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02-18-2006, 10:34 AM
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Aj thelen

is playing very well i see him play at every raider game. i dont think he is ready for pro hockey yet though. he has the offense there is no question there but... he has the ability to be very solid in his own end. and he shows flashes of it. do the wild have to sign thelen by this june ? (since he was drafted out of ncaa i wondered). is there a chance that the wild even if they have to sing him, would send him back to prince albert of the whl for one more year ? i dont think the wild need to rush him (as they have the depth to let him develop) does anybody else think that one more year of junior would be the best thing for him ?

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I think a year of AHL would be best for him next year.

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I think a year of AHL would be best for him next year.
i doubt he is ready for the ahl , he is 2-3 more years away from challenging for a roster spot

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well i'd be more then willing to bet he's in the AHL next year.

Pierre marc bouchard wasn't ready for the show either his first year..

Nor was Burns....

Clayton stoner was drafted the same year as Thelen I do believe, and he's transitioned fine to the AHL. You can't tell me Stoner is much better then Thelen.

He will be in the AHL next year, almost zero chance of being back in the DUB.

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02-18-2006, 12:22 PM
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well i'd be more then willing to bet he's in the AHL next year.

Pierre marc bouchard wasn't ready for the show either his first year..

Nor was Burns....

Clayton stoner was drafted the same year as Thelen I do believe, and he's transitioned fine to the AHL. You can't tell me Stoner is much better then Thelen.

He will be in the AHL next year, almost zero chance of being back in the DUB.
the wild like to rush their prospects. i see thelen play every game in the whl. he has a high upside but if he is rushed i think he could turn into a bust, his stock has been falling. i doubt that the wild would put him back in the whl next year but what i was saying is if another year if junior would be the best thing for him . i believe stoner is a yeah older than thelen. stoner isnt better than thelen just more mature and further along in his development. he could have played in the ahl this year is the wild had signed him and thought he was ready for the ahl. i am a fan of thelen. i think maybe the echl but how much would that league help him ?

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i doubt he is ready for the ahl , he is 2-3 more years away from challenging for a roster spot
I don't think any 1st round pick is 2-3 years away from the AHL. If he is 3 years away from the minor leagues we are in trouble.

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I don't think any 1st round pick is 2-3 years away from the AHL. If he is 3 years away from the minor leagues we are in trouble.


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I think Thelen will be in Houston next year

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I don't think any 1st round pick is 2-3 years away from the AHL. If he is 3 years away from the minor leagues we are in trouble.
no i meant 2- 3 from challenging for a spot in minnisota

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The advantage of putting him in the AHL is that he will be part of the Wild system, and the coaches there will be better able to prepare him for the NHL and the Wild than those in Prince Albert.

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The advantage of putting him in the AHL is that he will be part of the Wild system, and the coaches there will be better able to prepare him for the NHL and the Wild than those in Prince Albert.
actually the prince albert coach is very good. has turned out many successful pros. and the raiders play a very similiar style to that of the wild. i was just thinking that putting him in the ahl would be more than he could handle

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actually the prince albert coach is very good. has turned out many successful pros. and the raiders play a very similiar style to that of the wild. i was just thinking that putting him in the ahl would be more than he could handle


nah

Dave Manson has been a wonderful mentor for Thelen, I think his maturity has increased infinitely- lets face it, PA isnt a powerhouse in the W this year, and I think that has helped, especially with what happened at MSU...

but I still think he'll be in houston.

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Thelen won the fastest skater, 1 on 1 relay and hardest shot competitions in PA's skills competition today. His shot was clocked at 95 mph.

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Thelen won the fastest skater, 1 on 1 relay and hardest shot competitions in PA's skills competition today. His shot was clocked at 95 mph.


no *****?

I played some pickup against him, he's got some serious tools...

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thelen and foster are gonna be good offensive players for the wild...

I'm not sure either project as #1 D men though...Stoner probably more of a 3-6

At any rate hopefully the wild can find that legit #1 D man who can log 28 mins+ a night and give us hopefully a good powerplay qb, and defensive player. Yes i know , very rare to find.

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thelen and foster are gonna be good offensive players for the wild...

I'm not sure either project as #1 D men though...Stoner probably more of a 3-6

At any rate hopefully the wild can find that legit #1 D man who can log 28 mins+ a night and give us hopefully a good powerplay qb, and defensive player. Yes i know , very rare to find.

if thelen could turn out like another kuba I'd call him a success

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I think he could potentially have more offense then kuba.

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02-27-2006, 12:21 AM
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Foster? He's like what? 25-26?

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02-27-2006, 12:36 AM
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lol that was random...what about Foster being 25?

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Some guys are late bloomers (Andy Delmore anyone?)

Oh wait, bad example

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lol@ delmore...

But anyways, I can't be more pleased with Foster...he's still relativley young, only 25 and he's shown a great deal so far. Hopefully he keeps it up and continues to develop more. He always did put up good numbers whether in junior or AHL, now he's doing it in the show.

Definitley like this pick up.

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I think he could potentially have more offense then kuba.
Might actually throw a body check every month or two also, unlike Kuba.

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Foster? He's like what? 25-26?


where the hell did this come from?

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I think Foster by now has hit his upside or is in the groove and will have a smaller upside than Thelen.

I was responding to Chrisd...

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i wasn't really comparing them..

Just saying they are better suited to be #2 or #3's, and both have solid offense.

On that token, a player such is him can certainly develop more. Lots of players get better as they age, some guys have different learning curves, and coaches can bring out a lot in these guys that other coaches couldn't.

25 is still relativley long, he has the shot, and offensive capabilities, with him it will be learning when to move up the ice and sneak in and try to score more, knowing when to stay back and risk coming up.

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I think Foster by now has hit his upside or is in the groove and will have a smaller upside than Thelen.

I was responding to Chrisd...


I agree

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