Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by blinkman360, Jul 28, 2006.
who will have the better career?
im going to go out on a limb and say Backstrom
Backstrom by a country mile.
My god this isin't fair for Nilson, not just as individuals but as who they will be playing with... Backstrom will be Ovechkin's center for the next 15 years...
I've never really seen Backstrom play, but I thought I remember someone posting that Nilsson's numbers in Sweden were better than Backstrom's at the same age. But, I'm sure Backstrom was drafted 4 for a reason.
Statwise it depends what age you're looking at, see below for the stats.
League Year GP Pts
at age 16
J18 Allsvenskan 03/04 6 14
J20 Superelit (SWE) 03/04 21 8
J18 Allsvenskan 00/01 4 9
J20 Superelit (SWE) 00/01 18 36
WJC18 01 6 2
at age 17
J20 Superelit (SWE) 04/05 29 34
Elitserien 04/05 19 0
WJC18 05 7 5
J20 Superelit (SWE) 01/02 21 31
Allsvenskan South 01/02 14 5
WJC18 02 8 5
at age 18
J20 Superelit (SWE) 05/06 1 0
Elitserien 05/06 46 26
Elitserien 02/03 41 21
WJC 03 6 6
At 16 Nilsson had the better stats, 17 is very comparable, though I'd give Nilsson a slight edge due to a better pace in the J20 league and he put up some points in the adult league, though it's hard to compare Elitserian to Allsvenskan. Then at 18, the points are again fairly comparable, but I'd give Backstrom the edge there.
Though, this is not to say that I think Nilsson will be better. If Backstrom continues to progress as he has, he will likely be the better player, and either way while they have similar offensive numbers, Backstrom's all around game is superior, so I suspect he will be the better player. But I didn't want you to look like you had no basis for comparing the two
Before even scrolling down I have the feeling our dear Nilsson will be eaten alive. The Backstrom hype is at its highest with the guy just getting drafted, biases ensue. I've seen some video of Backstrom and he looks pretty darn slick, he's also looks bigger on the puck than Nilsson, so I give him the nod there, Nilsson really needs to strengthen up. At first glance Backstrom, but it was only at first glance. We'll revisit this in 4-5 years...
Backstrom may have AO...but Nilsson has Yashin!
But seriously, from what I've seen of Nilsson (granted on TV) he does look pretty damn slick in the offensive zone. Defensive...? Not horrible but not great.
He has some amazing vision on the ice though.
True, and I honestly wonder how much the people voting in here have seen of either.
who knows and who cares...
well its a hockey prospects forum...
yeah but some questions/topics here are just too out there. I can understand asking who is a better player or a better goal scorer, but who will have a better career?
what a very constructive post to add to this discussion
Caps homer in me says Backstrom, having seen neither to much extent. I saw one CSB vid of backstrom, and one full game of islanders versus the caps. Hey at least I'm being honest here.
these bords are run by nazis