(Dellow used to be a lawyer fwiw)I'll have a story online tomorrow explaining what's happening in the Caryk/Karlsson application that's being heard Friday. Having read both sides material, I don't think this story is going away any time soon.
It is not. Huge price to pay for possibly 1 year of Kaarlson.San Jose is really going all in on the next few seasons. They’re going to be crippled after 4-5 years when their core is in their mid-late 30’s and still on high money long term deals. Assuming extending Karlsson is part of this
For context they were given the same "LEGIT NHL PROSPECT" ranking as Bruins' prospects UV, Studnicka, JFK, and Frederic3. Josh Norris, C, Michigan-Big Ten
Norris had a decent freshman season. His main asset is his hockey sense. He’s a very smart two-way player who can play on both special teams. Norris has skill, but I wouldn’t call it high-end. There are stretches where he can fade into the background offensively, and then he’ll stand out with a very nice pass or deke. He skates well, but he doesn’t have a ton of pace to his game. I find him as a very steady all-around center who lacks a game-breaking element but has good athletic traits and is more of a long-term bet.
4. Rudolfs Balcers, LW, San Jose-AHL
Balcers had a great first pro season, as the best player for the Barracuda, and had a decent World Championships with Latvia. Balcers is a skilled forward, but what stands out the most to me is his hockey sense. He has great vision and overall offensive instincts. He can play at a pro pace and show the intellect to make plays at both ends of the rink. He’s not a big forward and only an average skater, but he makes defensive plays due to his work ethic and hockey IQ. I have some skepticism on his overall upside when I pick apart his skill set, but he keeps producing at a high level.