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  • Showcasing the FHC Prospect’s Guide – Day 3 (Buffalo)

    http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.comFantasy Hockey Coach is extremely happy to announce that our First Annual Prospects Guide (Prospect-us) is available now for download ($4.95). The guide is loaded with in-depth information of NHL prospects and their potential fantasy impact, over 160 pages.

    The Prospect-us is designed to be as all inclusive as possible, whether you are a fantasy hockey guru trying to win their pool at work, a casual pool player, or just a fan of the sport in general who is interested in the future of their favorite NHL team(s). We have included a listing of our top 250 ranked prospects for the future in terms of their skill, upside and potential impact. Players must be 25 years or younger and haven’t played over 25 NHL games to qualify as a prospect for this guide. On top of all that the Guide offers the Top 20 players in each of the next four NHL Entry Drafts.

    To showcase the Prospect-us will be highlighting a team a day for 30 days. In this showcase you will see the team write-up and two of the player profiles. Each team has between five to nine write-ups depending on the amount of fantasy worthy prospects. To view the entire product you will need to purchase the Prospect-us at

    Day 3 – Buffalo Sabres

    What the Sabres have quietly added over the past few years in regards to prospects at first glance may look unimpressive, though upon a closer look the Buffa-slugs have done a good job adding key players with key attributes to play roles with the franchise. Buffalo is known for it’s highly skilled water- bugs on the roster like Nathan Gerbe and Tyler Ennis, and they’re doing their best by drafting bigger skilled guys, who can throw their weight around to ensure the little guys have open ice to operate. They’ve added a slew of solid all around blue liners in the likes of Brayden McNabb, Mark Pysyk, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and T.J. Brennen, to compliment a couple big guys who will be big fantasy impact guys in the NHL, such as Joel Armia, Mikhail Grigorenko and Marcus Foligno. While Foligno is gritty and solid all around, Armia could be quite the player as he brings size; skill and a natural scorers touch to the table which has people thinking of him as the next Anze Kopitar. Grigorenko is also big centre, who could end up being the best player from this year’s draft. He’s a boom or bust pick, and could even be in the lineup this fall.

    C/RW - Mikhail Grigorenko (RUS) Quebec Remparts
    6’3” 200 lbs, 18 years

    Grigorenko is a player who had his fair share of critics this past season. They ragged on his lack of offensive output in the playoffs, ragged on his work ethic and demeanor and anything else they could think of; however what they failed to notice was his impressive regular season and the way be battled all season to be considered in the running for the first overall draft pick. It’s not often game-breaking centres come along, and Grigorenko is definitely one of them. He’s big; he’s super talented, makes smart plays, is great in traffic and flat out makes plays for his team. The one area of his game, which still needs some work, is his defensive play, but Patrick Roy worked hard on it with him all season and there was a noted improvement in that area. The Russian factor is something everyone sees in him to potentially label him a bust, but the smart bet is watching him go about putting his naysayers to bed as he goes about putting up some strong offensive showings.

    Projection: Franchise forward

    Potential Upside: 85-100 points (Alexei Yashin)
    ETA: 2012-13

    RW/C - Joel Armia (FIN) Assat Pori
    6’3” 192 lbs., 18 years

    On his combination of skill and size alone, Joel Armia is one heck of a prospect. He’s a big kid, but also is solid skater and brings a natural scorer’s touch to the table, which can be hard to come by in today’s NHL. Armia has played for Finland on a national level in the past and played well despite unrealistic expectations for him to take the whole team on his back single-handedly. His shot is a laser beam and he goes to the net hard, meaning he could be a power forward, but his skill set allows him to look like a sniper when rushing up the wing. He can be a little streaky at times, but when he’s on, he’s a scary guy to watch since he’s a star plain and simple. Some liken his skills to something similar to Jeff Carter, though there are flashes of Anze Kopitar, which may be a more apt comparison.

    Potential: Franchise forward

    Projected Upside: 85 points (Anze Kopitar)

    ETA: 2012-13

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