"Of course giving Sather cap space is like giving teenagers whiskey and car keys." - SBOB "Watching Sather build a team is like watching a blind man with no fingers trying to put together an elaborate puzzle." - Shadowtron
"Used to be only Twinkies and cockroaches could survive a nuke. I'd add Habs to that. I'm convinced the CH stands for Club du Hypocrisy." - Gee Wally
Looks like the best group we've ever had. I went with Anisimov. He's the closest forward to making it. Grachev, Kreider and maybe even Stepan might all have higher upside though. 4 potential top 6 forwards right there. Anisimov still--is just about a slam dunk for this year. Have to go with him.
Sorting out the D is going to be very interesting as well. Hard to get a read on a guy like Heikkinen. I'm wondering if he's going to be down the list but going to come out of training camp as a real deal.
Anyway I prefer to add Gilroy over Stepan because I think Gilroy is going to be regular this year and do pretty well and Stepan is still at least 1 but possibly 3 seasons away.
It wasn't his rookie season, he's already played two seasons in AHL. I know what you mean but still I voted for Grachev. He's future 1st liner, maybe even all-star player.
What is this based on? 80 points in 60 games isn't that spectacular for a 19 year old. If he got that many points 2 years ago, then I'd have agreed with you. Even if he did it in his pre-draft year, I could see a potential argument for it. But in the post-draft year, future stars must get 100 points+.
Do you remember our old prospect Bob Maudie? He had 101 points as a 19 year old and never went anywhere, being unable to establish himself even in the AHL.
His linemate was Hnat Dominechelli who had 148 points (12 points than his linemate Jerome Iginla), but also became a minor leaguer.
I get that stats aren't everything, but elite talent should be able to get 100 points in juniors as a 19 year old.
he has the potential to be our most dangerous player and Anisimov has played two pro seasons, which if I'm wrong, doesn't really make him a prospect anymore...just a player ready to fulfill his NHL potential