'Can't miss' potential

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  1. kremlin

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    Well, the 'bust potential' thread was a heated one. Now, let's look at it from a more positive view. From the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, which players deserve the label 'can't miss prospect', and don't just name some of the obvious candidates from round 1? Make sure to add your arguments, as to why you see that specific player as a can't miss prospect!

    If you don't know anymore who went in the 1st round of 2003, voila: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl2003e.html
     
  2. Legionnaire

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    Well, first we need to establish what is meant by "bust" and "can't miss". Some people would say that a player with a 20 year career that's never top 50 in scoring is a bust.
     
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    BUST = drafted player who never makes it to the NHL as well as a first round prospect who turns out to become a fringe NHL player (i.e. playing mostly in AHL, with an occasional call up to the big leagues). Hence, a player who has a long NHL career, but plays only on 3rd or 4th line, should not be labeled a bust.

    CAN'T MISS = player who will have a long NHL career, regardless of how high he will be on a team's depth chart.

    That's just my 50 cents
     
  4. Legionnaire

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    That's mine as well. Maybe you can explain that to people in the other "bust" thread.

    Okay.

    Staal
    Brown
    Stuart
    are my picks
     
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    Can't miss for me would be:
    Staal
    Zherdev
    Phaneuf
    Stewart
    Carter

    All will have long NHL careers regardless.
     
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    Can't miss:

    Fleury
    Zherdev
    Phaneuf
     
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    Can't miss (especially from a draft position perspective):

    Bergeron
     
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    I think there are 2 can't miss prospects : Bergeron and Zherdev. I'm not sure about the rest of the field.
     
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    I will not talk about the first round...

    For the Habs, Maxim Lapierre seems to be a can't miss prospect. He will be a great grinder on the 3rd or 4th line. Will be good on the PK and will be able to put some puck in the net once in a while. He will be a Steve Gegin kind of player.

    Corey Locke is a can't miss prospect. If he don't play on the top to line because of his size, he will be a PP specialist. I'm sure he will be able to make it to the NHL! This guy have some unreal plamaking skills.

    Also, the habs writer(Montreal) seems to be high on Oskari Korpikari. I see him play once at the 2003 WJC and he was good. He would be a bottom paired defenseman.

    That's our can't miss prospects from 2003...at least, these 3 are close from that status...
     
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    If you read the rest of my post, you will notice that he's a can't miss prospect because he could be able to play on a fourth line and be a PP specialist. This is why I tag him a can't miss prospect.
     
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    I agree on Lapierre and Locke. The former is NHL bound, just might take a while. The latter has too much skill not to make it. Will he make it big, that remains to be seen.
     
  12. Bergeron, Staal, Stuart, Zherdev, Brown, Phaneuf, Suter, and Getzlaf seem to be can't miss prospects to me.
     
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    Parise is as safe a prospect as you can get. If he isn't an offensive center he plays as a shutdown defensive center. The guy is intelligent and gritty enough to play any role for a long time.
     
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    I can't really envision a scenario where Vanek doesn't stick in the NHL, so under this definiton I would say he is "can't miss". He may not live up to his potential, but he'll be an NHL player.
     
  15. Same can be said for Stuart, who can be a premier shutdown defenceman, or a top 5 defenceman if he can't reach his potential.
     
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    the few games i've watched of hamilton this year, locke has looked .. well... inneffective...

    i believe can't miss refers to making the nhl as a contributing player, regardless of draft position.. from nashville...

    i'd say shea weber is good enough to make it in the nhl, and whatever role he reaches (1-6) he'll be effective in that role.
     
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    Corey Locke is about the antithesis of a "can't-miss" player.
     
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    Three prospect are can't miss from one draft class? Wow, why haven't I heard about this before. :help:
     
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    brent burns has gone from a bust forward to a can't miss d-man IMO...
     
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    Can you read my whole sentence? They are the prospects from 2003 who are the closest of the can't miss status.
     
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    Corey Locke, Maxim Lapierre, and Oskari Korpikari are not even remotely close to 'can't miss' status. In fact, I'd say the odds are less than 50/50 that even one of those three guys sticks in the NHL. All three are longshots at this point.
     
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    Yeah they are longshots...If Lapierre and Korpikari make it, it will be on the 3rd or 4th line and as a 5th or 6th D...they will never become stars in the league...
     
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    Then how are the can`t miss prospects?
    :dunno:
     
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    He means in respect to the rest of the 2003 draft class.
     
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