FallenHero96 wrote:I just realized that Tangradi is currently 2nd in OHL scoring... he's 2 points behind Tavares. He's got 38 g and 49a in 52 games.
Yeah but he's 20 so none of that matters.
The thing about him is that we don't have nearly enough size amongst our better prospects, and the two we do have that fit that bill bring a questionable work ethic (Villeux) and questionable skating (which makes Caputi and even bigger ?). This kid does everything well as individual tools, and he was a true power forward for his team last year in the Memorial Cup in every game I watched.
The other thing that I think is missed is that WHITNEY is a huge question mark. He has regressed since two seasons ago, STILL struggles to be consistent (unless consistently BAD counts) and he is not a rookie. This is not Niklas Lidstrom with the puck on his stick, and he is more like Nicole Lidstrom without it.
When he was on our team, we hated him and his lackadaisical, frightened bunny approach to the defensive zone. He is most DEFINITELY not a sure thing to ever be what he was hoped to be. Kunitz is a bankable, although un-spectacular player for today, and Tangradi is a "could be" who lacks only the one good NHL year on his resume that Whitney has.
It's critical to consider that moving into next year's draft, we stand little chance of finding a power-forward prospect that will be closer to "ready" than Tangradi as well - which accelerates the plans for leveraging Crosby and Malkin 3 seasons down the road while they are still under contract. It's a better shot at the winger for one of them than anyone we had - including Caputi.