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05-25-2004, 11:32 PM
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I just like Erickson okay? We need to at least retain MORE THAN HALF of our draft picks okay?
Oh all right. I guess it's ok every now and then.

But I'm still not a fan of signing guys before you need to, especially when it's looking like this CBA issue is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

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Oh all right. I guess it's ok every now and then.

But I'm still not a fan of signing guys before you need to, especially when it's looking like this CBA issue is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
We have money to spare, seriously. Erickson is going to get 3rd round money, maybe even a little less than that. But he has good size and looks like he can score some (we'll have to see). Gives us a little more options on the right wing.

 
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Erickson shouldn't be offered close to 3rd round money, if he is to be offered a contract at all.

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I'd have to agree on not trying to sign Erickson. What has he done to justify a signing? Position be damned! He's played sparingly against people of his age group in the last 2 years or so.

Id' have to agree also that we won't be losing his draft rights. He was drafted out of college and he remains a college player now. He just took a litttle while to get where he is today.

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05-26-2004, 09:49 PM
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I bet Chris Heid will have no future with the wild either...noting he was a healthy scratch in the last game of the year. (he was getting ice cream with Kerry Kittles)

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I'd have to agree on not trying to sign Erickson. What has he done to justify a signing? Position be damned! He's played sparingly against people of his age group in the last 2 years or so.

Id' have to agree also that we won't be losing his draft rights. He was drafted out of college and he remains a college player now. He just took a litttle while to get where he is today.

playing sparingly? Didn't he lead the USHL in goals? I don't know, but I know he was among the leaders. I tend to agree with TSK on this one, why take a kid in the third round if you don't at least give him a shot? A guy with that size who can score (lets not forget that he was rated the #1 recruit in the nation the year he started with the Gophers) is a tough prospect to find. Seems like a tremendous waste if we just let him go without anything...trade his rights or something, but don't just not sign him.

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Erickson's been the old guy on his team for the past two seasons I think.. the past one, for sure. I think that's what DW meant with the sparingly comment. He's been playing against guys younger than he is. That injury really hit him at a crucial time and messed up his progression, in my opinion. If he hadn't have gotten hurt and lost his spot on the gophs, he'd probably be in a much different situation.

I really think we've got his rights for at least another season without having to sign him, but I could be wrong.

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05-27-2004, 04:27 PM
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playing sparingly?
Read the whole post and it says with players of his own age. Which means he physically overpowers the younger players he's going against. Not that he won't be a good player, (I don't personally think he will) but he's shown nothing to deserve being signed. Zero, zilch, notta, etc.

What's the rush to sign him? Let's see how he does in college first. He was a bust here in MN so lets see what happens this season. There has been more then one bust that was a highly lauded recruit.

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Read the whole post and it says with players of his own age. Which means he physically overpowers the younger players he's going against. Not that he won't be a good player, (I don't personally think he will) but he's shown nothing to deserve being signed. Zero, zilch, notta, etc.

What's the rush to sign him? Let's see how he does in college first. He was a bust here in MN so lets see what happens this season. There has been more then one bust that was a highly lauded recruit.
I guess I don't see the 'shown nothing to deserve being signed' comment. I am not expecting him to be Gaborik, and I would doubt he will ever see the Wild as an impact player, but he at least is worth a try. I think that is what TSK is meaning, correct me if I am wrong. If we indeed do have his rights longer than by all means wait, but if not we should at least do something with him.

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05-27-2004, 06:19 PM
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Yep, why not try to sign some of them and see where they pan out? I mean look at where Brad Richards was taken, not saying Erickson is going to be Brad Richards but hey! Sometimes you get lucky.

 
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Every prospect could turn out to be something, so we might as well sign every one of our prospects.

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Not really look at Eckerblom and Tyulyapkin...

 
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Yep, why not try to sign some of them and see where they pan out? I mean look at where Brad Richards was taken, not saying Erickson is going to be Brad Richards but hey! Sometimes you get lucky.
That's like discovering plutonium by accident!

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Every prospect could turn out to be something, so we might as well sign every one of our prospects.

I don't pretend to be a rocket scientist...but isn't that why we draft them?

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Yea, but that doesn't mean you have to sign every one of them just because they were picked. The reason here for signing Erickson is because hes labeled a right wing and was a third round reach. Yea, he did good in the USHL, but as an overager. He had bad luck and broke his leg with the gophers and lost his developement, and that is a sad story. But it doesn't mean we give him a sympathy contract.

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Not really look at Eckerblom and Tyulyapkin...

Look at Erickson too....nothing special as of yet. Plus, I haven't seen Eckerblom but I wouldn't be surprised to seem him do well in the USHL, as did Erickson.

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05-28-2004, 03:29 AM
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Actually Eckerblom is having a hard time with the uh...well I think the SEL.

 
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Thats why I said Eckerblom could probably do fine in the USHL because the SEL is a much more difficult league.

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True but Eckerblom isn't a scorer.

 
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True but Eckerblom isn't a scorer.
He isn't a scorer in the SEL playing in a league with older men. I believe he actually did pretty well in the next lowest division. Kind of like how Erickson has done.

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I guess so...but he has a ton of PIMs too...Gritty I guess

 
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Eckerblom was good enough to play for Sweden in the WJC last year, so he must have something - it's awful hard to form a valid opinion of a player based on stats and hearsay.

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Eckerblom was good enough to play for Sweden in the WJC last year, so he must have something - it's awful hard to form a valid opinion of a player based on stats and hearsay.

I agree, let's let the guy get into the country before we start condeming him...Eckerblom that is.

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Tyulyapkin was also on the WJC but that team sucked...

Ecker might not ever come over.

 
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