Who Is The Most Underestimated Prospect ?

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  1. BrooklynCanuck

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    Not me, I was happy!!!

    And apparently Crow has quite a hard-on for Kesler.

    Don't go lumping all us Nuckleheads together!
     
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    Kesler is adjusting very nicely to the pro game and I think he'll be a fine player. As the youngest player in the AHL he's put up some good numbers, and he's looked sharp in the NHL during his stint so far.
     
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    I Think Alex Buturlin (mtl 2rnd Choice #39 Overall 1999 Draft) Could Surprise Many People In Some Years.
     
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    A lot were disappointed because O'Sullivan and Fritsche were available and most people thought their potential outclassed Kesler's. They saw Kesler as a quality third liner with little upside, another "safety pick". Understandably people had flashbacks of Nathan Smith.

    I saw him play in college and I had no such fears. The kid doesn't handle like Datsyuk or skate like Bure, but he can certainly create offense. On my board only Fritsche was ranked above Kesler when the Canuck's selected, I can't say the same for a number of other picks we've made.
     
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    I'll have to go against the grain with my fellow Canuck fans, and say the most underestimated Canuck prospect is young Russian winger Ilia Krikunov. He's had an impressive rookie year in the RSL so far, collecting 13 points in 22 games( 6g, 7a) in 3rd line ice time. I'm excited to see him play at the upcoming WJC, he should be a key player for Russian, especially if he plays on a line with Ovechkin.
     
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    Welch's upside is a #1 all-star calibre dman. I don't know how much more upside you can have, short of being the next Bobby Orr, or something.

    Also, I'd say that Welch is more of a sure-thing at this point, and perhaps the best defensive prospect in the league (considering, of course, Pitkanen, Bouwmeester, etc., are already in the NHL).

    Nothing is for sure, but right now Welch looks as good a defensive prospect as anyone.
     
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    And thanks to you, Welch also wins the title of the most over-hyped prospect. Best defensive prospect in the entire league ? YIKES
     
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    From the Leafs... Jarkko Immonen.

    He's one of the top players in Finland... having a great season.
     
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    I think Welch could certainly make a case for being the best blueline prospect in the NCAA.
     
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    The best or the most underrated?
     
  11. Josh Harding is vastly underrated compared to his contempories. Up until this year no one heard of how good he was. Now he is starting to get some recognition but mainly from guys that watch the WHL.
     
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    He's quickly getting overrated by Pens fans but his name is unknown throughout the league, mostly because of him not going pro until he graduates. Welch could have made the Penguins out of camp last year.
     
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    I'd think that either Zach Parise or Thomas Vanek are the best players in the NCAA.
     
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    Yeah, I edited to say defensemen.
     
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    Couple of homer picks here, since thats basically what this thread has become; for the Stars, Jussi Jokinen. He's only 20 and is one of, if not the top prospect in Finland right now. Also, I dont know if we count prospects in the NHL right now...but if so, then anotherm homer pick to Trevor Daley. All I can say about him is he can flat out fly.
     
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    One other note. Kesler was drafted at almost the exact spot projected by The Hockey news and a few other pre-draft publications. Shy.
     
  17. I'm going with a homer pick and saying Corey Perry of the ducks...this guy is leading the OHL in scoring,has won player of the month and is leading one of the best teams in scoring which does account for something, there have been things written that he's soft and he may be but the kid has a nose for the net and he really gets no credit from anyone unless you see him.

    I also think guys like Schremp have been underrated as well as Cory locke.
     
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    Loui Eriksson, Frölunda (drafted by Dallas, 2nd round 2003).

    I knew he was pretty good, but not this good. Great potential.
     
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    I agree with you on this one.
     
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    I disagree - I think you overrate him.

    But that's fine - we can agree to disagree.
     
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    Patrick o'sullivan for sure
     
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    There is no way you can include Beaudoin in your list especially if you've seen him play. I am a loyal panthers fan and definately don't think so. Although he's scoring goals in the A now, he is only a potential 3/4th line player. He is not very fast and does not have any major offensive tools. By hockeys future rating scale, I'd give him a 5.5/ 6
     
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    Please stop, you're giving Pens fans a bad name. ;)
     
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  25. Exactly why he's underestimated :)
    Drafted by the Pens in 2001, and is playing for Harvard University right now.
    And I wouldn't say he's a potential #1 all-star D-man, but certainly has the potential to be in the top pairing in a Defensively deep future Pittsburgh team (Welch, Whitney, Orpik, Bissonnette, Lupaschuk, Melichar, Roszival, Tarnstrom, etc.)
     
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