The Oilers three stud prospects.
This is what everyone will be watching.
Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Magnus Paajarvi are the reason for the optimism that surrounds this years team. Jordan Eberle is already a Canadian legend thanks to his World Junior exploits. Taylor Hall has nothing left to prove in the OHL. Magnus Paajarvi led Sweden in scoring at the World Championships.
The only question that remains is are they ready for the NHL?
All signs point to the answer being "Yes." Hall is a lock to follow in the footsteps of previous first overall picks John Tavares and Steven Stamkos in making the jump to the NHL right away. If their rookie seasons are an indicator of what to expect, then 20-25 goals and 50-60 points is not only possible, but probable for Hall.
Jordan Eberle is easily the most famous hockey player not playing in the NHL. Expect that to change this season, because at 20 years old Eberle is ready to make the big squad. Eberle's World Junior heroics are legendary, but what many may not know is that Eberle has scored at a PPG clip in two partial seasons in the AHL. It is because of this that THN has predicted him to lead all rookies in scoring and to win the Calder.
Magnus Paajarvi recently led team Sweden in scoring at the World Championships. Not the World Junior Championship, but the World Championship, playing against NHL calibre opponents.
As great as I think Hall and Eberle will be, it is Paajarvi that makes me most excited. Granted, I've only seen him play a few times, but when I have, I can't help but be utterly impressed. The way he uses his speed on the wing to drive the puck to then net can't help but remind one of Glenn Anderson.
I'm trying to keep expectations realistic and contain my excitement about these three, seeing as how none of them have ever played in the NHL, but excitement like this is hard to contain.