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Poll: Blues #1 Prosect

View Poll Results: Who is the top Blues prospect?
David Backes 1 4.17%
Konstantin Barulin 0 0%
Shawn Belle 4 16.67%
Trevor Byrne 1 4.17%
Colin Hemingway 1 4.17%
Jay McClement 2 8.33%
John Pohl 0 0%
Peter Sejna 11 45.83%
Alexei Shkotov 1 4.17%
Konstantin Zakharov 3 12.50%
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05-15-2004, 10:04 AM
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Poll: Blues #1 Prospect

We need to generate some more traffic in here so I figured I'd start up a series of polls to determine what we think are the Blues' top prospects.

For the sake of these polls, take the following things into consideration...
- Overall Potential and Current Abilities
- Readiness for the NHL and the likelihood of reaching their overall potential

I'll go ahead and set the list for the first poll, but voters should list who they think should be added to the following poll.

This poll will remain open for two days.

FYI... my vote goes to Peter Sejna. Even though he had a bad year, he still has a load of talent and is the closest out of any of the prospects at making the NHL (with the possible exception of McClement). My vote on who to add goes to Alexandre Bolduc.


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Mod... please fix the spelling of the thread title for me.

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I took Zakharov. I don't think he's ready (yet) but I think he'll be up as soon as '05-06 and will be a real steal from the '03 draft, developing into a sniping winger that can possibly play on the top line.

Sejna...I'm not sure what to think - he could be a 2nd liner, or a bust.

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I voted for Sejna...

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Sejna...I'm not sure what to think - he could be a 2nd liner, or a bust.
That's true of every player on the list...

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i voted for backes because he is my avatar

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i voted for backes because he is my avatar
I almost clicked on Backes -- and gave serious thought to Zakharov, Barulin and Belle -- but in the end, I decided to go with Sejna because I think he's the closest to NHL-ready of the guys listed.

Trevor Byrne might be pretty high on that list, too, in terms of NHL-readiness. I think he'll get at least a cup of coffee with the Blues next season (if there is a next season).

Got my broadband Internet connection fixed today, so I'll be back on the boards more often.

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I chose Belle. I still have a lot of hope for Sejna, but the visions of him being tossed around like a rag doll are still too clear for me to pick him at this time.

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Trevor Byrne might be pretty high on that list, too, in terms of NHL-readiness. I think he'll get at least a cup of coffee with the Blues next season (if there is a next season).
He's a year away....

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I picked zakharov because he has a little size to go with his skill. But very close behind was a tie for me between sejna and barulin. Barulin and Sejna both impressed me in camp last season.

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I didn' get to vote... Been really busy at work.

However, I would have vote for Zakarhov. Unlike 2 of our top 3 forward prospects, he has the size to go w/ his skill. He was dominant in the U 18s and made a smooth transition from C to LW. Hell of a rookie year.

He went into a slump, but pulled out of it in time to make a difference for Montcon in the playoffs.

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Zak dominated the B Pool teams at the U18's, folks. He wasn't playing against the top teams in the tourny. Let's put his performance there in proper perspective.

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Zak dominated the B Pool teams at the U18's, folks. He wasn't playing against the top teams in the tourny. Let's put his performance there in proper perspective.
He also outplayed an early first round pick.

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He also outplayed an early first round pick.
may say more about that pick then it does about Zakharov, though. Hey, I hope he pans out into the nice 2nd line scoring forward he's projected to be, too.

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He (Zakharov) also outplayed an early first round pick.
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May say more about that pick then it does about Zakharov,
though.
Maybe... but then what does it say when the pick in question (Andrei Kastitsyn) is still ranked as a blue-chipper, and a "can't-miss" kind of guy?

The big knocks on Zakhariov last year were that he couldn't play without Kastitsyn, and that he couldn't play without being on his father's club team in Belarus. He put the lie to both of those notions with his excellent performance in the QMJHL this year, and was one of the leaders on a team that went all the way to the league championship.

His dominating performance at the WJC -- even if it was the "B" Pool -- is just icing on the cake.

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Hey, I hope he pans out into the nice 2nd line scoring forward he's projected to be, too.
Well, then, at least we agree on something. We sure don't see eye to eye on the Tkachuk trade proposal...

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No, we definately disagree on the Tkachuk trade proposal. I'm just aching for a Blues prospect to become a top player. We've have more luck in the last couple of years with Jack and Backman, who in short order became my favorite Blue, but we really need that top flight forward or two to develop. Detroit has consistently produced these guys, Dats, Zetterberg, etc. and the Blues need to start doing the same.
Time for Jarmo to start paying off.
Oh and for the record the inclusion of Belle is what stirred my ire so greatly in that trade proposal. Tkachuk for Bonk and Lalime is almost enough, IMO. Why lose Belle?

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No, we definately disagree on the Tkachuk trade proposal. I'm just aching for a Blues prospect to become a top player. We've have more luck in the last couple of years with Jack and Backman, who in short order became my favorite Blue, but we really need that top flight forward or two to develop. Detroit has consistently produced these guys, Dats, Zetterberg, etc. and the Blues need to start doing the same.
Time for Jarmo to start paying off.
Oh and for the record the inclusion of Belle is what stirred my ire so greatly in that trade proposal. Tkachuk for Bonk and Lalime is almost enough, IMO. Why lose Belle?
Last year was Jarmo's first draft. I think we should give him a little more time.

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I'm aware that last year was Jarmo's first draft.

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I'm aware that last year was Jarmo's first draft.
I think it's a little early to say "time for Jarmo to start paying off"

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While I think Sejna will have the more immidate impact, I think Belle's physical skills make it " possible "for him to be the more complete and dominating player in the long run, assuming he fulfils his potential.

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I think it's a little early to say "time for Jarmo to start paying off"
I'm not looking to quibble. I'd point out though, that better drafting by Jarmo last year would have yeilded Patrice Bergeron, who would have already paid dividends as he would have been in the NHL for the Blues instead of us having to wait another 2 years, minimum, for the high-risk first round pick that is Shawn Belle to start paying off...

Again, Jarmo was a great hire by Pleau and I have no anti-Pleau or anti-Blues agenda so please don't get excited. I love this team and organization as much as anyone and I'm not a 'naysayer.'

No desire to have a pissing contest with a fellow Blues fan.

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Good god.. you're kidding me right?

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What would have made any GM pick Bergeron?

The day after the draft talk radio up here was afire with people saying O'C had wasted that pick.

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