OEL - absolute superstar in the making. His team may not score a ton, but he's going to be so good that it won't matter. He's a sure thing on both ends of the ice.
Schultz - his situation couldn't be any better. Still, no track record whatsoever in the NHL...but I think this is one case where it doesn't matter. Kid's legit. Also have him 2nd because I think there's a chance he puts up massive numbers - particularly of the PP variety - and in a keeper, sometimes that's worth taking a shot with a guy.
Faulk - going to be a very nice offensive defenseman, but still think Schultz has a better situation to be in. May also take a year or two to fully take over as top D-dog in Carolina.
Smith - Behind Kronwall for now, and I fear that once he gets fully up to speed (1,2,3 years from now), the Wings will be sans Datsyuk, Zetterberg will be that much older and....well...these next few years will be a real test for the Wings. Even if that wasn't the case and the Wings were looking solid for the next few years, I'd probably have him 4th on this list.
Voynov - forgot him on original list. But he'd be 5th anyways. Will always be behind Doughty, among other reasons.
Last edited by Reuben; 11-27-2012 at 04:37 PM.