What prospect's are benefiting most from the lockout
There are always certain players that people have said that this lockout is perfect for those particular players. I can think of a few off the top of my head... Who does everyone think is this lockout PERFECT for their careers?
Obviously one of the best ones is Justin Schultz... But i'll start things off with Brett Connolly and Nino. Both were rushed into the NHL i think and spending this time in the AHL is perfect
All of Islanders first round picks. Nino is averaging more then a PPG in the AHL, Strome is tearing up the OHL and Reinhart is getting #1 minutes in the WHL. Sadly if their wasn't a lockout 2 or 3 of these guys might be playing on the Island due to their contracts getting the Islanders over the cap min.
As already mentioned for Calgary, Roman Horak. Given a chance to work on his offensive game and has thrived.
Another (not necessarily a prospect) is Mikael Backlund. Currently has 27 points in 20 games in Vasteras. As many points as Kopitar and Berglund (5 less games for Backlund) and more points than Matt Read. He needed to regain his offensive confidence and this will really help.
Kadri is finally looking like hes ready to make the jump
Agreed. Just keeping pressure off to make the team has allowed Kadri to focus on his development.
I will add Peter Holland and Tomas Tatar to this list. Not that they would have made their respective clubs, but another year in AHL will help to build confidence and allow increased time to further develop offensive skills.
its hard to say because who knows what would have or could have been... I would say the team that has been given the gift of the lockout has been NYI... If there wasn't a lockout I am sure some of their prospects would be buried in the roster and never see top minutes.... and Edmonton. The young guns gaining exp. in Oklahoma seems to be working out well.
My Wild might be in this convo as well with all of the young talent they have tucked away. Getting Granlund some north american hockey experience (before injury and now coming back) can't hurt his progression.
to sum it up, all top prospects should benefit greatly
Hmmm...Yakupov. Grigorenko...Couturier? Maybe Schiefele too cause I'm pretty sure if the season started on time the Jets would've given him time that in my opinion he wasn't ready for. I wish I could say Burmistrov, because time away from major pro to find his game again should be healthy, but he's not really utilizing it.
Originally Posted by Exit Dose
Peter Holland for the Ducks.
Yep. And I'd even say Hampus Lindholm. The lockout kind of worked in our favor in that regard. He chose not to go to Rogle because he was promised a camp invite so he stayed behind in Norfolk to wait for the lockout to end. So now we get to have him here, transitioning to the American game (one that has been almost seamless) and getting integrated into the Ducks core and future.
And it's probably benefiting Palmieri and the Ducks organization that he isn't in the NHL right now. Based on his recent play, he still has work to do. So when I say benefiting I don't mean the way it's benefiting Holland and Lindholm.