That's what most said about Zetterberg and Datsyuk. That they are nowhere near as good as Yzerman and Fedorov and never will be and that the big problem is that we have no replacements.
Nyquist and Tats are going to be star NHLers, It's not likely they will be as good as Datsyuk and Zetterberg but we have a lot more talent in our system now, then we ever have as long as I have been a Wing fan (more than 30 yrs) to work with them.
And I don't know why you go on with this charade pretending to be a Wings fan when you are truly a Wild fan. You did this last time until someone found you on the Minnesota boards and then you showed your true colors. Exuberant in the Wings failed attempt and Wild's success at signing Suter and Parise . I think it might be the biggest mistake they ever made.
wasn't me. to the best of my knowledge I have never been to any other hockey teams forums. not my thing. I don't even go to other teams sites to talk trash. Not my style and honestly who cares about other teams? I don't.
Now let's talk about when Z and Dat started. Together they played a combined..... 0 games in the minors. They came over and earned starting (3rd line) jobs right off of the bat, on a team that was loaded with talent. That is a big difference than now. Now wea re talking about guys in the 3rd, 4th 5th years in the minors, and team with depleted talent, and they can't win a job.
It seems like very couple of years we get the company line about some young stud "that we are sure is going to be a star, hate to send down, hope he clears waivers" etc.... Then we lose them. How many become stars? Rittola? Nope. Kopescky? Nope. (Yes I am sure I misspelled their names, no offense meant, just to lazy and at work).
15-20 years ago we had lightening strike. Not once, not twice, but 3 times. Z, Dat, and Homer were far better than anyone thought they were going to be. Great job by our team. But back then, very few other teams were scouting europe as much as we where. Now everyone does. There just are not many hidden gems to be found. If those gems are found, everyone learns about them quickly.