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Which OHL player is now ready to play in the NHL?

  • John Tavares, New York Islanders

    Votes: 6 54.5%
  • Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche

    Votes: 3 27.3%
  • Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ryan Ellis, Nashville Predators

    Votes: 1 9.1%
  • Calvin de Haan, New York Islanders

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Zack Kassian, Buffalo Sabres

    Votes: 1 9.1%
  • Peter Holland, Anaheim Ducks

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    11
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Wish I could pick both, but Duschene is supposedly the most NHL ready. I think Tavares will have a pretty solid rookie season as well.
 

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vote for Tavares
 

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vote for Tavares i think he's ready than all of those others
 

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If the sabres want to jump Kassian right in as an enforcer, he can play right now
 

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If the sabres want to jump Kassian right in as an enforcer, he can play right now

well everyone is talking Tavares the main guy coming from the draft.
 

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well everyone is talking Tavares the main guy coming from the draft.
yea tavares has the most skill for sure, but kassian has the strength, grit, checking ability, and fighting ability to play in buffalo right now
 

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yea tavares has the most skill for sure, but kassian has the strength, grit, checking ability, and fighting ability to play in buffalo right now
good that's what Buffalo needs. Kaleta can't do ALL the hitting,..right?
 

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good that's what Buffalo needs. Kaleta can't do ALL the hitting,..right?
haha, i hear ya. i live in rochester so i c alot of sabres games. he is the only physical guy on the ice most of the time, if kassian plays right away, and wityh the addition of grier they should be much tougher next year
 

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For those of you who follow the OHL more than I, what do you think of Eric Tangradi? With a 6'4" 220lb frame, he seems like a guy ready for the role of a power forward. I haven't seen him play, and am very interested in how he does in the prospect camp for the Pens(as well as regular camp). Everyone in the organization seem to be very excited about him.
 

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haha, i hear ya. i live in rochester so i c alot of sabres games. he is the only physical guy on the ice most of the time, if kassian plays right away, and wityh the addition of grier they should be much tougher next year


yea i agree
 

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Tavares has already played four seasons in the OHL, and since he's not 20, he's ineligible to play in the AHL unless for a playoff run after his OHL team has been eliminated.

Basing it off of Tavares is either in the OHL or in the NHL - he's definitely the most NHL ready, since sending him back might be detrimental to his development. He's faced adversity, and is probably close to his playing weight for his career, and has maturity as well as having his skills.

Two-way centers like Duchene have a lot more to transfer to the big leagues, and another year in the OHL wouldn't hurt him, just as it didn't hurt Cody Hodgson (who is probably the most NHL ready out of the OHL, but wasn't drafted this year).

I'm really not sure that Zack Kassian is ready yet. Size wise, he's able to, but last year was a big jump in his overall game - and players who are NHL ready usually are more consistent, rather than a drastic improvement over his previous season. One more year in the OHL will be good for him.
 

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Ryan Ellis may not be the most ready, but he's nearly a lock with the Preds this year, due to their lack of depth.
 
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