A lot of the Wings needs, are already kind of filled. If we let these young guys grow, the holes in our roster will slowly melt away. Tatar, Nyquist, Jurco, Sheahan, DeKeyser need to be untouchable right now. They'll get better and better each year and the need for a goal scoring snipers, two way shutdown forwards and solid two way defensive men will go away without having to overpay for some name on the free agent market.
I think Holland will do what he's been doing, use cap space to lock up young guns and pick up some players that can fit into our system at a good price. While in the past this strategy has annoyed me, we're no longer in the "win now" way of thinking, which is unfortunate for Datsyuk and Zetterberg, but its what's best for the long term success of the franchise.
I think if Holland stays the course, we'll be a strong Cup contender in 2-3 years. The young guys have given me hope and showed a lot more quicker than I expected. Granted it was only a couple hockey analysts, but hearing people mention Nyquist's name for the Hart is very promising.
The problem with that is you can fill most spots with good drafting and developing - which the Wings are obviously doing - but replacing Datsyuk and Zetterberg ? Oh boy that's a huge task we are talking about two allstars with an almost perfect 200ft game and on top of that Holland would have to do it with high picks not an easy task at all.
I love the way Tatar, Nyquist, Dekeyser, Sheahan and even Jurco are progressing but I'm not expecting either them to become stars and for sure not allstars. The good thing is, Chicago will soon have to raise Seabrook, Toews and Kane in the same year and they won't have enough cap to do it so I know a lot of people don't like him but I would welcome Toews with open arms on this team.