I know the most obvious answer is Fowler but what does Fowler do offensively that Vatanen doesn't? Also, Vatanen has a big shot compared to Fowler's, to me it seems like it's Visnovsky vs. Niedermayer but I think Vatanen has more offensive upside but probably won't be the better overall player.
Vatanen has the big shot, but Fowler already has an NHL level first pass and NHL level smarts, and he'll only get better in those regards. That's what gives him more offensive potential. I do think Vatanen is a lot closer than most will give him credit for, and that's saying something, as Fowler is phenominal in those regards.
Vatanen has the upside, but won't produce that kind of offense we hear about in the NHL. Maybe one day in FNL, but not so much at the American pro level. Fowler has the size, the puckhandling, but not the shot. Strength training can fix that, and Niedermayer had a very underwhelming shot, but always was in the right place at the right time. Most of the time Nieds was below the hash marks on a power play while Getz rotated to the point.
Maybe one day in FNL, but not so much at the American pro level. Fowler has the size, the puckhandling, but not the shot.
I had the understanding that Vatanen almost did it already in FNL. And isn't AHL also American pro level? Vatanen most propably would make it closer to a point per game in AHL already next year. Many European leagues are on quite high level even when that's maybe not the common known fact over the Atlantic, and Finland has one of the best leagues.
Fowler has the moves and maybe he has a better record on WJC (which actually might not be true), but fowler has played less games against men. Vatanen has already proved himself.
Even when I have said this, I'll go and say Fowler, not because he has a bigger upside, but because theres more of possibility he will reach the full potential in NHL.