Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by BlackIce, Mar 14, 2004.
Who is your top 5 players from the 2004 draft that will make an impact on the NHL next year?
Barker, maybe Ladd. That's 4. I don't know about many others. Maybe that Wojtek Wolski guy. I hear he's pretty good.
Oops, Ovechkin is the correct spelling. Can't believe I misspelled that.
IMO, Malkin isn't ready yet. 5 guys that may be ready right away are Ovechkin, Olesz, Ladd, Tukonen, and Wolski.
What do you think about Barker?
I think another year in juniors will help him immensely.
Sergei Gonchar rings a bell.
But Barker has size doesn't he? I originally heard he was excellent at clearing the crease.
From what i've read, Ladd probably won't ever be an "impact" NHLer.
then why do some project him as a top 10 pick?
he's a year older
I think Ovechkin's the only player that can possibly make an impact next year.
There may also be an older player drafted that might make an impact.
But there's always a possibility of a Patrice Bergeron coming out of the draft.
I doubt it though.
Because hes such a well-rounded and mature player I think. Kind of like Kesler in last years draft....although I think Vancouver made a big mistake drafting him @ 17. They already have a solid checking line. They needed a 2nd line guy to line up next to the sedins, and there were PLENTY left. Oi. Poor nuck fans.
Totally agree. I'm salivating over this guy and praying he falls to one of the Caps later picks. I've been hoping and hoping the bruins go on a huge losing streak so their 1st that we aquired falls closer to the middle of the round.
Some prospects are high picks because they're safe picks.
Meaning that they may never become superstars... but there's a good chance they'll make the NHL and contribute. Other teams try and go big... picking a player that may not be as safe a pick, a project, but has more talent.
Tukonen, imho, is atleast a season away from the NHL. He needs more SM-Liiga games and icetime to be considered ready.
LepistÃ¶ might be ready though..
I've heard that Andre Savard is very high on this guy for MTL.
But, I'm sure lots of teams are
What on earth have you been reading?
Because some people think Ladd will be an impact NHLer.
What is your take on Tukonen? What are his weaknesses and strengths. And what do you reckon his NHL upside is?
Lauri Tukonen is a prospect who could be NHL ready but would be best served to devolope in Finland or in the AHL. He has good size at 6-2 205 pounds. He skates very well, he is good in the corners, very defensivly sound, hustles back, he also has some very good offensive talents. Uses his speed effectivly and has a good shot. His game has really matured this year, from being a speedy sniper, to an all around package. I think Tukonen is a bit underated and could play in the NHL right away.
McKeens has Andrew Ladd btw as there #5 prospect. A bit high IMO. Although I can tell you that if my favroite team has the chance, they'll draft Ladd
If he opts in, A.J. Thelen will be in the top 5 picks. My feeling is that he will go third after Ovechkin and Malkin.
I have Hitmen season tickets. Its tough to visualize WHL'ers in NHL settings, but I'm adamant in the fact that Andrew Ladd's stats this year have as much to do with Ryan Getzlaf as they do with Andrew Ladd.
That being said, Ladd seems to be an ultra-responsible player with good puck distribution skills and an impressive late-game effort level. Like I said, this guy is extremely difficult to project. But think Justin Williams.
Ladd did very well when getzlaf was at the WJC. He'll go from 7-12 and be a very good top line player down the road. That said I don't see him stepping in next year (even if there was a year).
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