Can you see into the future? Seriously, I have never seen one prospect on any team come out and just dominate in the NHL the first year. All the defense prospects we have are pretty good actually, I have watch some of these players play. There not going to be the next Lidstrom there rookie year but things look promising.
Nugent-Hopkins before the injury.
Brad Marchand (first full NHL season, true rookie season).
Jordan Eberle was no slouch.
What's your definition of "dominate"? Of course rookies aren't going to "dominate", depending on your definition. "Dominate" is a subjective term. Stars? Plenty of those amongst first-year NHLers.
Every prospect we have on D is extremely boom-or-bust. You don't build franchises with feast-or-famine players.
Its all the contradictory BS that Holland has been feeding the world that gets most of us. He says 'We need to get better via free agency, he s**ts the bed in Free agency. Then he says 'We will explore trades over the summer/during the season/at the deadline to address our needs', come trade deadline he sh*ts the bed again. Now he says 'We need to build around our youth and the draft' and yet, he keeps players like Sammuelson, Bertuzzi, Cleary, et al in the line up at the expense of younger NHL level talent in the minors, and also doesn't trade the tradeable assets to build more youth into the system.
This is enough to make ones head spin. I wish he wouldn't treat the fan base like we are stupid and do what he says for once.
I agree to a certain extent. I think it's more his complete and utter failure to acquire anything of real, lasting quality since Hossa that creates it. This fanbase is hungry for a move that gets us going. We want to see a new face and watch him play. I'm included in that crowd. We're out of luck, however, as the rebuild is upon us and there won't be much to cheer for for a few years coming.
Edited by DetroitRedWings1993, 03 April 2013 - 06:18 PM.