump immediately after their draft?
It depends on how much muscle Shinkaruk can put between July and the start of 2013. His weakness is a lot like RNH and that is if he is strong enough to play with men?. Personally I think he needs one more year in WHL and will make the starting lineup in 2014-2015, but anything is possible.