I knew Edmunson was big tough with meanness. I didn't know much about Lindbohm. If Lindbohm can be an Ulf Samuelsson type that's a lot of toughness and meanness as well. That's really my biggest issue with our defense is the lack of meanness outside of Jackman. Polak is be and strong and physical just at times I don't think he's mean enough. I think you need a guy that other teams hate on defense.
Because i he really is similar to Ulf Samuelsson that's a great player to have on your team. Jackman wont be around forever. So having good tough nasty defensemen is always a plus. Pronger's big edge was he was a mean player something Pietrangelo, J-Bow, Shattenkirk really lack.
We have some big, mean defensive prospects in Edmundson, Hakanpaa, Lindbohm and Parayko. Schmaltz and Vanelli are supposed to be the skill guys. Hakanpaa actually has some serious athleticism, as a big guy he has EJ's athleticism. Edmundson has a booming shot. Lindbohm was impressive at WJCs, this is why he's in this tier of voting for me with Fairchild, Veilleux (already slotted) and Kurker (already slotted). As soon as Fairchild is picked, Lindbohm starts getting my vote, then Parayko.
We are loaded on defense and wing. I'm still not convinced that Gardiner is anything for real. It's freaking Penn State hockey, which isn't even in the ballpark of Minnesota. The guy wasn't even the best player for Penn State. I understand that he's rebounded somewhat from his quitting Minnesota but he has MANY hurdles to go before he's even in my top 20 prospects.
I can't wait to watch Edmundson and Lindbohm back there crushing people in the future.
We have some toughness up front too. Veilleux and Beach could both be quality 4th-liners.
The Blues will be a tough team to play against for a long time. We're pretty stacked with big prospects.
And Carrier and Jaskin appear to be future NHL'ers (whether they're 3rd liners or better remains to be seen, but each has a good shot of being an NHL regular), and they are prototypical power forwards as well.
If 2 of Edmundson, Lindbohm, Parayko, and Hakanpaa become NHL regulars, I'll be happy...you just never know with later picks like them.
Our 1st pairing is set for years (pending the Petro signing), and I think Shattenkirk is the most interesting piece in the long-term. I think how we handle him really depends on how Edmundson, Vanelli, and Schmaltz progress (Schmaltz and Vanelli, for the most part). If one of those two becomes a 2nd pairing PMD, we could see Shattenkirk traded in the 3rd year of his contract....this is all really really hypothetical though.