I don't know about Chimera, but Cleary, if I recall correctly, was drafted as a skilled offensive prospect who was not overly physical early in his career. I think if Paajarvi realizes he has to develop new characteristics, he could develop into a very good checker who could chip in 30-40 points year in year out.
so was raffi torres, many players are forced to transform into grinders. either that or they dont have a career
Not worried about Hall, Nuge, Ebs, Schultz at all. I am growing concerned that our scouting and development isn't as deep as its been made out to be. Still way early, but you'd expect a couple guys would have stepped up a level by now.
Keep in mind that his ELC will include this season 2012-2013(hopefully)
I'm projecting that we will not see him play this season as I feel that he has been
surpassed on the depth chart. Therefore: 80games in his rookies season, 35 games in his second and potentially nothing played this season. That would mean best case scenerio MP has played in perhaps half of the NHL games during his ELC. That is "In and out of the line-up"
Judging by his draft pedigree PRV should have been a top 6 player. That's our first dissapointment. Now you have settled and have labelled him as a "two way player"
He still does not quallify, not enough offensive production, and not reliable enough as a shutdown player. When things get physical he dissapears!
So using the same stupid % of possible NHL games played of ELC criteria then Hall will be a bust if this whole season is lost to a lockout.
i never thought this team would be so good (at the same token, so bad) as some predicted. as a matter of fact I thought it was laughable how some were saying they would completely and utterly dominate. RNH, as good a season he had, got butter soft minutes last year, Eberle benefited greatly from Hall... the trio of them were all dependant on each other in more ways than people think... the AHL is full of depth and young star players... We as a fan base have greatly, greatly overrated are own (in regards to our later picks)... And as embarrassing it is to see the young stars play like this, there is no doubt in my mind they are coasting, not that it's an excuse, as a matter of fact it's pretty sad, but either way that's the least of their problem. the depth players and later round pics look worthless. I'll chalk it up to a bad stretch and early season growing pains, the adrenaline has worn off. Hopefully they'll pick things up soon here.
And I agree with the person who said the boys from the big club are actually more of a detriment to the team rather than a benefit. Gotta be some feelings of complacency, buying into their own hype, lots of different factors. Either way, Nelson better whip these guys into shape soon. Krueger will have his work cut out for him over the coming years, that is, if he's able to survive. Oilers need NHL'ers.