Haven't watched many of our prospects in D but base on comments D core look promising.
I don't see any tangible proof that Norlinder will be better than Romanov at any point in their careers.
Compare them year over year:
17 years old (Both draft eligible for the first time)
Norlinder: Undrafted, average player in the Swedish U20 leagues.
Romanov: 2nd round pick, average player in the Russian Junior leagues.
18 years old
Norlinder: 3rd round pick, Swedish U20 playoff MVP, not on Swedish WJC team
Romanov: A KHL regular in a powerhouse team, made Russia's WJC U20 team & named best d-man in the tournament
19 years old
Norlinder: One of the best d-men in Sweden's second tier league, made the Swedish WJC but was their least used d-man.
Romanov: A KHL regular in a powerhouse team, made Russia's WJC U20 team, named captain. Lost best d-man award to Rasmus Sandin
20 years old:
Norlinder: Not putting up great numbers in the Swedish Elite League, doesn't seem like he's close to the NHL.
Romvanov: NHL regular, seems like he'll be in the league for a while.
Norlinder's a gigantic maybe.
Yup - saw lots of his prep school games his draft year. The only question IMO is will he stay healthy because of his style of game. Tremendous athletic ability, skating is close to elite , and he can be taught to calm his game down - Weber coming out of juniors was very noisy playing D and calmed his game down over time.I think he is the sleeper of them all
Strong as an oxe and elite wheels , game getting better too.
I think so too.I see Norlinder as trade bait.