Groovypippin wrote:Jovocop wrote:Besides Tanev, Corrado, and Subban, can you name another defense prospect that has top-four potential? Sauve seems more like a bust. Polasek, Andersson and Tommernes might one day be top-six but could very be busts as well...
Frankly, I'm quite happy with three potential top six defencemen in our system, especially with our current top 4D in the prime and locked up to longish term deals. 3rd pairing NHL defencemen are not exactly impossible to find. What's the rush?
I don't quite understand this obsession with having oodles of high end prospects in our system when:
a) We have been an elite franchise for the last number of years with a correspondingly low drafting position.
b) We have no current place to slot any of these folks in our actual NHL line-up
I'm not arguing that having elite prospect talent is a bad thing. That would be rather silly. I just wonder where you're supposed to find all the folks when drafting at 22,23,24,25,26 etc drafting position.
I like the Detroit development approach. Lot's of seasoning in the minors before breaking into the NHL. Seems to work wonders for them. Maybe Detroit fans also sit around and grouse about their prospect system and why shiny new objects aren't being rushed into their NHL line-up - but I kind of doubt it.
With the salary cap, home-grown elite players are very important. Out of the three prospects, Corrado is the only one that has the highest potential to be a top-four. Tanev is a solid defenseman but that is pretty much about it. Subban, the only problem is his size. If he can grow a few inches and add 10-20 lbs, he has the potential to be a top-four. However, he might have a hard time cracking the lineup with his current size. Would it be nice to have one or two more defensive prospects that has top-four potential?