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.
So it's Ken's fault that Suter CHOSE Minnesota? It's his fault that teams like Minny, Columbus and Washington are willing to overpay? Guys like Tatar and Nyquist HAVE played because of injuries to the guys you mentioned. They'll have full-time gigs when those guys leave.
Nugent-Hopkins before the injury.
Brad Marchand (first full NHL season, true rookie season).
What's your definition of "dominate"?
Every prospect we have on D is extremely boom-or-bust. You don't build franchises with feast-or-famine players.
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.
Three of those guys were top 5 picks (two were 1st overall). Detroit doesn't pick in the top five, thus, their prospects aren't handled like top five picks.