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Lockout puts prospects’ potential NHL promotions on hold

Oct 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Just about every group of NHL players has something to lose because of a lockout.

Yahoo’s Cam Charron profiles nine skaters in a particularly anxious category: prospects who could have been mere days from beginning rookie campaigns in the NHL.

He begins with Jonathan Huberdeau, arguably the top prospect in the Florida Panthers’ highly regarded farm system.

He has speed and skill to boot, and all these things that make him a particularly desirable player for an NHL organization, but he’s also physically dominant, despite being listed at just 171 pounds.

Charron discusses why Buffalo Sabres’ 2013 first-rounder Mikhail Grigorenko is a polarizing figure, yet could also play with the big club in little time.

The Russian has 14 points in six games, but his true talent lies in his ability to be a dominant defensive player as well as contribute on the north side of the ice.

He’s the primary face-off man who draws the tough matchups, and whatever you think of him as an NHL-prospect, he’s glorious to watch at this level and flat-out dominate. The Québec Remparts have given up a league-low seven goals in five games, and he’s a big part of that.

The list also includes New York Islanders gem Ryan Strome, Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele and less widely-praised prospects who might make a jump because of a team’s weakness or lack of depth.

Are there any other prospects who would be flirting with an NHL leap if the lockout wasn’t impeding their progress?

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Dougie Hamilton

    • ryan02190 - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      It was forwards not defensemen

      • danphipps01 - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        The question was, “Are there any other prospects who would be flirting with an NHL leap if the lockout wasn’t impeding their progress?”

        Dougie Hamilton is a prospect. I think you can put the rest together on your own.

  2. jrmehle - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Umm hello, Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund! He was going to either center the 2nd line or play on the wing on the top line before the lockout.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Granlund will play with the Wild this year if there is a season and or play in the AHL …. last time I checked he wasn’t going back home for the entire season but one thing is certain he can’t play in the CHL so no matter what the wild could pull him at anytime and have him in a wild sweater.

      Dougie Hamilton is the prospect to me that is hurting the most from the lockout

      • danphipps01 - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        Yeah. It’s been a while since the minors were any sort of a challenge for him, I’d imagine. He’s just way too good not to be playing in the big league this year.

      • danphipps01 - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Er, Hamilton, that is. Granlund too, but man, Hamilton’s pretty much the Bobby Orr of the minor leagues right now.

    • minnywildfan - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Granlund Scored 4 goals in his first game in the AHL for anyone trying to argue that he isn’t the best prospect making his way to the NHL this season.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        Yeah, folks seemed to think we only got excited for next year because the Wild signed Suter and Parise…

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