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Evaluating What We Have (Part 1): Vinni Lettieri


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Vinni Lettieri | #95

C | 5' 11" | 195 lb | Age: 23

 

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Undersized. Good skater. Shoot-first mentality that is ALWAYS welcome. Is he actually good enough to stick in the NHL? He was sent back to Hartford again so Paul Carey, McLeod, and Desharnais can play over him. Despite being given PP time he’s only scored once and that was in his first game.

 

With amount of turnover we all expect moving forward, is Vinni a guy to save a spot for? He’s similar to Vesey in that he’s entering the NHL at a strange age. He’s not 19 and in some respects he is what he is. Yes there may be room for growth but it’s unlikely he suddenly blossoms into a star. Where does he project in this organization moving forward?

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To save a spot for? No. You always want guys to earn their spots, preferably by beating others out of theirs. Saving a spot suggests otherwise.

 

But he could have a future here, for sure. His game lends well to a rebuilding club where he could potentially be playing a complimentary scoring role down the line.

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Short-term energy guy. Ceiling is probably a limited scoring 2nd line winger if he progresses and gets a good center. Not sure he has the necessary skills to be a bottom 6 guy, though.

 

He's already been a "pleasant surprise", and honestly, not sure he'll ever be much more than he is now. He'll progress a bit, but he's not turning into a 40-goal scorer or defense stalwart

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Vinni Lettieri | #95

C | 5' 11" | 195 lb | Age: 23

 

GP G A PTS +\-

16 1 5 6 -11

 

 

Undersized. Good skater. Shoot-first mentality that is ALWAYS welcome. Is he actually good enough to stick in the NHL? He was sent back to Hartford again so Paul Carey, McLeod, and Desharnais can play over him. Despite being given PP time he’s only scored once and that was in his first game.

 

With amount of turnover we all expect moving forward, is Vinni a guy to save a spot for? He’s similar to Vesey in that he’s entering the NHL at a strange age. He’s not 19 and in some respects he is what he is. Yes there may be room for growth but it’s unlikely he suddenly blossoms into a star. Where does he project in this organization moving forward?

 

Possible PA Parenteau type at most IMO.

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He was only sent down because he didn't have to go through waivers today when they brought up the additional goalie.

 

To answer the original question I don't think he brings much value at all and on a solid team probably never sees much if any time. He plays hard if that's enough for some people. Completely underwhelming.

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If Prucha is his ceiling what does that mean? Flash in the pan type player? In and out of the lineup?

 

After Chytil and Andersson he's our best offensive prospect, no? Not sure what these trades will yield but hopefully we are able to stock the cupboards with already-drafted players with high ceiling.

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Short-term energy guy. Ceiling is probably a limited scoring 2nd line winger if he progresses and gets a good center. Not sure he has the necessary skills to be a bottom 6 guy, though.

 

He's already been a "pleasant surprise", and honestly, not sure he'll ever be much more than he is now. He'll progress a bit, but he's not turning into a 40-goal scorer or defense stalwart

 

 

If Prucha is his ceiling what does that mean? Flash in the pan type player? In and out of the lineup?

 

After Chytil and Andersson he's our best offensive prospect, no? Not sure what these trades will yield but hopefully we are able to stock the cupboards with already-drafted players with high ceiling.

 

Buchnevich?

And its not like our current roster is a bunch of old dudes.

 

Dont really have a lot of prospects that I would label the "best" anything.

 

He's 23. Do you see him surpassing Miller (24), Hayes (25) or Kreider (26) within the next few years?

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I see him as a 3rd line guy but he may be lucky to be our 4th line guy. Next year we could be looking at 7 winger that are better than him. Buchnevich,Kreider,Miller,Vesey, Zuccs, Fast, whatever winger we get in a trade, whether it be Kapanen, Bracco, Tolvanen, Tutfe.

 

 

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He was only sent down because he didn't have to go through waivers today when they brought up the additional goalie.

 

To answer the original question I don't think he brings much value at all and on a solid team probably never sees much if any time. He plays hard if that's enough for some people. Completely underwhelming.

 

Not sure thats even true. I know thats what AV said, but why not send down the sick goalie???

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If Prucha is his ceiling what does that mean? Flash in the pan type player? In and out of the lineup?

 

After Chytil and Andersson he's our best offensive prospect, no? Not sure what these trades will yield but hopefully we are able to stock the cupboards with already-drafted players with high ceiling.

 

AKA, powerplay specialist. Which kinda doesn't exist anymore. Otherwise Pirri would have an NHL job..

 

I dont see this kid being as good as Prucha was when he had it going on.

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AKA, powerplay specialist. Which kinda doesn't exist anymore. Otherwise Pirri would have an NHL job..

 

I dont see this kid being as good as Prucha was when he had it going on.

 

Great point, Prucha had a 30 goal season in ~ 70 games, I don't see Vinni being anywhere near that much of a scorer at the NHL level. That was in Prucha's first season and it went downhill from there. The kid pays hard but I hate the whole he plays hard so he's good enough to roll out there every night theme, also not a fan of his size.

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For me, personally, it?s too soon to tell.

 

I think you need some sort of excellence at every position to be a contender. ((But we?re now/next season will still be a long long way from that.)) so it becomes about developing talent, i hope.

 

I see VL as a depth callup or fill in the gap player 3rd or 4th line depending on who or what is available to roll out next year. I?d like to see Gropp or other draft picks get some time if they?re ready...but until then we have Vinni & Co. to fill slots.

 

And who knows, maybe he blossoms, maybe he doesn?t. Question is can he earn that ice time over another prospect, including any reaped by trades.

 

 

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