In today’s NHL, there is an increasing necessity for teams to draft well in order to succeed in the long term. The implementation of the salary cap prevents big market teams from giving free agents a blank check, and building dynasty teams through free agency.
They Could Be Elite NHL Prospects
Because the draft is so valuable, teams are always looking for the hidden gems in the late rounds. Some of these players can be just as talented as those taken in the beginning of the draft, but there is something about their game that troubles the scouting community. Usually, there is one glaring weakness or problem with their game that prevents them from being drafted higher. If they can overcome it, they could have a long NHL career ahead of them. Here is a list of ten of those NHL prospects and the problems with their game:
What prospects have that one glaring weakness with their game holding them back? There are obvious ones like Gaudreau or Grigorenko, but could Mantha's work ethic hold him back? Who stands to improve the most from correcting the one problem with their game?
Yeah, I'm hoping he's somewhat of a late bloomer. He reminds me a lot of Vanek, and even if he's Vanek light, he would be perfect for a second line scoring winger. I figure one of him or Grigorenko will probably end up being a bust or traded in a package for something better, but I think Grigorenko/Armia/Girgensons is a perfect balance of playmaking/scoring/grit and I'd love to see them all pan out and play together someday.
Originally Posted by jaa
For the last 4 years, people have waited for him to prove himself to have the work ethic required in the NHL. He needs to be consistent, a threat, game after game.
"What if he can't adjust to the professional life style of an NHL player? What if he won't play with full motivation every night?"
Is Nikita Filatov still considered a prospect? I feel like if he ever gets his **** together he could be a solid player in the NHL. Of course, I might be bias considering he signed my Sens baseball cap before his first season in Ottawa and I would love an excuse to whip it out