The past two seasons are Z's worst years since his rookie season. Guy really needs to reinvent himself this summer
He needs to quit wasting energy floating past scoring areas. He needs to stop at the top of the crease or get to an open area where he can sizzle the puck off a pass without hanging on to it for even a second.
I don't care what anyone says about this. Agree or disagree. DeKeyser is the best Dman I've seen with his stick at reading plays and poking the puck away from the opposition since our boy Nick Lidstrom. We need this kid on the ice for 25 minutes a game shutting down the other teams best players.
I still think he's the best gm... By far.
A lot of posters here think he is on the decline because he hasn't landed a lot of big name free agents/trades but think about this:
29 teams didn't land parise or suter
29 teams didn't land semin
29 teams didn't get bouwmeester
29 teams didn't land Justin Schultz....... Holand did manage to land Brunner and dekeyser who both look very promising.
Most teams' rebuilds look like Edmonton's or Calgary's or buffalo's. Holland managed to construct a major rebuild without even missing the playoffs (hopefully), and he kept our prospect pool intact. (He strengthened it if you consider dekeyser a prospect.
Good job Kenny!
We have possibly the best D depth in the league for prospects, and goalies coming up in Mrazek and Patterson.
The only real thing the Wings need to get back on top is a legit power forward and a sniper. 2 pieces away from being cup contenders or possible favourites in 1-2 years.
Does everyone remember the last goal he got where Nyquist passed him the puck when he was on his off wing ready for a one-timer and he hammered it home a la Stamkos and Ovechkin? If he was able to play left wing (I think he's on the right side) and line up there all the time and had a heads up passer like Gus who puts it on the tape he'll get a lot more of those and his value will be even greater. This just falls into the thread as well "the Wings have no offensive creativity". Babcock just needs to keep set pairs together. Z-Dats, Brunner-Goose, and Mule-Flip and slot guys around them if he wants a puck retriever. Brunner's 1st season, he's had at least 1 shift with probably every forward on the Wings. There's no continuity. He's in a new league getting to know new linemates every 5 shifts.