Michalek's potential

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    I was wondering what everyone thought was Milan Michalek's offensive potential this year, in 3 years and in his prime. Thanks in advance.
    Who would you compare him to, as far as his overall game??
     
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    If he maxes out his potential (which will likely take 3+ years) he will be like a Jere Lehtinen, IMO. Michalek himself has been quoted saying he would like to play like a Havlat or Sakic.
     
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    Most likely has potential to be a Lehtinen

    If he turns out to be a Havlat or a Sakic, its all good :yo:
     
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    From what I've read he doesn't have the skills to be on that level. Also isn't Havlat more one dimensional?
     
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    Well, that's Michalek's personal quote.

    I wouldn't say he doesn't have the offensive skills. The toolset is there. He's an amazing skater (though no blazing speed), he's got a wickedly fast and accurate shot, his passing is extremely precise (all scouts knew about his playmaking abilities), however a huge knock on him is that he doesn't shoot enough. He needs to work on his offensive awareness; that's a definite. Milan does not have that gifted nose for the net, a la Zherdev.
     
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    I think he is gonna look good fast but he's gonna reach his potential very fast too. Here's my predictions on him:

    Rookie year: 10 goals, 22 assists and 32 points

    3 years from his rookie season: 19 goals, 31 assist and 50 points

    10 years from now: 25 goals, 46 assists and 71 points

    IMO, he'll probably never reach the point-per-game ratio but he'll be a valuable two-way threat.
     
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    95 % of the time a player does not have the puck on his hand. Simply put I think Michalek is the best prospect in the league away from the puck. Thats saying somthing.
     
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    Yeah, I'd say he becomes a solid 70+ point producer who is very good on defence.
     
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    Not really....
    I mean if that was a quote from a coach or something, but how many prospects (other then Sharks prospects) do you watch on a regular basis, (not just counting the small tourney between Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles and Phoenix...)
     
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    Michalek has some real offensive and physical weapons to play with. With his great two way game he does boast a good offensive game that still need tinkering with, what people don't see is that this guy has a lethal shot on him and has the ability when he wants to score goals, but he chooses to pass first instead of take the shot, maybe they can train him in the AHL or NHL to do so. He has great playmaking and vision now and if he can start making better decisions on when to pass and when to shoot he is going to be a very very great offensive player because he has great stickhandling, nice passing, vision, positioning and a good shot he just has to learn to use his shooting more than he is. Also he has a very big and solid body on him that allows him to be very strong on the ice and good along the boards and in corners, but the one thing he lacks is that he doesn't hit, if he learns to hit I think this guy will be one great all around player. At the WJHC Michalek scored a nice goal on Lehtonen by going to the net and getting the rebound, if he always did that as well he would be great.

    Myself I really like Michaleks game and he impressed me at the WJHC this year in Halifax. Still a little raw on the offensive part, but his game is complete with much much upside. If I was predicting for him in the future if everything goes well for him I could see him putting up the type of #'s such as 75 to 80 points a year with about 30 goals maybe more if he really learns when to shoot the puck.
     
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    I say Niklas Sundstrom. I mean really, a 70 point producer who is also an elite two-way player? How many of those are in in the NHL at this point? five or six?
     
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    When they were drafted nobody though that Havlat and Hossa would be good as some other stars. Remember they were late first round pick. Michealek could turn out to be a star.
     
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