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08-10-2010, 11:40 AM
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Prospect-NHL'er Comparisons

This was on the main NHL page, but thought this would be fun for the Wild fans.

Try and compare the style of play (maybe not potential) of prospects to current NHL'ers...

Here's my best guesses:

Mikael Granlund ~ Saku Koivu

Obviously there were a ton of comparisons before the draft...he just seems to play a similar way. Undersized but goes to the dirty areas, works hard, has a ton of skill.

Marco Scandella ~ Brent Seabrook

Scandella seems like a complimentary player to me, probably won't be the best guy on his pairing but can be a very good defensive guy who plays physical and has some offensive ability. Hopefully if Burns matures and proves he can be a long-term #1 guy Scandella can be a good pairing.

Tyler Cuma ~ Kim Johnsson

A lot of people compare Cuma to Schultz but I think Cuma is a much better skater and has better puck skills. He seems like a cerebral defensive type defenseman, a lot like Johnsson. Either way, maybe he's a good #4 pairing guy to play with Zidlicky down the road.

Casey Wellman ~ Phil Kessel

Lots of similarities, IMO...great speed, great shot, undersized, American born, played in US college. I really do think if we put Wellman at wing he can be a similar type player.

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I honestly think Granlund is going to grow more and is going to be bigger than saku. Id say hes going be anwhere from 5"9-6"1 when hes older.

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I like the Granlund to Saku comparison as well as the Cuma to Johnsson one but see Wellman as more of a Dustin Penner-type player than Phil Kessel.

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Come on kids, I'm talking to myself here...let's get some participation.

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Come on kids, I'm talking to myself here...let's get some participation.
Well now you know how I feel.

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I don't get to see a lot of our prospects play, but if Cuma can move the puck anywhere close to as well as Johnsson we are in good shape.

A grittier Johnsson who plays with an edge, like Cuma does, I'll take on my team any day.

Here's a couple more:

Brett Bulmer ~ Peter Forsberg, Cody Almond~Mario Lemeuix, Casey Wellman~Wayne Gretzky, Maxim Noreau~Bobby Orr

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I haven't seen enough of them to make a comparison. I've seen Scandella maybe 12 times, Cuma 4 and Granlund 2 times. I would agree with the Kessel comparison for Wellman, though. Quick forward with a great shot. Although Wellman was more aggressive than Kessel is...

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It was pointed out that they are only 2 weeks apart in age, and Kessel has put up 30+ goals twice in the NHL at this point, so hoping for Wellman to pan out that nicely would be quite a long shot.

But I think he can be a 25 goal scorer on a top six wing spot. Maybe we put Wellman with Bouchard and Koivu later this year or next year? And tell him to just shoot the puck the second it touches the blade?

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Casey Wellman ~ Phil Kessel

Lots of similarities, IMO...great speed, great shot, undersized, American born, played in US college. I really do think if we put Wellman at wing he can be a similar type player.
I see him as a Peter Senja or a Junior Lessard that can stick for a few years.

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It was pointed out that they are only 2 weeks apart in age, and Kessel has put up 30+ goals twice in the NHL at this point, so hoping for Wellman to pan out that nicely would be quite a long shot.

But I think he can be a 25 goal scorer on a top six wing spot. Maybe we put Wellman with Bouchard and Koivu later this year or next year? And tell him to just shoot the puck the second it touches the blade?
I meant it more as a style comparison, not as someone he will become. I know you meant the same. I just want to state it again so no one thinks I am saying Wellman will be a Kessel.

His explosive skating and shot are what reminds me of Kessel. Whether or not he will become a top 6 forward is another question.

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Petr Kalus - Peter Bartos. The similarities are striking!

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I know we don't have him anymore, but Eero Elo -> Taro Tsujimoto.

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brett bulmer ~ Alex Burrows

shows a little promise in the offensive department, but he'll first earn a place by being an absolute dick on the ice.

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