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Most likely we will se B. Smith this year (this year could be 2013-2014s li) but no regulars like Nyquist,Tatar, Shaehan. Why are we different? Compared to, say, SJS who injected Couture in 2010 and who scored one of the most deciding goals that series....

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Nyquist and Tatar will be in the NHL should there be a season. Sheahan is not ready; he is too slow, he is not doing well in the AHL, and he is---as events have shown clearly---not mature enough.

Couture's goal was a total stinker. It came on a brainfart by Howard, who was likewise a rookie.

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Most likely we will se B. Smith this year (this year could be 2013-2014s li) but no regulars like Nyquist,Tatar, Shaehan. Why are we different? Compared to, say, SJS who injected Couture in 2010 and who scored one of the most deciding goals that series....

In the last few seasons we have brought up Helm, Abby, Ericsson, Howard, Kindl, Emmerton, and Mursak. We'll add Smith whenever the next season starts, with Nyquist, Brunner, and Tatar all likely in the competition, though they may need to wait a year.

Maybe if we'd had the 9th overall pick in one of our recent drafts we'd have someone like Couture. Tougher to find those guys at 19 or later.

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The Red Wings have been getting younger, particularly at a pretty rapid pace the past two summers. Like Buppy stated, the Red Wings have been picking in the 20's for two decades now so it's tougher to inject quality young talent than say a Chicago did.

Fortunately, nobody has scouted nor developed players from later rounds better than the Red Wings. Very few franchises can sustain success without having to go through a rebuild. 20 plus years in an era of free agency and parity is nothing short of impossible.

The crossroads are here now for the Red Wings. They are younger and haven't picked high plus other teams have caught up in scouting. We are going to see an adjustment period and it may not be pretty short-term, but you can also already see the evidence that the front office is adapting to the league. We have needed to get bigger, faster and younger for years.

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Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Sammuelson, Etc. We are infatuated with yesterday's news.

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Tatar and Nyquist are almost PPG in GR. I would love to see them transition them in and sammy and bert out in a year... smith will be up this year and we will need to transition ouellet and sproul to the ahl next season. Almquist has been a nice surprise so far so having those three in gr with smith up is nice to have for the future.

PS. Ferraro tearing it up in GR... just saying.

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Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Sammuelson, Etc. We are infatuated with yesterday's news.

Holmstrom is likely done, Bertuzzi is cheap for a veteran and I can't really argue the Samuelsson point.

That being said, look at the some of the names gone in just the past couple years alone: Lidstrom, Rafalski, Draper, Maltby, Osgood, Salei (RIP), Modano are no longer with the organization. It seems like the Red Wings have been the oldest team in the NHL forever and now I believe their average age is somewhere around 27.

I think the biggest concern out of this youth movement is the fact our three best players aren't exactly young still. Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall are 34, 32 and 31 respectively. Add another year probably to all three by the time they play another hockey game. The Red Wings have stayed great for so long because they always have that next wave ready to step in and take over. Does that exist somewhere internally now when those three are done or slowed down having not ever been blessed with high picks?

The Red Wings are in a different position going forward. When you win with a bunch of veterans, it's experience. When you lose, it's guys that are washed up. It's a tough balance to strike because I can almost guarantee there are going to be shortfalls to come with such a drastic roster transformation. I have said for years the Red Wings need new blood, but it makes me nervous when you consider the circumstances and the players getting replaced.

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Just spitballing.... If Jarnkrok and Pulkkinen come over next year we have a great year of development in GR ahead. Almost no veterans.

2013-2014 Griffins:

Tatar – Jarnkrok – Pulkkinen

Tvrdon - Sheahan – Jurco

Parkes - Ferraro - Pare

Hoggan - Andersson – Callahan

Aubry, Raedeke

Ouellet – Sproul

Almquist – Nicastro

Lashoff – Billins

Paetsch, Evans

Mrazek, McCollum

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We're not as old as everyone thinks.

Holmstrom is gone. Nyquist and Smith are locks. Tatar has a pretty decent chance and I believe he is still waiver exempt so there's no need to rush him necessarily. If he's not up full time, he'll certainly be the first injury call up. Brunner isn't exactly a youngster, but he's still a fresh face to the team.

Like most, I was never wild about the Bert and Sammy signings, but really they aren't that bad. Sammy with 30 goals two years ago, Bert's physical presence, etc. they are pretty decent for the next season or so. Babcock has put both of them on the 3rd line or lower before, so if they aren't performing, or if others are exceeding expectations there's no reason to think Bert and Sammy are locks for the top 6. I think Nyquist and Brunner will certainly get looks on the top two lines.

Then after this year, more FAs that could definitely be leaving Detroit.

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The Red Wings have been getting younger, particularly at a pretty rapid pace the past two summers. Like Buppy stated, the Red Wings have been picking in the 20's for two decades now so it's tougher to inject quality young talent than say a Chicago did.

Fortunately, nobody has scouted nor developed players from later rounds better than the Red Wings. Very few franchises can sustain success without having to go through a rebuild. 20 plus years in an era of free agency and parity is nothing short of impossible.

The crossroads are here now for the Red Wings. They are younger and haven't picked high plus other teams have caught up in scouting. We are going to see an adjustment period and it may not be pretty short-term, but you can also already see the evidence that the front office is adapting to the league. We have needed to get bigger, faster and younger for years.

I agree with everything in this post.

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From the sounds of things, Brunner will start the season on Zetterberg's line while Samuelsson is probably on Datsyuk's line. Helm, Cleary, Bertuzzi and Abdelkader have guaranteed spots which leaves 2 open for Tootoo, Miller, Nyquist, Tatar. I think Miller is probably in after last year's campaign, so it's between Tootoo and Nyquist. Probably Tootoo when we face St. Louis/Vancouver/etc. and Nyquist against weaker teams

Cleary is probably gone after this season and Bertuzzi will be Holmstrom, so I think by then guys like Tatar and Jurco will be full timers

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Sheahan can't even pass as a TeleTubey...

WRONG. Detroit athletes have a good track record of over-performing to the extreme after a DUI arrest. Zetterberg should beware of Sheahan taking the C soon.

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From the sounds of things, Brunner will start the season on Zetterberg's line while Samuelsson is probably on Datsyuk's line. Helm, Cleary, Bertuzzi and Abdelkader have guaranteed spots which leaves 2 open for Tootoo, Miller, Nyquist, Tatar. I think Miller is probably in after last year's campaign, so it's between Tootoo and Nyquist. Probably Tootoo when we face St. Louis/Vancouver/etc. and Nyquist against weaker teams

Cleary is probably gone after this season and Bertuzzi will be Holmstrom, so I think by then guys like Tatar and Jurco will be full timers

So Brunner gets top 6 minutes, but Nyquist gets subbed with TooToo ? Don't think so. Nyquist after playing like he is in the AHL, will either be top 6 (especially since Brunner hasn't even played in NA yet) or on the third line.

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From the sounds of things, Brunner will start the season on Zetterberg's line while Samuelsson is probably on Datsyuk's line. Helm, Cleary, Bertuzzi and Abdelkader have guaranteed spots which leaves 2 open for Tootoo, Miller, Nyquist, Tatar. I think Miller is probably in after last year's campaign, so it's between Tootoo and Nyquist. Probably Tootoo when we face St. Louis/Vancouver/etc. and Nyquist against weaker teams

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We also have Emmerton, Mursak, and Eaves in the mix. I wouldn't think Nyquist, Tatar, or Brunner would have a sure roster spot, considering they are all waiver exempt and we won't have a real training camp. They may have to wait for next year, or at least an injury to create an opening.

Of course, we may not have hockey until next year anyway...

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The Red Wings have been getting younger, particularly at a pretty rapid pace the past two summers. Like Buppy stated, the Red Wings have been picking in the 20's for two decades now so it's tougher to inject quality young talent than say a Chicago did.

Fortunately, nobody has scouted nor developed players from later rounds better than the Red Wings. Very few franchises can sustain success without having to go through a rebuild. 20 plus years in an era of free agency and parity is nothing short of impossible.

The crossroads are here now for the Red Wings. They are younger and haven't picked high plus other teams have caught up in scouting. We are going to see an adjustment period and it may not be pretty short-term, but you can also already see the evidence that the front office is adapting to the league. We have needed to get bigger, faster and younger for years.

Ya, why should the Wings draft a TJ Oshie (#24) Matt Niskanen (#28) Steve Downie (#29) James Neal (#33) Marc Edourad Vlasic (#35) Paul Stastny (#44) when Jakub Kindl (#19) is available...Kenny seemed to do very well this last draft, but he blew it in 2005...God forbid he ever finds himself with a top 5 pick.

I know the draft is a gamble and a lot of teams drop the puck persay, but all this talk about how the team isn't young and great because of the Wings drafting in the 20's year after year, I find it funny how the one time he is in the teens, he blows it with a wasted player who won't be on this team too much longer....

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Because of a big injection of 3rd and 4th line and veteran's who still have contracts yet expired.

Personally I think we would have been better to try Nyquist, Brunner and Tatar and if they didn't all work out have cap space for a trade and hopefully land a big fish but Kenny has more experience and success at these things than I do.

Ya, why should the Wings draft a TJ Oshie (#24) Matt Niskanen (#28) Steve Downie (#29) James Neal (#33) Marc Edourad Vlasic (#35) Paul Stastny (#44) when Jakub Kindl (#19) is available...Kenny seemed to do very well this last draft, but he blew it in 2005...God forbid he ever finds himself with a top 5 pick.

I know the draft is a gamble and a lot of teams drop the puck persay, but all this talk about how the team isn't young and great because of the Wings drafting in the 20's year after year, I find it funny how the one time he is in the teens, he blows it with a wasted player who won't be on this team too much longer....

I know he drafted Emmerton when he couda had Lucic. Lucic nis the exact type of forward we have needed for a long time. Maybe Kenny's losing it???

We're not as old as everyone thinks.

Holmstrom is gone. Nyquist and Smith are locks. Tatar has a pretty decent chance and I believe he is still waiver exempt so there's no need to rush him necessarily. If he's not up full time, he'll certainly be the first injury call up. Brunner isn't exactly a youngster, but he's still a fresh face to the team.

Like most, I was never wild about the Bert and Sammy signings, but really they aren't that bad. Sammy with 30 goals two years ago, Bert's physical presence, etc. they are pretty decent for the next season or so. Babcock has put both of them on the 3rd line or lower before, so if they aren't performing, or if others are exceeding expectations there's no reason to think Bert and Sammy are locks for the top 6. I think Nyquist and Brunner will certainly get looks on the top two lines.

Then after this year, more FAs that could definitely be leaving Detroit.

Bert's physical presence just isn't there far too often.

I think he is either afraid of getting hurt and/or hurting someone again

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I know he drafted Emmerton when he couda had Lucic. Lucic nis the exact type of forward we have needed for a long time. Maybe Kenny's losing it???

Emmerton was one of the highest-ranked North American prospects in that draft and was still available in the second round. Lucic was not especially well-known. 30 teams passed on him in the 1st round, and then another 19 in the second. Everyone loves hindsight.

There are plenty of big, strong hockey players who have failed to cut it in the NHL.

Ya, why should the Wings draft a TJ Oshie (#24) Matt Niskanen (#28) Steve Downie (#29) James Neal (#33) Marc Edourad Vlasic (#35) Paul Stastny (#44) when Jakub Kindl (#19) is available...Kenny seemed to do very well this last draft, but he blew it in 2005...God forbid he ever finds himself with a top 5 pick.

Again, everyone loves hindsight. You're forgetting that every single team passed on Neal, Vlasic, and Stastny at least once.

We also have Emmerton, Mursak, and Eaves in the mix. I wouldn't think Nyquist, Tatar, or Brunner would have a sure roster spot, considering they are all waiver exempt and we won't have a real training camp. They may have to wait for next year, or at least an injury to create an opening.

Of course, we may not have hockey until next year anyway...

Eaves has no ETA on his return yet, which means it's probably awhile away. Emmerton is 100% expendable.

Brunner will start in the NHL. This has been clear since he signed.

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Again, everyone loves hindsight. You're forgetting that every single team passed on Neal, Vlasic, and Stastny at least once.

Yes, I know, its like that in any draft year...

Eaves has no ETA on his return yet, which means it's probably awhile away. Emmerton is 100% expendable.

Brunner will start in the NHL. This has been clear since he signed.

The way I see it, BOTH Emmy and Mursak are the expendable ones...If Eaves return is doubtful, one of those two have a bit more time here than they should. I believe in the end Miller and Eaves will be here over those two...

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Yes, I know, its like that in any draft year...

Correct. No GM is perfect, Holland included. However, Holland has done what no other GM in the league has: he found two superstars in the late rounds of the draft, in addition to finding numerous good players in the early and middle drafts also. Bear in mind that he was also playing a big part in drafting while he was assistant GM.

It's not easy to keep a team loaded like this without top-ten draft picks. The Wings are the only team over the past 20 years to never have a pick in the top ten. It's one of the prices of consistent success.

The way I see it, BOTH Emmy and Mursak are the expendable ones...If Eaves return is doubtful, one of those two have a bit more time here than they should. I believe in the end Miller and Eaves will be here over those two...

I agree completely. That said, Emmerton is useless in almost every way. Mursak is at least remarkable in his skating and plays with passion; he's got potential. Emmerton, meanwhile, does almost nothing on the ice. He's not even good at playing defense.

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Ya, why should the Wings draft a TJ Oshie (#24) Matt Niskanen (#28) Steve Downie (#29) James Neal (#33) Marc Edourad Vlasic (#35) Paul Stastny (#44) when Jakub Kindl (#19) is available...Kenny seemed to do very well this last draft, but he blew it in 2005...God forbid he ever finds himself with a top 5 pick.

I know the draft is a gamble and a lot of teams drop the puck persay, but all this talk about how the team isn't young and great because of the Wings drafting in the 20's year after year, I find it funny how the one time he is in the teens, he blows it with a wasted player who won't be on this team too much longer....

Hindsight is easy in the drafting process. You could make a long list of misses and poor selections for every team in the league. Cherry-picking the Kindl move doesn't mean Holland can't draft. I would also argue that the gap between top-five and 19th is massive most years. It's very tough to blow drafting that high because the best prospects are typically can't miss.

26 teams also passed on Brendan Smith and that looks pretty promising going forward.

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I'm sure that there are 29 teams who kick themselves constantly for each passing on Datsyuk at least five times and Zetterberg seven times. It really does work both ways.

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what if it looks something like this at the end of the season......(should there be one)

Val - Pavs - Mule

Goose - Hank - Brunner

Tatar - Cleary - Sammy

Bert - Helm - Toots

We have so many spare parts right now

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what if it looks something like this at the end of the season......(should there be one)

Val - Pavs - Mule

Goose - Hank - Brunner

Tatar - Cleary - Sammy

Bert - Helm - Toots

We have so many spare parts right now

Why in the world would our roster look anything like that?

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what if it looks something like this at the end of the season......(should there be one)

Val - Pavs - Mule

Goose - Hank - Brunner

Tatar - Cleary - Sammy

Bert - Helm - Toots

We have so many spare parts right now

Is "Goose" Emmerton's nickname?

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