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....
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.