Best group of D prospects

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  1. Squeaky

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    I know this is a fairly trite concept for a thread, but this is the off-season, what else am I supposed to do? Don't say go outside, that's just crazy. So which team boasts the best group of Ds? Let's stick with the HF prospect criteria since we are on HFBoards after all.

    I'll come right out and admit it: I'm doing this because I think that unlike in past years, the Habs actually stack up pretty well comparatively to the rest of the league, and I want to pimp my favourite team. Here's what we've got right now:

    McDonagh
    Fischer
    Emelin
    Valentenko
    O'Byrne
    Carle
    PK Subban

    and a number of other guys with lesser potential, I used a 7.0 rating at HF as my cut-off. I like the mix of defensive and offensive types, and the size and mobility of the group. Probably not the best group, but it's got to be up there.

    So, who can do better? Which team has the best group overall?
     
  2. The Fuhr*

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    Brian Lee - Tomas Kudelka
    Vitaly Anikeyenko - Kirill Lyamin
    Michal Barinka - Eric Gryba

    Not the most deepest of defense cores when it comes to prospects but we do have 21 year old Andrej Meszaros too on the team and he has played two NHL seasons already.

    It would be nice though if the Sens were able to find another potential top pairing defenseman in the future. That would be awesome.
     
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    The Canucks have a strong core of defensive prospects:

    Kirill Koltsov: has #1 potential if he comes over, but re-signing in Russia essentially eliminates his chances of making the jump to the NHL.

    Luc Bourdon: has all the tool you want in a defenseman. Strong, tough, fast, and competetive. Doesn't have the best hockey sense, but still has a great chance of becoming a top-pairing defenseman,

    Alex Edler: a safe bet to be a shoe-in top-pairing defenseman. Really came into his own last year. Was the #1 on the Moose, and played extremely well with the Canucks. This guy is a stud.

    Daniel Rahimi: BIG-TIME hitter. Pierre Mccquire has a crush on him. Is a great shutdown defender who only really needs to work on his skating to make the next step to the big club. Future shut down d-man.

    Taylor Ellington: I personally hated this pick, but by all means, people are saying he is a good shutdown d-man. Could be paired with Rahimi in the future to shut down team's top lines.
     
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    The yotes arent fairing too bad for a change:

    Matt Jones
    Keith Yandle
    Nick Ross
    Chris Summers
    Logan Stephenson
    Brendan Bell
    Maxim Goncharov

    Jones and Yandle should be vying for full time spots next season.
     
  5. Langway

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    The Caps have pretty good depth...

    Karl Alzner
    Sami Lepisto
    Patrick McNeil
    Joe Finley
    Sasha Pokulok
    Teddy Ruth
    Josh Godfrey
    Viktor Dovgan
    Keith Seabrook
    Oscar Hedman
    Jamie Hunt
    Sean Collins

    All except Seabrook are at their development camp.
     
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    Toronto:

    Stralman-Vorobiev
    Kronvall-Harrison
    Oreskovich-Holzer
    Gunnarson-Mikus

    Pretty solid after Stralman.....
     
  7. BadBruins

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    Boston:

    Matt Lashoff
    Mark Stuart
    Yuri Alexandrov
    Tommy Cross
    Jonathan Sigalet
    Adamn Mcquaid
    Andrew Bodnarchuk
    Matt Hunwick
    Dennis Ruel
    Radim Ostricil
    Alain Goulet
     
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    I was going to say Toronto if you were willing to include Colaiacovo and White.

    I'm intrigued by Mikus, but I think just about every team (when excluding Colaiacovo and White) has guys like ours.
     
  9. Backstrom #19

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    Dang, you beat me to it.

    The caps do have a really deep defensive propects.
     
  10. Rise from the Ashes

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    Previously was Nashville and they are still very strong.
     
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    Just the top guys for the rangers...

    Fedor Tuytin
    Marc Staal
    Daniel Girardi
    Bobby Sanguinetti
    Ivan Baranka
    Michael Sauer

    I think all of these guys have very good potential to be 2-3 guys. With Staal being the only possible #1 and maybe Sanguinetti being a #1B. Still could be an awesome group of 6 in 2 years... The average age of the group would be just over 23.
     
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    Your list looks longs but not even half will play a game in the NHL.
     
  13. Live in the Now

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    I rate them upon a few things. In order...the organization's record of developing real (meaning always in the show) NHL players, overall talent, top end talent, and how they will fit in with the organizational philosophy and the talent currently with the big club. The Canucks are in the best position because they have the most overall talent, and the fact that they will be able to bring these players along at their own pace and ease them into the lineup at the right stages of their development. They don't have to rush. Certain teams will expect them to have a bigger impact right away. I think that tends to hurt a player.

    Just my .02.

    Nashville, Montreal, LA and San Jose come next. I count Vlasic, btw.

    I forgot my own team. Shame on me.
     
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    I see...

    Anything else you care to share from your travels into the future?

    Anyway, using the 7.0 criteria from the OP I'd include the following...

    Alzner
    Lepisto
    McNeil
    Finley
    Ruth
    Godfrey
    Seabrook
     
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    yep..nucks and rangers have the best id say, nucks are deepest in the number of D that will probably make an impact in the NHL
     
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    i really like alexandrov...he would have been a mid first rounder last year if not for teh russian agreement situation IMO. if he comes over i think he will be a solid all around Dman
     
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    I'd list the Wild but then I would have to puke in a bucket...
     
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    Shultz too since he is still a HF "prospect". Since everyone is throwing around young Dmen that have graduated we can mention Green as well. ;)

    Such as sick group.
     
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    Lepisto is very talented defenceman and I think he will play in big role in future.
     
  20. Bam Beet*

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    I think you're overrating Edler and Koltsov. Neither of them will be a number 1 defenceman IMO. Edler is definately not a "shoe in top pairing defenceman". He's being severely overrated by Canuck fans. He's got top 4 potential. Koltsov IF he comes over which seems highly unlikely at this point, is a number 3 or 4 dman and a PP specialist.
     
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    I don't know if guys like Barker and Richmond still count but if they do then Chicago still has a decent pool of defensive prospects.

    These four have legitimate shots at being good NHL D-men and the first 3 have already played some NHL games.
    Barker - top pairing potential
    Richmond - bottom pairing d-man
    Byfuglien - 2nd pairing potential
    Hjalmarsson - 2nd pairing potential

    These five are going to need to work hard to reach the NHL.
    Danis-Pepin
    Shutron
    Sawyer
    Joe Lavin
    Jordan Hendry

    Add those to Seabrook, Keith and Wisniewski who are already in Chicago and you have a pretty solid defence in a few years.
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2007
  22. Yup, thats pretty solid. They'll need them to be good considering the divisional rivals..
     
  23. JussiM

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    Maybe a better question would be who doesn't have a good group of D prospects...
     
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    Thrashers have a nice crop:

    Popovic
    Enstrom
    Oystrick
    Valabik
    Lewis
    Denny
     
  25. Pax Macioretty

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    awesome list, i don't think i would trade it for any list mentioned, from shut-down defensmen to puck movers to n.1 potnetial defensmen, there's nothing missing, and all of them have amaizing speed
     

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