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06-25-2009, 03:00 PM
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11 guys could step right in....

At the media luncheon this afternoon I asked EJ McGuire about how 11 players from last year's draft saw some time in the NHL this season...I asked him if this years numbers would be fewer and he basically said no and figures that the same number or more could step in this year...totally caught me off guard...you can listen to the interview in the thread at the top of the page....but I'm wondering who all would be ready....

I'm guessing...

JT
Hedman
Duchene
Kane
MPS
Kulikov
Schenn ? (Maybe) I think a year and Mem Cup in Brandon would be nice
Schroeder? McGuire said that he could handle it now, because he's quick and fast...

Who else could be in the mix?

He does contribute it to the Salary Cap

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06-25-2009, 03:09 PM
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Good list, I dunno if Duchene or MSP are physically mature enough yet though. I'd say the same about Evander Kane, but that kid is impossible to count out. Also I feel like Schroeder is pretty committed to Minn for at least another season.

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I think it was Stu Macgregor on the pipeline show, but I believe he thought around 6-7 players or so could make it.

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i really thing summer development has a huge factor to play with this. I really look forward to seeing how these guys do at training camp before making a prediction.

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I think it also depends on what team drafts them...

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I think it also depends on what team drafts them...
This is true. Maloney has been adamant the Phoenix's first rounder will not play in the NHL this season. And, it is highly likely that any player they pick will be part of the group of 11 that McGuire believes can step right in.

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If the Ducks take David Rundblad I wouldn't be shocked to see him step in right away.

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If the Ducks take David Rundblad I wouldn't be shocked to see him step in right away.
I would, and I've seen Rundblad. Skelleftea is the neighbour city of Pitea where I live.

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I would say the only NHL ready players are:

Tavares, Hedman, Duchene, Schenn, Cowen (a few games), Kulikov and a suprise player, maybe Chris Kreider.

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I think it was Stu Macgregor on The Pipeline Show, but I believe he thought around 6-7 players or so could make it.
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If the Ducks take David Rundblad I wouldn't be shocked to see him step in right away.
Rundblad is not ready for the NHL. In 1-2 years he'll be Top 1-2 defenceman in SAIK and go to guy on the PP, after that he's all yours.

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11 would surprise me. I don't see Kreider being ready considering he has committed to BC for 2010 and is going to finish HS.

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Rundblad is not ready for the NHL. In 1-2 years he'll be Top 1-2 defenceman in SAIK and go to guy on the PP, after that he's all yours.
Really? From what I've read the kid looks ready, but I'll take you guys' word for it since your from Sweden.

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i bet whoever the leafs select will be in the league next year

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the guys from tsn said the only 2 prospects that are nhl ready are tavares and hedman, if someone else makes it, id put my money on kulikov. Everyone else imo, is just being rushed plain and simple. Of course this excludes the 9 game tryout at the beginning of the season where many will play.

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Question: If the Islanders end up going with Duchene, would they almost be obligated to bring him straight to the NHL even if a decent amount of scouts don't feel he's NHL ready? I just think it could end up looking really bad if he ends up being the pick and plays another year in the OHL while Tavares and Hedman are having very solid rookie seasons.

Not saying they should base their decision on what Tavares and Hedman do, but there would definately be some fan backlash if this happens. Although if MD ends up being a better player for it, and the NYI in turn get another top-5 pick out of it, it might be for the best.

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Kulikov is among the most NHL ready prospects in the draft.


Hedman, Tavares, then Kulikov are the most NHL ready imo. I think Kane/Schenn could use another year. I don't know enough about MSP to make an informed call on him.

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I'm sure a Zack Kassian could handle a regular fourth line shift in the NHL right now. I also think Schroeder could stick with a team for a while. Hedman and Tavares are not just NHL ready they are ready to be impact players IMO and I think thats what the TSN guys are getting at. Plenty of guys could make their teams on a 3rd or 4th line but not be good enough for that team to keep them around. It would be better for them to develop in junior leagues (Kane, Schenn, Kulikov etc.). If a team wanted just a PP specialist, I'm possitive Ryan Ellis could help immediately. It might be worth the roster spot.

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06-26-2009, 12:55 AM
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Hedman
Tavares
Kulikov

are absolutely 3 guys that will play in the NHL next year, they are all beyond ready.

Ellis could be eased in on the PP with limited minutes and I could see Cowen coming up late in the year after he shakes off the rust and comes back strong. If Kane puts on some serious bulk this summer I could also see him on Atlanta's roster sometime during the year.

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06-26-2009, 01:19 AM
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It would be better for them to develop in junior leagues (Kane, Schenn, Kulikov etc.).
Probably the most ready guy in the draft. Phoenix takes this guy, they make the playoffs.

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I work with Ryan Ellis's father, and he told me that according to his agent 8 teams want him in the lineup next year. Whether one of those 8 teams gets to draft him or not is another story.

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Probably the most ready guy in the draft. Phoenix takes this guy, they make the playoffs.
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I'm sure that beside Taveres, Hedmen, Schenn and Kulikov and Duchene, we will surely see Kassian with regular shifts in a bottom line role.

I'm not sure about Kane and the others but it might be possible that a few teams will throw out this years first rounders into the cold water because this years draft looks like a strong draft year.

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Aside from the usual suspects it is really, really dependent on the team that drafts them.

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Good list, I'd add Kreider and maybe take away Schroeder though

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