Stars prospect Valeri Nichushkin

Stars prospect Valeri Nichushkin

The majority of hockey fans, whether they root for a great or terrible team, believe they have great prospects in their farm system. They know the name of the guy or two they took highest in the past couple drafts, so for them, help is always on the way. …The only problem is, every team is in the same situation or better.

So with the season on the horizon it seemed like the right time to call upon Corey Pronman, prospect analyst for ESPN and Hockey Prospectus, to find out just what to expect from some of the best young players on the fringe of the NHL.

I asked him everything I wanted to know those up-and-comers, including:

* The process of evaluation

* Which teams will have the strongest and weakest “under 23″ cores

* What he expects of:

- Valeri Nichushkin
- Ryan Murray
- Morgan Reilly
- Mark Scheifele
- Mikhail Grigorenko

* What he thinks of the systems of teams like:

- Toronto
- Calgary
- Tampa Bay
- The Islanders

* And who looks good for the Calder

* I also answered a few tweets and emails (Oilers/Eakins, Tim Thomas)

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