Jul. 5, 2022
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Caniac2000</b></div><div>I can agree with most of this. Nemec Jiricek, Clarke, Lambos, Faber, Guhle are definitely great. Personally (at this moment) I'd probably go
They're all going to see the NHL. They all have great tools, but I still think Morrow is the cream of that crop. His skating ability is just ridiculous, he's so gifted offensively, he can be physical when he needs to, and he's got a great hockey sense. All of these guys have something that holds them back, and for Morrow, it is his defensive awareness and to a point his positioning, but he's able to cover most of it with the speed he has. I just think logically, the net gain you get with Morrow's positives as opposed to his negatives is the best of any D prospect (currently drafted) at this point. Not to mention, breaking the school records held by CALE MAKAR is going to raise the stock of the guy. Admittedly, I may have some rose-tinted glasses, but when I compare him to someone like Nemec, the tools are better for Morrow, and the weaknesses are easier to overcome and less prominent. Just my thoughts.</div></div>
I guess we will see, either way there are some solid defensemen about to enter the league.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Caniac2000</b></div><div>Wallinder shouldn't be in the conversation. He's good, not the best out there. Edvinsson, sure, I get that argument. I still would say Morrow is better. Morrow didn't play his entire draft year due to covid and STILL went in the second round. In a redraft, he's easily the first D-man from that draft taken. He's breaking Cale Makar's UMass records. He's a point per game as a D-man on a garbage UMass team. He's certainly the best D prospect in North America, and I stand by my point of saying he's the best D prospect in the league right now. Nemec is the only other one I would really give up the argument against. I understand both of them with that debate. I'd still suggest Morrow is probably a better prospect than Jiricek at this point. If I'm forgetting any others, please remind me.</div></div>
I put Wallinder in there because I believe he is over-shadowed by the other defensemen in Detroit's system that were recently drafted. Seider, Edvinsson, Wallinder, Johansson, Buium all very highly regarded. Wallinder beat Edvinsson out for rookie honors last year in the SHL, and has shown this season that it wasn't a one and done (Neiderbach and Dower-Nils demoted from SHL this year after being projected to improve). He is a fantastic 2-way defender. I would be surprised if in the NHL prospect rankings if he was outside the top 10-15. It is tough to rave about the same team having multiple picks at similar positions and say that each one is deserving. Usually one prospect wins the media battle and gets the coverage. Pretty easy with Edvinsson and his comparisons.
Nemec and Jiricek are up there, but honestly I haven't seen as much of Jiri this season to say fairly where he is at. I am very high on Mintyukov because of the way the league has shifted and him being offensively gifted. Faber/Lambos both continue to grow on me (living in Minnesota) and Topi was there but since has cooled off (watching Viro at WJC and kept hoping Viro was RH because it was him). Brandt Clarke would be the one depending how you view him of being the top prospect, however I could see the case that he is an NHL regular this year when it is all said and done (Guhle as well). I believe Morrow is in that conversation.
In all fairness, some 3th-4th-5th rounder is right now doing things under the radar and ends up being the best d-man in the draft lol.
No from the Red Wings (value fits however)
- Ras has improved each season, and while I don’t think he is a main component for the rebuild, he is the perfect fit for a bottom 6 player (physical, timely scoring, hot streaks) that championship teams look for, while “rarely” being able to fill in top 6. Can’t live up to where he was drafted, but he is not going to be a journeyman for his career. In saying that, he could also be a key piece in a trade similar to this. (Description was for your question on 3rd or 4th line suited, also personally I see him as a perfect LW that takes draws depending on matchup rather than an outright C).
- Hronek as a second pairing D behind Mo has been huge this season. Now that he isn’t a number 1-2 guy, he seems to have settled in. Always had the offense, drastically has increased his defensive game (still has a ways to go). Behind him Detroit gets very thin, and RHD prospects aren’t what’s propping up the prospect pool.
- 2023 1st SY has stated numerous times he wants to acquire picks, not rid himself of them. Obviously that could change, but unlikely to happen based on all things happening this season. Also, although the Wings are looking good, there still is a chance that pick could be very high.
The value is there, but it doesn’t fit at “this cost.” Swap a few things around and it would be hard to turn down. One last thing, Horvat does have some affinity for Detroit. In saying that, he may have a desire to go there which bodes well for Detroit. Not saying that is the case, just a thought.