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#2180210 Hudler's Future

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 27 May 2011 - 01:46 AM

A playmaker is a player who initiates a play designed to create a scoring opportunity. That pretty much describes Hudler word for word. Think about the many times you've seen Hudler behind the net or off to the side, and set up a play and get the puck to Filppula, or Franzen, or perhaps Drew Miller or Justin Abdelkader? I've seen Hudler create goals from nothing in that situation, I've also seen-many times-guys take a good feed and fire it wide of the net, or into the logo, or whatever. Scoring chances don't always end up as goals.

And as for the numbers...

Hudler's assist numbers rank him tied for 129th in the league. But everyone else near him or above him is a defenseman or plays top-six forward time. If Hudler were to get that kind of time, he'd see his assists creep north of the 40 mark based on assists-per-minute. And that doesn't even factor in the time he played on the fourth line, with guys like Miller and Helm instead of playing with guys like Franzen and Datsyuk like most of the assist leaders.

You see, this is where I find your logic flawed. Hudler has always been able to make the most out of very little on this team - limited ice time, playing on the bottom two lines. He performed admirably in this role in the 2008 playoffs. However, apart from his hot streak with Datsyuk and Cleary this year, he has been Consistently Inconsistent © when given top-six ice time. He has been given chances and has never shown himself to be an invaluable and irreplaceable asset on the top two lines.

Regardless of the Red Wings' own lines, Hudler's game simply has too many holes to compete against other teams' top-sixes. He is too small, too slow, not strong enough, not good enough defensively to bring it on a consistent basis against players who are bigger, meaner, and faster than him. He can make plays, but far too often his size and speed restrictions, coupled with either his inability or his unwillingness to win tough battles for pucks, make him an easy target. When he has time, he can make some great passes, and he's quite good at capitalizing on defensive miscues and finding what space is available on the ice. Unfortunately, he rarely gets the kind of time to make passes that he needs when playing against the opposing teams' best players. For that reason, I don't believe he can cut it on the first two lines.

Just because he is small doesn't make him ineffective; Marty St. Louis is Exhibit A for small players being successful. The difference is that Marty has great wheels, is certainly a better playmaker than Hudler, and in my opinion St Louis simply plays harder than Hudler and wants to win more badly than Hudler does.

I don't know why I bothered to make this post, I doubt you're going to listen to anything I've said anyways.

#2174549 Our last playoff berth?

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 12 May 2011 - 11:32 PM

Columbus is farther east than Detroit... :unsure:

#2172477 Homer wear #15

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 11 May 2011 - 12:54 PM

I know he wears 96 for the year he came from Sweden (1996). When Scotty Bowman found out about this, he told him he should wear 98, for the year he's going to go back.
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#2148996 To Red Wings fans in Arizona:

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 14 April 2011 - 11:42 AM

Last year, he wanted Wings fans to stay away. This year, he realized that's not realistic so he wants us to wear white. What's in store for next year? :P

"Hey, you guys can come, but if you can just throw this free Coyotes jersey on while you're here, that would be great, thanks.."
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#2126443 3/5 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Coyotes 5 (SO)

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 05 March 2011 - 09:51 PM

Lmao, actually eating a hot dog on cam... awesome

#2123108 Seabrook extended for 5 years at $5.8 million per year

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 27 February 2011 - 03:32 PM


We're paying Raffi $6 million...

#2066971 Jonathan Ericsson Watch Thread

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 22 November 2010 - 11:24 AM

As far as excuses for not performing last year, Ericsson had a pretty damn good one.

Great, now I feel like an ass for thinking that Ericsson blew all last year. :blush:

#2065907 Why I'm Thankful Babcock is the Wing's coach

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 20 November 2010 - 02:55 PM

Wow they really made Ovechkin look good there. No way that flies on a team that actually works hard. Both of those guys could have stopped that even after Ovechkin blew past them.

I think you're getting confused :P

That was Alexander Burmistrov of Atlanta, not Ovechkin. The Caps are in white in that video.

#2062181 Flippula vs Hudler

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 12 November 2010 - 01:14 PM

I don't get it. Filppula is on pace for more points, he's faster, more defensively responsible, he takes faceoffs, he kills penalties, he can play on the power play, he's VERSATILE (ie. he can play with more than one set of linemates and his performance doesn't necessarily suffer. Unlike Hudler, who as eva can attest, plays poorly when he doesn't have good linemates). I simply can't see how you would ever pick Hudler over Filppula.

#2017604 NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 21 July 2010 - 12:23 AM

Good! This was an obvious example of cap circumvention and I'm glad the league had the gumption to stand up and shoot this thing down.

#2016289 How are you dealing with the off-season?

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 17 July 2010 - 01:44 PM

I guess some of us are inspired enough to find better, more productive things to do than get drunk.

Careful, it's an awfully long fall down from that high horse of yours. :rolleyes:

#2013703 Brett Lebda signs with Toronto

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 11 July 2010 - 12:30 AM

Whoever would've thought ex-Red Wing Mikeal Sammuelsson would hit the 30 goal mark?

I am not nearly as surprised about Samuelsson's 30 goals as I would be about Lebda's 40 points. Sammy showed flashes of brilliance and talent when he was here, but he didn't play with our best players enough to get him in a rhythm and keep his confidence high. Besides, Sammy is a good fit with the Sedins; he has a hell of a shot when he uses it correctly, and the twins create so much space on the ice that Sammy has tons of time to set up shop and rip one-timers. Hell, he even has enough time to aim them properly.

#2010033 Who's left?

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 04 July 2010 - 04:16 PM

Brendan Witt was waived by the Islanders. Do we really think he's going to play well here in Detroit?

#2009913 Evgeni Ryasenski

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 04 July 2010 - 10:34 AM

Please excuse me if I don't jump out of my skin because of this signing. Now when Holland drafts Hok Ptew tonight he'll say he didn't see the need for McIlrath on this team becuase of the recent defensive signings. I am so sick of all these stupid ass signings....

I know, me too. I hate when Holland picks up an undrafted defenseman with some potential and willingness to work and earn a spot in the lineup. I especially hate it when it comes at no cost to the team.

#2006699 Modano done in Dallas

Posted by ComradeWasabi on 29 June 2010 - 02:24 PM

Messier really doesn't fall into the same category as Sakic, Yzerman or Modano.

Thank you.