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#281 Richdg

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 12:46 PM

Wanted to go back and review this thread from the beginning. My first post was all about our strengths at G and D and the need for forwards. the second post was 3 targets for us to go after, one of which was larkin. Second year in a row that I had the draft pretty well nailed.

We ended up at 15, which back in January was the same spot. With our 7 picks we took 1 G and 6 forwards, all of which that are over 6ft tall. For years we had some crazy man crush on small players. The past 2-3 drafts we are finally drafting guys with modern NHL size. Overall great job by Holland and company!

Now we have no idea how any of these guys will turn out. The draft is all about getting value with each pick. This year we did it and didn't have any reaches. Very happy overall.

Once the season gets going again, I will still posting thoughts about the 2015 draft. But in about a week I will be taking a hockey break to enjoy the rest of the summer. waiting until the UFA period happens of course.



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 12:55 PM

Wanted to go back and review this thread from the beginning. My first post was all about our strengths at G and D and the need for forwards. the second post was 3 targets for us to go after, one of which was larkin. Second year in a row that I had the draft pretty well nailed.
We ended up at 15, which back in January was the same spot. With our 7 picks we took 1 G and 6 forwards, all of which that are over 6ft tall. For years we had some crazy man crush on small players. The past 2-3 drafts we are finally drafting guys with modern NHL size. Overall great job by Holland and company!
Now we have no idea how any of these guys will turn out. The draft is all about getting value with each pick. This year we did it and didn't have any reaches. Very happy overall.
Once the season gets going again, I will still posting thoughts about the 2015 draft. But in about a week I will be taking a hockey break to enjoy the rest of the summer. waiting until the UFA period happens of course.


I'm glad you're taking a break, you worked hard this season. Looking forward to 2015.

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 01:15 PM

Wanted to go back and review this thread from the beginning. My first post was all about our strengths at G and D and the need for forwards. the second post was 3 targets for us to go after, one of which was larkin. Second year in a row that I had the draft pretty well nailed.

We ended up at 15, which back in January was the same spot. With our 7 picks we took 1 G and 6 forwards, all of which that are over 6ft tall. For years we had some crazy man crush on small players. The past 2-3 drafts we are finally drafting guys with modern NHL size. Overall great job by Holland and company!

Now we have no idea how any of these guys will turn out. The draft is all about getting value with each pick. This year we did it and didn't have any reaches. Very happy overall.

Once the season gets going again, I will still posting thoughts about the 2015 draft. But in about a week I will be taking a hockey break to enjoy the rest of the summer. waiting until the UFA period happens of course.

 

You answered your own point.  Many years the Wings haven't had a 1st rounder, when they did it was often nearer a 2nd rounder.  So they had to go for "value" .  That often meant smaller, skilled players, or bigger less skilled players.  Because the big, skilled players are gone by picks 10-15.  

 

You think a 6-3 Kronwall is available at 29?  A 6-0 Hudler at 58?  A 6-2 Filpulla at 95?  A 6-2 Nyquist at 121?  A 6-1 Tatar at 60?

 

Most of our bigger, less skilled players didn't work out, whereas we had more success with the smaller, skilled guys.  But the last few drafts the Wings have publicly said they know the pendulum swung too far that way.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 03:24 PM

One early thought about 2015. we will not be drafting McDavid. So please stop now. LOL



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 03:26 PM

One early thought about 2015. we will not be drafting McDavid. So please stop now. LOL


Let's trade Mantha, Datsyuk, Z, Kronwall, all of our 2015 draft picks, and a game used Howe Jersey for the 1st pick.

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:36 PM

Any early predictions on who will be bad enough to land McDavid? If Florida could pull it off they'd have a nice start on a solid future.

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:42 PM

Any early predictions on who will be bad enough to land McDavid? If Florida could pull it off they'd have a nice start on a solid future.

Edmonton :P



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:57 PM

One early thought about 2015. we will not be drafting McDavid. So please stop now. LOL

This team as it is today will be a bubble team, so they could get McDavid, it's just very unlikely. But why rebuild when you can play 5 playoff games a year?


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 06:38 PM

Edmonton :P


They've had a top 10 pick in 7 of the last 8 drafts including 3 #1s in a row and the year they drafted outside the top 10 they still snagged Eberle in the 1st round. If they don't become a legitimate dynasty in the next five years the system is broken!

#290 PavelValerievichDatsyuk

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 08:47 PM

Any early predictions on who will be bad enough to land McDavid? If Florida could pull it off they'd have a nice start on a solid future.

Buffalo!!!



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:18 PM

Sabres and god knows they deserve some luck but I can't stand Murray

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:06 PM

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I like this kid already.


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#293 Richdg

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 07:31 PM

Maybe we are going after Mcdavid.......



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:42 PM

We are still better than Buffalo, Ottawa, Winnipeg, New Jersey, and Florida. So yeah weay end up woth a small shot at Connor...

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 01:03 PM

Next year's worst team will no doubt be one of Florida, Buffalo or the Islanders.


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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:20 PM

Next year's worst team will no doubt be one of Florida, Buffalo or the Islanders.


Watch Florida and buffalo make the playoffs and we don't.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:30 PM

My not-so-dark horse pick for the first overall pick next year: Ottawa Senators.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:43 PM

My not-so-dark horse pick for the first overall pick next year: Ottawa Senators.


They have become much worse but bad enough to outtank the Sabres? Tough call I could see the Wings and Senators battling for a top 5 pick but That David kid might be a reach

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#299 martinezsvsu

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:46 PM

sabers will be the worst team. id bet money on it. their front office is tanking on purpose. but they probably wont get the first pick though.



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Posted 04 July 2014 - 08:09 PM

Sabres will be the worst. They're doing the best rebuilds since Chicago and Pit. They're not half-assing it like Calgary. BTW I don't think we've sunk even close to that level yet.





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