No good news yet on Nicholls. Spoke to him this afternoon. He says things aren't looking good right now in regards to getting signed, but he will get things ironed out further while his agent is in Toronto at the combine next week.
Better cross your fingers, is the feeling I'm getting on this.
Last summer/fall, ForSpareParts (Formally Agreement) was leading the crusade in the "Kadri vs. Frattin" thread bashing Kadri and trying to make them seem mutually exclusive. Now he's moved on to Deschamps, pimping him beyond belief and trying to put down Kadri once again, just hoping for him to fail.
FYI, I like Deschamps, and have been keeping an eye on him since he came over in the Caputi trade. And I was very impressed by him live when I saw him on monday. I see what you're saying about him, but I don't understand why liking one prospect means you have to put down the other. Kadri and Deschamps play different roles for the Marlies, and would play different roles for the Leafs in the future. Just like Kadri and Frattin in last year's debate. They're NOT mutually exclusive. I for one would like to see all of our prospects succeed and graduate to the big club, and not call for the rest to be traded once one starts doing well.
He played well in the rookie tournament, and scored a goal in pre-season as well, I believe.
He needs to fill out. He's a good skater for a lanky kid, and his shot is really accurate, just needs to be harder.
Agreed, I am a little puzzled about his situation. Like him a lot. Wonder if he has some weird contract rule as he was drafted out of Europe, played In jr, now looks like he will play in Europe again. Cuz I doubt Erie will use overage and export spot on him.
I don't think the Maple Leafs moved up to select Olden, I believe they just moved a pick in the following draft to land LA's selection in the 3rd round.. could be wrong though.
Either way, what they did at the draft two seasons ago to land a player in the 3rd round means little IMO. Sure, they liked him then, but they have probably kept close tabs on him since. Perhaps it's more than just 'on-ice' production? His development in general hasn't been great since he was picked.
Anybody think that Frattin has 30-goal potential? Kid's really got a hell of a shot, and he seems to be getting quicker. I expect a 20ish goal season from him next year, with the Leafs utilizing him on the PP. Last year he just seemed too timid, but he's putting it all together in these playoffs. So pumped to see what he can bring next year.