Thursday, December 29, 2011

Marco Scandella

Sent: 11/10/11
Received: 12/28/11
Time: 48 Days
Address: c/o Minnesota Wild
Item Sent: 2009-10 In The Game Heroes & Prospects, 2010-11 Victory
Item Received: 2009-10 In The Game Heroes & Prospects, 2010-11 Victory.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

While Minnesota Wild fans were ecstatic about the offseason acquisitions of Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, a big question mark was how they would cope with the loss of All-Star defenseman Brent Burns.  One of the biggest reasons for the Wild's surprising success so far has been the play of their rookie and second-year blueliners.  Nate Prosser and Clayton Stoner profile as physical stay-at-home guys.  The scrappy and undersized Jared Spurgeon seems to be the most offensively talented.  But the best all-around prospect of the group remains Scandella, who has a size to take on opposing power forwards, is a solid skater and puck-handler, and possesses a hard shot.  He is still inconsistent, but within a couple of years, I truly feel he can be the Wild's next All-Star defenseman.

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