kipwinger

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  1. kipwinger

    Coach Vote - Restart

    Hmmm, I totally got that wrong. Well sounds like a guy that's probably on a short list.
  2. kipwinger

    Coach Vote - Restart

    I think he JUST got that job, don't think he's even been an assistant for a full year. Maybe I'm wrong though.
  3. kipwinger

    Coach Vote - Restart

    I'm picking Deboer here because of his Detroit roots, but it's actually going to be Benoit Groulx now that Lambert is off the board.
  4. kipwinger

    2022 Draft / UFA

    Typically I'd agree with you, but I think things are changing a bit these days. Teams have figured out that one way to manage the salary cap is to spend a lot on high end free agents and then underpay entry level guys to balance it out. That means teams have a strong incentive to find young, NHL ready (or close to it) talent, and get them into the lineup as soon as possible. In Raymond's case he could do it because he's super skilled (if underdeveloped physically). In Seider and Edvinsson's case they were already physically developed at 18. I think Kasper is close to those guys IMO. There is no noticeable flaw in his physical tools. He doesn't need to get bigger, stronger, faster (even though he will). If the Wings draft him I'd fully expect him to play his draft plus one year in GR (at center) and then be vying for a roster spot thereafter.
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    2022 Draft / UFA

    Agreed. I guess I was interpreting your original post more conservatively than you intended it? I don't think it's unrealistic for Kasper to be on the Raymond/Edvinsson timeline (on the Wings roster in his draft plus two year). That's not a "long wait" as your original post suggested, but it IS within the 2-3 year timeframe you mentioned.
  6. kipwinger

    2022 Draft / UFA

    Why do you think this? He's one of the most physically developed players in the top part of the draft and has already been playing productive minutes in a top men's league at 17 years old. Currently he's playing very well at the World Championships against NHL level talents. With Kasper the only drawback is upside IMO. He reminds me of draft age Dylan Larkin. Despite having every tool you'd want, it wasn't obvious that Larkin was going to be a top six center at the time. Obviously that one worked out for Detroit, but there was some unknowns there.
  7. kipwinger

    2022 Draft / UFA

    Lekkerimaki is Vrana 2.0. So, while I'd be annoyed with not drafting a center for the zillionth time in a row, if you're going to draft a winger draft him.
  8. kipwinger

    2022 Draft / UFA

    I'm happy for any of Gauthier, Nazer, or Kasper with that pick.
  9. kipwinger

    New New Prospects Thread

    Gotta have a Canadian.
  10. kipwinger

    New New Prospects Thread

    You already know who the Calder Finalists are: Seider, Zegras, and Bunting. It's just not official yet.
  11. kipwinger

    New New Prospects Thread

    That sounds good and all, but unless we’ve got 3 or 4 blue chippers on defense we are cooked. Wait…What’s that? *checks notes* We have some dudes named Edvinsson, Johansson, and Wallinder too? Well that seems good, eh?
  12. kipwinger

    Bertuzzi and Hronek

    I'm not sure too many folks think he's "unmovable/irreplaceable". I certainly don't and have advocated trading him elsewhere (for the right return). BUT, I think there are some reasons to keep the guy too. First, he's a pretty good player. Second, he's well liked and well regarded by his teammates. Third, he sets the tone (particularly in terms of competitiveness and effort) that young players should model. Finally, no team wins the Stanley Cup with a roster full of 25 year olds. You need veterans, especially good veterans, to carry those young guys on the ice. Would you rather have 32 year old Tyler Bertuzzi doing that (and Larkin and Vrana too) or would you rather it be guys like Marc Staal and Sam Gagner? No disrespect to the latter, but I'd prefer the former.
  13. kipwinger

    Bertuzzi and Hronek

    To Carolina: Tyler Bertuzzi To Detroit: Martin Necas + 1st.
  14. kipwinger

    2022 Draft / UFA

    Careful, your boy Corey Pronman is a huge fan of Gleb.
  15. kipwinger

    News From Around the NHL *Mod warning page 75*

    Good point.