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Forum: Armchair-GMJul 27 at 7:32
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Club_de_Hockey_le_Canadien</b></div><div>The Athletic may be an exception but I've seen Romanov touted as an elite prospect in many other rankings above Timmins (The Hockey News especially). But that wasn't my point. Romanov is much more valuable to Montreal than Timmins is to Colorado. As a rebuilder, he is one of our best prospect and he will lead our LHD in the future. Whereas Timmins is behind Makar for your LHD and has Helleson there as well and you are a contending team.

I meant based on how valuable they are to their teams. But I would be willing to try to make a case for Romanov being seen as a better prospect. <strong>Romanov is NHL ready now</strong> and despite his size he is a very strong player. Playing 2nd pairing minutes in the KHL as producing like that as a defenseman is impressive and not disappointing. He is ready to play in the NHL on a 2nd pairing or higher where Timmins would most likely struggle due to facing weaker competition in the past. Their overall selection at the draft has very little impact on their value as Romanov has proved to be 1st round talent similarly to Timmins. Keep in mind Romanov is a year younger than Timmins and is of similar skill.</div></div>

Fair argument about Romanov being more valuable to Montreal than Timmins to Colorado. Montreal have no top 4 LHD of note, so they are desperate for Romanov to turn into that. Colorado need a top 4 RHD replacement for Johnson, but that situation isn't as acute as Montreal's need for LHD.

That said, the fact that Romanov is NHL ready isn't an advantage over Timmins because he is also NHL ready. In fact, Coach Bednar apparently wanted to play him right after he was drafted but he got concussed. And then last season he made the team out of camp and played 2 games and did very well, but they decided it was better for him to play 1st pairing minute in the AHL for 1 season rather than a sheltered role on a stacked blueline in the NHL. He's going to surprise a lot of people when he starts playing regularly, really good Dman who may jump straight into playing at a top 4 level.
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