I think Backman is really going to surprise a lot of people. He already averages over 20min/night in the SEL.
Agreed. Mattias Janmark is tearing up the Elite league at 20 too...I think both those guys are underrated.
Our defence prospects are incredible and its arguable, based on what I've read, that Backman could be as good as any of them. Right now though, I'd say the list looks something like this.
1. Sproul...exceeding all expectations.
2. Ouellett/Backman...same type playerr, different league.
In 3-4 years, I'd expect...
No you didn't. Here's what you said in May, 2012. Months after he'd been traded for, and while he was a free agent.
"Offer him a 5 year $3M per contract. A bit less money, but more security and more money to make the team better. If he doesn't agree, then let him decide what he wants to do. Get the 1st and 3rd round draft picks if he signs for more that elsewhere...Win-Win situation."
Should stick to centering our 4th line in in my opinion.
I don't see why he ever plays center to be honest. He's a protypical, grinding winger. He is the mold for a 3rd/4th line winger. He doesn't skate or pass like a center. Add that to how we may have the best bottom two centers in the league (Helm and Andersson) and it doesn't make a ton of sense for him to be there.
Abby is a waste in the top 6. It was fun watching him last year but I really think 35- 40 points is his ceiling and that wouldn't justify his playing time. Honestly, this just made me realize how much we need a Homer type (but he has to be better than Cleary). It would be nice to have Brunner, we need a shooter, but he could truly be Bruunstrom/Leino all over again.
Those are three great lines. I wish people would realize how good Nyquist, Tatar, and Andersson are. I think Andersson will be one of the best third line players in the league very soon. Tatar brings so much to the table. You'll be hard pressed to find anyone higher on Nyquist than me.
no way abby gets 20.
Don't forget that 5 of them will be empty netters...
We are better than we were last year. Alfredsson and Weiss are better than Filppula and Cleary.
Yep...and as much as everyone thinks otherwise, Tatar could be better than Brunner this year. And he's younger, cheaper, with more potential. Offseason win for the Wings. [quote name="wingsfan4795" post="2427307" timestamp="1373054386"]
I think were miles better. I would have loved bobby Ryan, but Ottawa gave up a ton for him. Silverberg is likely going to be better than every one of our prospects, and he may end up being better than Ryan as well[/quotel]
Right. Whoever said Silfverberg is "next to nothing" doesn't follow hockey close enough. Noesen isn't a chump in his own right. That first round pick could easily be 15-20 too.