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  1. Not quite tanking, but I think some of Blashill's make more sense if he was told that he should be most concerned with long-term development of players. For instance, you only put Sheahan on the powerplay if you're trying to get a struggling young player going. For immediate team success that can only hurt us. Also, keeping Larkin on the 3rd line for so long make sense if you're trying to develop a player who can run a line himself, but he would have had more success and helped the team more with Z or Nielson, i think. Also, Vanek's limited use could make sense if the team doesn't view him as part of our future. And AA's limited use could make sense if they consider him rounding out his game more important in the long run to the amount he helps the team currently. There is problems with that theory, though, since players like Miller and Ott were used despite the fact that they won't be part of the future. I think they've been trying to balance preparing for the future with some success right now (which obviously hasn't come this year).
  2. McCartney's not retired. He still puts out albums and tours. But his reputation is not based on his recent work which isn't groundbreaking. Hence why I used the parallel. Hakan's recent picks haven't been steals, but they're probably what you expect from late picks. He's lost his advantage now that europe is thoroughly scouted.
  3. And why is Paul McCartney still considered a great musician? 'laurels' matter. And he does have some impressive laurels. Responsible for finding Lidstrom Holmstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Franzen. He deserves all the respect he gets. But his success was partly based on being ahead of the curve, though. He went deeper into the european talent and had a great eye. Now the playing field is more even. Since Franzen, players I've read he's been responsible for drafting are: Nyquist, Filppula, Hudler, Ericsson, Andersson, Axel Holmstrom, Malmstrom. I'm not sure how that compares to other individual scouts so it's hard to judge his resent pull. No great diamonds in the rough, but maybe regular for a scout with the picks that the Red Wings have had.
  4. I agree that we've had trouble developing Dmen and that's a big problem - I was just questioning whether the number of Dmen was a lot. It does seem like we've drafted a lot of D men recently. The only top 4 guy we've trained since Kronwall is arguebly Quincey. He's been in the top 4 everywhere he's played I think (though I don't know how or where he's playing with the Devils). Not a great #4 guy, but I think he makes the cut.
  5. Hronek, Hicketts, Russo, Saajarvi, Renouf, De Haas, Cholowski, Holway, Malmstrom, Sambrook, (10 - anyone else?) Is that really few D-men in the system? (honest question - I don't really know what the usual is)
  6. That's hilarious, man. I don't think Blashill has done a good job and happily see him gone. I was just mentioning that they praised him. It's crazy how much people hate Blash around here that they jump on you just for mentioning someone else's praise.
  7. Okay whatever man. Anyway it's interesting for me to get outside opinion's on how he's doing. You can discount their praise if you want.
  8. That's fine, but they've specifically praised him and some of his line management. I don't think they've said a thing about the Wild's coach or any decisions he's made.
  9. Lots of praise for Blashill from these NBC guys. It's good to get some outside perspective.
  10. AA!!!
  11. Naw, Z's been very impressive this year. Love what we've seen from Mantha, though.
  12. Jensen's going to regret that play.
  13. AA's with Neilson. Now Z's with Larkin and Abby.
  14. Mantha!! We're looking good this period.
  15. Let's Go Wings!!!! I'm going to be bold and say that this is the game that Sheahan scores in. It will be a Dekeyser shot from the point that is going to miss the net, hits Sheahan in the seat of his pants and ricochets into the net.