Going forward, I think Sproul and Ouellet have a chance to prove themselves to be real studs this coming season. Both had fantastic years in junior and likely will spend next year in jr where they'll be expected to take another step. Quine and Tvrdon may be in GR next season where they'll have a shot to prove they can score at the professional level. Quine will be exciting for his retarded skating ability alone, although he's a former 2nd overall OHL draft choice I doubt he'll be anything too amazing offensively next year. Having his skating skill is still nice. Tvrdon excites me because he's a big guy who can still get bigger and he has legitimate top-6 offensive talent. I hope he makes a smooth transition to the AHL and stays healthy.
Sproul and Ouellet are as close as stud dman in the making as you can find outside of the top 10 picks in the draft. Both have size and put up great offensive numbers. I'd bet both of these guys will crack the top 6 within the next 4-5 years.
To think that Jarnkrok and Jurco don't belong in the same sentence as pulks and tatar is crazy. Jarnkrok is for sure considered more of a sure thing than pulks and Jurco already has the size and skill to play in the nhl but needs time to develop properly into a top 6 player. Sheahan is iffy for me. Not sure if he will develop into a top 6 player just because he doesn't have the scoring touch i'd expect at the collegiate level (not enough games in AHL yet to see).
To be fair, we're pretty short on sexy assets. I mean, there's Flip...and there's Franzen and his ridiculous contract...so, basically, there's Flip....
Like you said - picks and middle-of-the-road prospects. mehhhh
to be fair we have some very sexy prospects however. Look at Jurco tearing it up and oulette just to name 2. of course there are many more like jarnkrok, pulks, sproul etc. These players would hold lots of value to many teams. Its just that we know holland will never trade them. I mean he'd trade like ferraro, andersson, emmerton but these are all fringe guys. if he isn't willing to trade roster players or top prospects then we are screwed as far as acquiring nhl proven talent outside of ufas.
this isn't a knee jerk reaction, I've said it for a while: we need to do some serious rebuilding and soon. we need to get younger and bigger. This starts with giving youngsters a chance, we already have a full cupboard of prospects its time to promote and trade some to make this team a contender. franzen and or fil can be traded this offseason imo, if it means we get a legitimate goal scorer all year round. Nash would be an option if we can't grab Parise. Simply we can't make it out of the first round. We need size and scoring. Smith and Nyquist need to be up full time next season and we need to sign a few more guys to grand rapids. Then seriously consider a blockbuster move.
I think this gives the best possible spread with Helm out. Here's why:
-Loading up on the first line completely occupies the Weber/Suter pairing, and by throwing Holmstrom in there you KNOW one of them is tied up out front of the net and screening Rinne even more.
-The second line has all kinds of skill and can score-Franzen and Nyquist have shown that they work well and that line will be hard to match.
-The third line gives you some grit and skill - Hudler can be effective down here on the third line as he will have more time and space and he's with two big bodied guys - this line depends on Hudler elevating his game and being the go to guy with the puck.
-The fourth line is pretty solid considering Cleary played like a man possessed last night and looked great. This line gives you a good grinding line that will be responsible with the puck. Its not anchored anymore by Holmstrom and can crash and bang as needed.
A lot of people are saying that it makes sense to have Franzen or Fil play 3rd line center, but I think this gives you the most bang for your buck. Emmerton can handle 4th line duties-albeit he won't win you games but I think that fourth line won't lose you any either.
I'm super excited for the second season this year! Had to listen to game one of the Phoenix series from the hospital last year. Sucked. Let's see if Helm can welcome himself back tonight with an OT winner. Maybe a long shot, but this series promises to be tight, so somebody might have to win it for the Wings in OT.
1st post! Welcome! Glad to have you around the boards for the cup run this year!