Originally Posted by SeaDawg
I see him as a solid 2nd line winger with 65-70 pt upside in the NHL. However, even if he doesn't reach his offensive upside, he gives you a solid player who will contribute in all three zones. That is why he is a "safe" pick compared to Grigorenko. I don't know why people don't think Galchenyuk is also a safe pick. To me, the kid competes, has the offensive upside, and has pretty much lived in NA his whole life. I don't see him fleeing to the KHL. I actually don't think Grigorenko will either, and with his upside I wouldn't hesitate to take him over Forsberg (both in the NHL and in fantasy hockey), but I can see why some might feel differently.
I share the same opinion as SeaDawg. Offensively, I'd compare his upside to Mikko Koivu (not style wise).
I also think its crazy not to consider Galchenyuk a safe pick. I understand that his knee injury iand associated loss of development time is the reason for the risk but that wouldn't stop me. Hell, if I'm Edmonton I'd heavily consider Galchenyuk at 1st. It would take some balls to actually commit to Galchenyuk at #1 but after watching him play on the same rink as Yakupov, I often left more impressed with Galchenyuk
I will put my neck out and say that AG will be a better NHLer