A) Drury with better scoring touch and vision
B)Afinogenov but Afi is a lot more solid on his skate.
C)Really don't know... Name a center with speed, grit, playmaking but 0 finish
D)Scott Hannan but more physical
Higgins -> Tough to say...sorta like a hybrid between Gagne, Drury and Smyth
Perezhogin -> Also tough to say...maybe a less flashy, stronger version of Afinogenov
Plekanec -> A slightly less talented Koivu
Komisarek -> A young Scott Stevens minus the offensive prowess
A) Left wing Saku
B) Right wing Saku
C) 3rd line Saku
D) Oversized Defense Saku
My picks :
Higgins - A lot like Drury / Rolston; but could explode and be more like Marian Hossa
Perezhogin - In my opinion, he has Kovalev-like upside if he can strenghten his body but it's more likely that he'll be Oleg-Petrov #2
Plekanek - Play style not entirely unlike Carbonneau's with smoother hands. Not as many intangibles though.
Komisarek - Ruslan Salei
The following players have distinct styles each of their own. I know it's very early
obviously in their careers, however their play can be recognizable to successful players.
Who would you say each player closely compares to, past or present NHLers . . .
A) Higgs -Gagne,Lehtonen,Morrow, a 2 way player who 'gets' how the game should be played.
B) Perez.-- I haven't bought into the Afinogenov comparisons. Maybe Axellson or Arveddson in that he's a tenacious checker with an offensive upside. Not what we want to imagine but right now that's what he does and pretty well. If he becomes more,great.
C) Pleks-- Brylin,Rejean Houle, guy with good skills, a river skater whose hands may not catch up with his feet but is valuable and can play anywhere when needed, though may never put up #'s.
A bit of a stretch, but on his best nights, a bit of Langway. Needs to be a bit more assertive moving forward with the puck. [stole that from Mike 8, but he was right]