Niedermayer was a rare talent, though. He was one of the best skaters in the league when he was playing. Larsson is a different type player. Larsson's passing is already pretty impressive, his vision on the ice is great at times (can anyone else make a long pass on this team?!?), and he remains calm (at times too calm, almost like he doesn't care). His positioning isn't all there yet, but there are times he seems to be exactly where he needs to be. His game really isn't about speed or grit. As for his shot, I think it will be much better in a couple of years. He is still very young.
I don't really think Larsson is going to be a big point getter (like a Doughty type) but he was on pace for about 45 in the AHL this season, so he can definitely contribute. I think Larsson in about 3 or 4 years will be THE guy on defense here.
Looking at that draft, I don't think there's anyone I would rather have taken at that spot.
His shot is fine, needs a bit more power, but he's so young still. He makes the long pass better than anyone in the d-corps, and is second only to Zid with his deflectable shot/skilled shot-passes.
IDK about that. To me this is NHL 13 video game thinking. Elias, Kovy and Zajac are any team's top 3 IMO. Outside of Pittsburgh, Chicago and maybe a couple of other teams, no one has a full top 6 like they do. I think our 2nd line is at least comparable to most teams in the NHL now.
Our bottom 6 is fine, pretty good, in fact. I just feel like we're playing 2 ok second lines instead of a 1st and 2nd.
And I don't see how Zajac is in everyone's top 3. It's borderline that he's in our top 3 as is. I know he has it in him, but he isn't showing it right now.
Edited by ATLL765, 02 April 2013 - 03:28 PM.