Tomas Hertl has been impressive, but still has a long way to go

Darren Kennedy

2013-11-23

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This week the Prospects Report looks in on Tomas Hertl and Joe Colborne


We spend a lot of time scouting prospects; evaluating different skill sets, looking at development areas, and comparing them to existing NHLers. All of that is certainly important, but more and more I am wondering if 'team opportunity' matters just as much as a player's physical abilities.


By team opportunity I mean the situation that a prospect is likely to find himself in once he lands on the big club. Is he going to skate in the top-six forward group immediately? What defensive pairing is he in? How is the first power play unit set up, does the team employ four forwards and only one defencemen?


In addition, we need to consider the personal that already play for a particular team. If Gustav Nyquist is slotted to play alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk at even strength, his value will be significantly different than if he's stuck with Todd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary (no offence to their fantasy owners!).


You can gauge where a player might play depending on the depth at each position. Had Nashville already possessed two or three top defencemen it's unlikely Seth Jones would be paired with Shea Weber.