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So there are 4 spots going to kids. I believe Rasmussen has more than passed his audition. It's gonna be a close race between Zadina and Svech. On D, with all the talk of Hronek being the front runner, honestly I think Cholowski has been the one to earn the guaranteed spot on D. With Greens issue, it may not be a bottom 6 role either. He's done very well and there's no reason why he couldn't be top 4. The other D spot, IMO, is still up for grabs. It's a 3-way race between Hicketts, Hronek and Sulak. Back up front, if Frk is not ready to go, that opens up a 3rd forward spot to start the season.

Come Oct, we could be looking at Ras, Svech, Zadina, Cholowski and Hicketts all on the roster. Not to mention if Kronners knees cause him problems this year.

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35 minutes ago, The 91 of Ryans said:

I'll be eating some NFLD crow if Veleno > Rasmussen. Isn't that right @krsmith17 ?

Until then, I'm safely enjoying my place as a hardcore original member of team Razz.

Yes, that is correct. However, I think it's way too early for anyone to eat crow on our 2017 1st round pick. I think Rasmussen will end up being a better player than Tippett, but that's far from guaranteed at this point, and it certainly doesn't mean anything that Florida decided to send him back to junior for another season. I still think Vilardi will be a better player than Rasmussen though, as long as his current back issue doesn't hold him back too much.

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23 minutes ago, krsmith17 said:

Yes, that is correct. However, I think it's way too early for anyone to eat crow on our 2017 1st round pick. I think Rasmussen will end up being a better player than Tippett, but that's far from guaranteed at this point, and it certainly doesn't mean anything that Florida decided to send him back to junior for another season. I still think Vilardi will be a better player than Rasmussen though, as long as his current back issue doesn't hold him back too much.

Ah. The disclaimer!!

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6 minutes ago, The 91 of Ryans said:

Ah. The disclaimer!!

Vilardi missed the beginning of last season due to a back sprain suffered during summer training. He finished the season and dominated the OHL for the few months he was able to play. His back flared up again at the end of the season and he missed the World Junior Summer Showcase this summer. He also missed all of rookie camp / training camp and has yet to play a single pre-season game. I think the disclaimer is warranted. Maybe the Red Wings staff knew something about a back issue last June, and that's why they picked Rasmussen over the much more skilled Vilardi. IF Vilardi can get healthy (I think he will), I still think he'll end up being the better player, but IF he doesn't and ends up being a bust, I'll still give Holland the credit (and eat a heaping plate of crow), because at the end of the day, he picked the right player, regardless of circumstances.

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2 hours ago, The 91 of Ryans said:

I'll be eating some NFLD crow if Veleno > Rasmussen. Isn't that right @krsmith17 ?

Until then, I'm safely enjoying my place as a hardcore original member of team Razz.

Team BIG Mike reporting in

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Vilardi is lazy and he sucks!

12 hours ago, LeftWinger said:

I don't know how Tippett is doing in Florida, but when Ras is contributing to this team this year and actually proving he was the right choice, my new Nick name will be Crow-Daddy! :lol:

Does this mean that your manlove with the Tipp is over?

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Given that at least one of the two rookie defensemen will likely be spending a bunch of time in the press box, I would prefer that second spot go to Hicketts.  Otherwise I think Cholo and Sulak have looked the best of the defensemen.  Offensively I'd probably bring up Ras and go with Frk until such time as he can be traded (if he's playing decently well) or waived (if not).  Then bring Svech up.  Zadina should spend 2/3 of the season in the AHL learning how to play pro hockey and then come in like a house of fire after Nyquist is traded at the deadline. 

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1 hour ago, kipwinger said:

Given that at least one of the two rookie defensemen will likely be spending a bunch of time in the press box, I would prefer that second spot go to Hicketts.  Otherwise I think Cholo and Sulak have looked the best of the defensemen.  Offensively I'd probably bring up Ras and go with Frk until such time as he can be traded (if he's playing decently well) or waived (if not).  Then bring Svech up.  Zadina should spend 2/3 of the season in the AHL learning how to play pro hockey and then come in like a house of fire after Nyquist is traded at the deadline. 

This.

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59 minutes ago, kipwinger said:

Given that at least one of the two rookie defensemen will likely be spending a bunch of time in the press box, I would prefer that second spot go to Hicketts.  Otherwise I think Cholo and Sulak have looked the best of the defensemen.  Offensively I'd probably bring up Ras and go with Frk until such time as he can be traded (if he's playing decently well) or waived (if not).  Then bring Svech up.  Zadina should spend 2/3 of the season in the AHL learning how to play pro hockey and then come in like a house of fire after Nyquist is traded at the deadline. 

I'm on board with all of this.

 

Oct. 1

 

Mantha - Larkin - Nyquist

Athanasiou - Nielsen - Vanek

Abdelkader - Rasmussen - Frk

Bertuzzi - Helm - Glendening

Svechnikov/Turgeon

 

Kronwall - DeKeyser

Ericsson - Jensen

Daley - Witkowski

Hicketts

 

Howard

Bernier

 

Jan. 1

 

Nyquist to Pittsburgh for a 2019 2nd and 2021 3rd.

 

Abdelkader to Philadelphia for a 2019 2nd.

 

DeKeyser to Toronto for a 2019 2nd and 2020 3rd.

 

Mantha - Larkin - Zadina

Athanasiou - Nielsen - Vanek

Svechnikov - Rasmussen - Frk

Bertuzzi - Helm - Glendening

Turgeon/Smith

 

Kronwall - Green

Ericsson - Jensen

Daley - Witkowski

HIcketts

 

Howard

Bernier

 

Trade Deadline / Mar. 1

 

Green to San Jose for a 2019 2nd.

 

Howard to Winnepeg for a 2019 3rd.

 

Ericsson to Nashville for a 2019 2nd.

 

Kronwall to LTIR for good.

 

Mantha - Larkin - Zadina

Athanasiou - Nielsen - Bertuzzi

Svechnikov - Rasmussen - Frk

Turgeon - Helm - Glendening

Smith/Puempel

 

Daley - Cholowski

Sulak - Jensen

Hicketts - Witkowski

Hronek

 

Bernier

Larssen

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