I'm not saying they'll never be good. But I don't like wait and see approaches in sports. You just waste years doing that. They will learn, but we won't become a stronger team by adding even more rookies. That's the Edmonton route. Some people want to just promote from within and I think that's a bad idea. It relies on too many flaky "ifs". Nyquist and Tatar will be beasts one day, but until then they need bonafide prime year players to bridge the learning gap years. Players don't learn from losing. Datsyuk and Zetterberg didn't learn by sucking. They learned because the team struggled but had reams of talent. That's all I mean. We need to keep trying to win to avoid complacency and installing a mediocre or losing culture. See: all the other perennial middling teams. Sent from my ADR6350 using Tapatalk 2
Maybe individual players don't learn from losing, but teams do. Look at the Wings of 20 years ago... after great regular seasons, they lost early to Toronto in '93, San Jose in '94, then got swept in the final by New Jersey in '95 even though they were far better on paper... came back only to lose to Colorado in '96 before finally winning it all in '97 and '98.
And didn't this team struggle but have a lot of talent? So didn't the young guys learn this year? Yes, they were outclassed by Boston in the first round, but Boston is probably the best team in the league. Won the President's Trophy, not by accident. They now see how they have to step up their game. I don't see the Wings sucking if they continue the youth movement, I see them being 2 years away from strong contention.
I am not calling for the young defensemen to be called up next year, at least not more than one at a time for some evaluation and experience. I want to see all the forwards stay, see Mantha get a legit chance to make the team out of camp, and see him, Pulkkinen, Athanasiou, etc, get short callups. I'm not sold on Ferraro and Callahan though, if they are let go, I wouldn't be too disappointed. I think Mrazek is our best option for backup goalie next year, as I see him taking over the #1 job by the start of the 16/17 season, if not during the 15/16 season. I don't want to see a handful of vets re-signed or brought in and take icetime away from the players who are already here, who have proven they deserve full-time roster spots. (The exception being a prime-age veteran defenseman, the blueline can use some immediate help.) I want to see a little space left open for callups. This is what I mean by continuing the youth movement, not just gassing every vet and bringing in rookies who aren't ready and playing them full-time.