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12-13 Biggest Surprise

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Franzen - Datsyuk - Brunner

Filppula - Zetterberg - Samuelsson

Bertuzzi - Helm - Cleary

Miller - Abdelkader - Tootoo/Eaves

Eaves/Tootoo, Nyquist

prolly

There's absolutely no point in Nyquist being the 15th forward when he's a top 6 guy. If that's the case then either he or Brunner will be 1st line in GR.

Franzen - Datsyuk - Brunner

Filppula - Zetterberg - Samuelsson

Bertuzzi - Helm - Cleary

Miller - Abdelkader - Tootoo/Eaves

Eaves/Tootoo, Nyquist

prolly

There's absolutely no point in Nyquist being the 14th forward when he's a top 6 guy. If that's the case then either he or Brunner will be 1st line in GR.

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Nyquist will play with flips and z. 18 goals, 23 assists.

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My prediction was 18 and 34 for 52 pts. Let's hope there's a full season...

That would be a great year. Im a little lower cuz i think pp points will be limited, as Sammy/Brunner will probably take left side and flips/Bert on right.

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I predict that Nyquist and Brunner both hit 15-20 goals and Jurco gets a call up for at least 4 or 5 games.

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There's absolutely no point in Nyquist being the 15th forward when he's a top 6 guy. If that's the case then either he or Brunner will be 1st line in GR.

I didn't put a lot of thought into it.

Here:

Nyquist - Datsyuk - Franzen

Filppula - Zetterberg - Brunner

Bertuzzi - Helm - Cleary

Miller - Abdelkader - Samuelsson

Eaves, Tootoo

I'm sure someone will have a problem with this one as well.

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I didn't put a lot of thought into it.

Here:

Nyquist - Datsyuk - Franzen

Filppula - Zetterberg - Brunner

Bertuzzi - Helm - Cleary

Miller - Abdelkader - Samuelsson

Eaves, Tootoo

I'm sure someone will have a problem with this one as well.

Nope. This is a likely scenario. I think 4 games in, it will be this though:

Filps-Dats-Nyquist

Brunner-Z-Franzen

Cleary-Helm-Bert

Abdelkader-Emmy-Tootoo

Miller- scratch

Eaves- hurt

Samuelsson- hurt

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Nyquist will play with flips and z. 18 goals, 23 assists.

He's a left wing. Not that this kinda thing is law or written in stone, but for a guy like Gus (playmaker, passer) ideally you use him on his natural wing. And Flip seems to work very well on Z's left.

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He's a left wing. Not that this kinda thing is law or written in stone, but for a guy like Gus (playmaker, passer) ideally you use him on his natural wing. And Flip seems to work very well on Z's left.

You seem to know more than I do about that, so I will trust u.

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That would be a great year. Im a little lower cuz i think pp points will be limited, as Sammy/Brunner will probably take left side and flips/Bert on right.

I'm banking on our top 6 still being the PP with Brunner and Gus included in that. I'm thinking that if Sammy's on the PP, he will be on the point and I don't see Bert taking the spot of a person that can contribute more on the PP at this stage of his career.

I didn't put a lot of thought into it.

Here:

Nyquist - Datsyuk - Franzen

Filppula - Zetterberg - Brunner

Bertuzzi - Helm - Cleary

Miller - Abdelkader - Samuelsson

Eaves, Tootoo

I'm sure someone will have a problem with this one as well.

The only thing i may add to this is that i don't see Tootoo being paid $2mil to be a 13/14th guy. He should be on the 4th line for sure. I'm thinking that Miller will be a tweener like Meech used to be. A healthy Eaves could jam things up too. If we're gonna see the likes of Tatar, Sheahan, Andersson or especially Jurco, then probably 2 forwards need to be traded.

Axe...Emmy will not see a single game in a wings "outfit" this year.

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I'm banking on our top 6 still being the PP with Brunner and Gus included in that. I'm thinking that if Sammy's on the PP, he will be on the point and I don't see Bert taking the spot of a person that can contribute more on the PP at this stage of his career.

The only thing i may add to this is that i don't see Tootoo being paid $2mil to be a 13/14th guy. He should be on the 4th line for sure. I'm thinking that Miller will be a tweener like Meech used to be. A healthy Eaves could jam things up too. If we're gonna see the likes of Tatar, Sheahan, Andersson or especially Jurco, then probably 2 forwards need to be traded.

Axe...Emmy will not see a single game in a wings "outfit" this year.

So wrong.

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I know Babcock is high on Brunner, but I would still be very suprised to see him in a top-six spot right from the start. There's going to be a major adjustment period coming to the NHL and the Red Wings don't typically rush players into large roles. Lines change all the time, but here's my preference as of now:

Franzen - Datsyuk - Nyquist

Filppula - Zetterberg - Samuelsson (prefer a healthy Cleary more, but Sammy needs someone like Z)

Cleary - Helm - Eaves (will likely be Bertuzzi here; think Eaves meshes better with Helm)

Miller - Abdelkader - Tootoo

No clue what to do with Bertuzzi -- I just know another season of Pavel playing with Franzen and Bert isn't the answer. I don't believe the Red Wings will actually scratch Bertuzzi, so Miller/Eaves rotating in and out of the lineup is probably a more realistic scenario. I honestly could do without both Bertuzzi and Samuelsson on the team altogether at this point.

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I know Babcock is high on Brunner, but I would still be very suprised to see him in a top-six spot right from the start. There's going to be a major adjustment period coming to the NHL and the Red Wings don't typically rush players into large roles. Lines change all the time, but here's my preference as of now:

Franzen - Datsyuk - Nyquist

Filppula - Zetterberg - Samuelsson (like a healthy Cleary more, but Sammy needs someone like Z)

Cleary - Helm - Eaves (will likely be Bertuzzi here; think Eaves meshes better with Helm)

Miller - Abdelkader - Tootoo

No clue what to do with Bertuzzi -- I just know another season of Pavel playing with Franzen and Bert isn't the answer. I don't believe the Red Wings will actually scratch Bertuzzi, so Miller/Eaves rotating in and out of the lineup is probably a more realistic scenario. I honestly could do without both Bertuzzi and Samuelsson on the team altogether at this point.

What about Emmerton?

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Call him "Emmy" now that he's a regular.

I'll call him Emmy because he's so soft and useless out there

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Emmy played 71 games. Thats a regular.

When we didn't have a logjam at forward, and with the rash of injuries last year all our forwards aside from Z who played all 82 averaged 71 or less games last year. The only way "Emmy" is in is if 4-5 other fwds are hurt.

I'm starting to believe that the biggest surprise this season is that we'll have to wait until next season to find out.

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