Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by rt, Jun 5, 2006.
Which prospects have the highest "floor"? Toews? Little?
I'd say Erik Johnson. I think he is going to be a half of the top pairing - as guaranteed as it gets (whether defensive oriented or two-way or scoring machine remains to be seen).
Backstrom maybe... another incarnation of Forsberg?
Brassard and Maxwell?
I think based on the skills that these prospects possess we can say Johnson, or Toews etc...but utlimately its where they get drafted to, that could have the most to do with their upside or ceiling not floor. For example after Johnson, who is the consensus 1st overall, the next 5 players could all be centers. In my opinion whoever Washington drafts, with the intention of centering Ovechkin really raises that players ceiling in the league. Look at Colby Armstrong in Pittsburgh. He has been in the Pens system for years, and coincidentally, he sticks in the NHL when he is put alongside Crosby.
At this time we don't know for sure who will end where, so if I am forming a list of the prospects who could develop into great NHLers, I say...
Johnson. Too agile and gifted allready to fail. Top three d man if he out right fails. Ahead of the curve for big d men.
Staal. Has the size and if he has any kind of work ethic he can learn from a great player allready. Also ahead of the curve for his age. Worst case a great third liner or solid second guy.
Toews. Great vision and intellegence. Will make others around him better. Again great third guy or soild 2nd guy.
Okposo. Who could not use a bull on skates. If nothing else he will be the most mentioned 4th liner in the NHL.
Backstrom. Do not know much about him. But the only thing i hear holding him back or might is how he translates to north american hockey.
Those four seem to have the top floors. In no real order.