Straight into NHL?

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by oilersrule14, Jun 29, 2004.

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  1. oilersrule14

    oilersrule14 Registered User

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    Now that the draft is over, who do you all think from this draft class will go straight into the NHL next year?
     
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    Sleeper: Rob Schremp
     
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    I have no idea at all.

    I know Rutherford has said they will give Ladd a chance at training camp. They haven't said they're pushing him in the lineup but they will take the same stance they took on Staal and see if he can win himself a spot. Considering the Hurricanes suck a metric ton of ass, I'd say he has a chance.

    Columbus like to have their forwards jump early. MacLean says he likes the fact Alex Picard wants to compete now. So they will monitor him carefully.

    The Wild like to get their guys early but I haven't heard if they plan to do this with Thelen.

    Note that none of this is predictions on my part. Just passing information as of now.

    Often, a guy or two will jump that nobody really expected. It's all depending on the player and how he reacts in a current environment. Many variables. I think the 2004 is an interesting crop, perhaps a tad underrated but I don't know it that much. I can't wait to see many of those guys in action. Hopefully many will at least attend training camps and perhaps some exhibition games at least.
     
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    If the Oilers don't get Nedved back, I think Schremp might get an extra look in training camp.
     
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    Radulov may not have the strength to compete full time for Nashville yet, but he sure does have the speed, so it may be a 50/50 proposition after all the fa's we're gonna release tomorrow
     
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    Ovechkin, Barker, Tukonen and Thelen.
     
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    The top three pick: Alexander Ovechkin, Yevgeny Malkin and Cameron Barker.
     
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    Barker will not be playing for the Hawks next season.
    They are expecting Babchuk to make the team, and if there is a 2nd rookie, it would most likely be Seabrook or Barinka (at this point they are both a little more ready). Now, 2 rookies on D is stretching it, but 3 would be idiotic... even for the hawks.
     
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    I think a lot of that had to do with the competition level in camp; a talented young kid has (had?) a pretty good chance of looking as good as an expansion draft veteran if that veteran doesn't show up ready to go in good shape. Thompson's said every year he'd be really surprised to see our young guys make the team. He gets surprised a lot, apparently. This year may be different, since we've shed some of the vets and some of the older prospects are expected to make the team. A kid like Thelen may have a better chance, since he's a defenseman, but I would guess we won't see any 04 picks making the team this year. I'm often wrong, however.
     
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    I think someone posted in the Oiler boards:

    During draft interviews, most prospects at the draft ussualy talk about their future roles on the team that's drafting them. Most of them ussually say that they hope they can make the team in the fall. When it came to Robbie Shremp's interview with Kevin Lowe, he asked what line he was going to play in, in the comming season. hahaha that's pure cockiness and i wouldn't bet against this from happening.
     
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    I think TUkonen will be ready, altohugh I don't know if he is used to the North American ice and palying style, so he may have to start the season off in the AHL
     
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    that is one of the funniest statements I have ever heard :lol: :lol



    Anyways, I would tend to agree with everyone else so far that Ovechkin (obviously) and Tukonen seem to be the most NHL ready.
     
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    Malkin will be playing in the Russian Super League next year.

    He's said he wants to stay there for one year to get stronger and to play more, because last year he saw limited playing time for Magnitogorsk's top club.

    Pen's GM Craig Patrick said he does not expect Malkin to compete for a job next year.
     
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    Besides the obvious high picks, I could see Chipchura or Nokelainen making it, as they sound like they could step right into a checking role. Both of their teams are deep in centers which will make it difficult, but Nokelainen at least can line up at any forward position. I don't know if Chippy can do the same. Not saying it will happen, just that I see it as being possible.
     
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    Outside of the obvious like Ovechkin, Malkin (maybe), Barker and potentially Tukonen I have read a lot of scouts think Chipchura could potentially step in because of his size and two way play, only thing holding him back other than I don't know the last time an 18 year old started the season in Montreal is that he needs some work on his skating.

    Picard wouldn't surprise me either with Columbus pretty much bringing in their 18 year old 1st rounders if they think they are ready.
     
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    Close look on Wojtek Wolski I think he will be on the starting line up for 1st game of the Avs next season ;)
     
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    With all of the talk about first round picks, what about later overagers?
     
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    Roman Kukumberg of the Leafs is an overage player, 24 years old from Slovakia.
     
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    Tukonen might be ready for NHL but I'm 95% sure that he will stay here in Finland for at least a year (maybe two), that's because of his upcoming military service and I THINK he has at least a year of school left. Also he probably will get more ice-time in Finland than in LA/Manchester and more time to practise. So hold your horses... He will arrive someday... and then... HE WILL DESTROY YOU ALL! :banana:
     
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    Mark Streit is an overaged for the Habs, he is 27 and play in Swiss, he's one of the best defensemen out there.
     
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    There's always 1 or 2 guys in the later rounds who come out of nowhere and play in the NHL
     
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    Thelen IMO is far 3 years (at least) from the NHL.
     
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    No way is Lepistö coming there yet. I'm 100% sure of that. He needs to put on a lot of muscle to "break out " in the Finnish league first.
     
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