I'm sure there have been threads like this before. But I was working on a comprehensive list the other day, and thought some here might want to see it. Overall, we're certainly an above-average team at the draft. And it seems like a lot of recent picks are turning out to be NHL-level prospects.
Beneath our draft picks are arguably comparable or better players with an NHL pedigree. Red indicates a bust pick. Green indicates a perfect pick. It's still too early for the recent draft years (as such, the drafts from 2009 onwards have some question marks and might miss players who will make it to the show later on after more development.)
Draft Year (# of NHL players produced / # of players drafted)
He won't get suspended. This league does not care about player safety at all. Remember when Lindstrom got speared by sharp and needed surgery. The league should have cracked down on this right after this report came out.
Of those 8 forwards, only Zetterberg is guaranteed a spot when he's ready.
If someone gets injured, Andersson will most likely be inserted into the lineup. Then Bertuzzi would probably be next in line. But barring another rash of injuries, I don't think any other forwards will see ice time from here on out.
Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m)
Danny Cleary ($1.750m) / Stephen Weiss ($4.900m) / Tomas Jurco ($0.925m)
Joakim Andersson ($0.733m) / Mikael Samuelsson ($3.000m)
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m)
Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $35,390,833; BONUSES: $207,500 CAP SPACE (11-man roster): $28,909,167
Jarnkrok has proven he can be a point per game player in the AHL over the past 20 games. It's certainly not just a hot streak either; he seems to have gotten his offensive game together (after already being very good defensively).
Nyquist was also a point per game player in his first full AHL season at the same age (22). And we all know how good Nyquist is for us now...