Meyers is a young Chara because he's 20 ft tall pretty much nothing else
We kept all our assets and gained at the very least, a 40 point dman who will likely score a lot more. Franson is a bad skater and will have trouble hitting 40 points and is also bad defensively. You have to be able to skate in today's NHL to play defense
Agreed...that's why I liked our decision to draft young Mr Sarvi...
Stamkos was a big, derfy pylon against us...that little motherf...Johnson killed us. If you can play..you can play. Do I want 6 5-10ish Dmen? No...but I don't want a unit full of 6-4 225lb sloths either. I'll have rom for a smaller slick skater puck moving PP running Dman every day and I won't care if he isn't a poster child for ideal "measurables"
Sarvi can skate, he did very well against high end competition in the U18 tournament , he shoots RH and his names is cool...besides..the league doesn't want you to graab guys on the chip and chase..they barely want you to touch them. Hard body checks...other than the big crosscheck in the corner are drawing more penalties and suspensions. That puts a premium on dmen that can turn their feet and keep guys in front of them as they move into the zone..it's almost like defending the baseline in basketball. You can't let that guy get a step and turn the corner. That puts a premium on skating.
I've seen Saarijarvi listed at 5-10...and he's only 18. Give him a few years to develop and you might have a 5-10, 190 lb RH defensman who can fly. If he doesn't fill out you have a RH Adam Almqvist who can skate and that still might be good enough to make it. Hell...the Adam Almqvist who couldn't skate as well almost made it. Hicketts? who knows...there seems to be so much offensive upside there, but 5-8 might be too short even for me.
Thanks to hockeystreams.com and Roku...I've seen a lot of nick Jensen over the past two years. He's an NHL caliber dman. I'll be disappointed if he doesn't get a real shot at camp this year
We signed KQ last year on FA day...even on one ankle he was very effective last year. He's not very flashy, doesn't try to lay the big hits that draw penalties and suspensions, but he uses his body and leverage around the cage better than anyone else we have
Crapping the bed? I like the Svechnikov pick a lot...we'll see about Vili Saarijarvi...we have four young Dmen that we need to sort out and it's not like a 3rd round pick is going to step in right away. I have no issue with them taking a guy who projects as a small RH dman that moves the puck well and can help the PP in a few years.
I've seen a fair number of Griffs games this year...I'll echo what krsmith said about Mantha...physically he has all the ability in the world and can dominate when he gets after it. the problem he has...like a lot of really talented athletes...is that he's finally reached a level where talent alone doesn't cut it. You have to work...it's paradoxical, the more talent you have, the harder you have to work because you have more skills to develop and refine. Jimmy D was 100% justified in raking Mantha like that. The kid has a huge opportunity in front of him as the Wings NEED scoring. He isn't putting forth the effort to grab that opportunity and run with it.
An WTH does Jensen have to do to get a shot in Detroit. Blazing speed, moves the puck well and decent size...and he's RH!! Every time I see him play I think "that's an NHL defenseman".