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Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« Reply #90 on: August 25, 2016, 11:03:32 AM »
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« Reply #91 on: August 25, 2016, 01:57:55 PM »
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« Reply #92 on: August 26, 2016, 09:03:32 AM »
PPP: 11. Kerby Rychel
TLN: 6. Connor Brown
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« Reply #93 on: August 26, 2016, 09:44:51 AM »
To my eye test, I really liked Brown's game this past spring in those few games that he played with the big club.

If I recall correctly, Babcock was speaking very highly of him as well.

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« Reply #94 on: August 26, 2016, 09:47:52 AM »
To my eye test, I really liked Brown's game this past spring in those few games that he played with the big club.

If I recall correctly, Babcock was speaking very highly of him as well.

Brown is faster than I expected! I remember the knock against him early on was his skating, but he usually overcame it with sheer determination to get into the right spot to make smart plays.

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« Reply #95 on: August 26, 2016, 10:02:18 AM »
To my eye test, I really liked Brown's game this past spring in those few games that he played with the big club.

If I recall correctly, Babcock was speaking very highly of him as well.

Brown is faster than I expected! I remember the knock against him early on was his skating, but he usually overcame it with sheer determination to get into the right spot to make smart plays.

Smart plays is correct, he has great positional awareness, it makes him an excellent PK guy too.

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« Reply #96 on: August 26, 2016, 01:15:28 PM »
I still don't really know what to think of Rychel yet. He is not expansion draft exempt either.

Does he have the 'drive-train' to play the power forward game? He's got hands for sure, but the wheels are just climbing towards average. Is he a slightly slower, more offensive-minded Tobias Lindberg?

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« Reply #97 on: August 26, 2016, 03:18:58 PM »
I remember being really turned off when I watched him skate last year, personally I don't have a lot of hope for him past maybe depth at some point, even then.
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Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« Reply #98 on: August 29, 2016, 09:25:27 AM »
PPP: 10. Nikita Soshnikov
TLN: 5. Kasperi Kapanen

I heart Soshnikov, who fills the gap left when Kulemin was shown the door. He's not as sturdy or defensive as Kulemin, but Soshnikov plays a pretty similar game, which I have dubbed: heavy Russian. High skill and puck possession + wrecking ball mentality.

Kapanen seems to have that clutch factor. He occasionally plays invisible, but when your team needs that one goal to knot up the game, or that one goal to claim the prize, he's the one buzzing the net to pounce opportunistically on any puck.
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Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« Reply #99 on: August 29, 2016, 11:21:51 AM »
I still don't really know what to think of Rychel yet. He is not expansion draft exempt either.

Does he have the 'drive-train' to play the power forward game? He's got hands for sure, but the wheels are just climbing towards average. Is he a slightly slower, more offensive-minded Tobias Lindberg?

Kerby Rychel too me is going to be Carter Ashton 2.0.
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Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« Reply #100 on: August 29, 2016, 01:26:56 PM »
Corey Pronman ranked all of the teams' based on their prospects, the Leafs were #1 with this write-up.  It's an Insider article so I won't reproduce anything more from it:

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1) Toronto Maple Leafs Previous rank: 2 

Toronto has the best farm system in the NHL and it isn't close. Based on my prospect definitions, there are zero reasonable arguments for anyone to even be in the same conversation. Not only do they have a ton of elite talent in players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, but their depth is elite too. There are at least 20 prospects in this system that would fit in many other teams' top 10.

Actually had this ready to go 2 hours ago but passed out after reading that.

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« Reply #101 on: August 29, 2016, 02:13:35 PM »
Corey Pronman ranked all of the teams' based on their prospects, the Leafs were #1 with this write-up.  It's an Insider article so I won't reproduce anything more from it:

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1) Toronto Maple Leafs Previous rank: 2 

Toronto has the best farm system in the NHL and it isn't close. Based on my prospect definitions, there are zero reasonable arguments for anyone to even be in the same conversation. Not only do they have a ton of elite talent in players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, but their depth is elite too. There are at least 20 prospects in this system that would fit in many other teams' top 10.

Actually had this ready to go 2 hours ago but passed out after reading that.

So, this is as good as it gets?

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Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« Reply #102 on: August 29, 2016, 02:32:23 PM »
Corey Pronman ranked all of the teams' based on their prospects, the Leafs were #1 with this write-up.  It's an Insider article so I won't reproduce anything more from it:

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1) Toronto Maple Leafs Previous rank: 2 

Toronto has the best farm system in the NHL and it isn't close. Based on my prospect definitions, there are zero reasonable arguments for anyone to even be in the same conversation. Not only do they have a ton of elite talent in players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, but their depth is elite too. There are at least 20 prospects in this system that would fit in many other teams' top 10.

Actually had this ready to go 2 hours ago but passed out after reading that.

What a difference a few years makes! It wasn't that long ago that, in spite of the Leafs having been awful, the prospect depth was ordinary at best.
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Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« Reply #103 on: August 29, 2016, 02:49:33 PM »
Corey Pronman ranked all of the teams' based on their prospects, the Leafs were #1 with this write-up.  It's an Insider article so I won't reproduce anything more from it:

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1) Toronto Maple Leafs Previous rank: 2 

Toronto has the best farm system in the NHL and it isn't close. Based on my prospect definitions, there are zero reasonable arguments for anyone to even be in the same conversation. Not only do they have a ton of elite talent in players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, but their depth is elite too. There are at least 20 prospects in this system that would fit in many other teams' top 10.

Actually had this ready to go 2 hours ago but passed out after reading that.

What a difference a few years makes! It wasn't that long ago that, in spite of the Leafs having been awful, the prospect depth was ordinary at best.

With their recent acquisitions, I would think Arizona would have to be in the conversation for top ranked prospect pool...

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Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« Reply #104 on: August 29, 2016, 02:52:31 PM »
I heart Soshnikov, who fills the gap left when Kulemin was shown the door. He's not as sturdy or defensive as Kulemin, but Soshnikov plays a pretty similar game, which I have dubbed: heavy Russian. High skill and puck possession + wrecking ball mentality.

I like shoshnikov as well, but I don't see all that much in common with Kulemin, apart from being russian. Kulemin didn't go out of his way to make big hits, nor agitate, and really didn't have much flash to his game. I see a much closer comparable to uncle leo, but with more tools on the offensive side than the defensive.

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« Reply #104 on: August 29, 2016, 02:52:31 PM »