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In Topic: #73 OA - Defenseman Vili Saarijarvi

Yesterday, 05:36 PM

Take it for what it's worth, but I noticed a number of favorable mentions regarding Saarijarvi and his play during today's camp on Twitter earlier today. Malik did a write-up on him, too.



So the Wings signed Vili Saarijarvi at the development camp.

Should they have done so?

Well, first and foremost, it's to control his playing future, and second, despite the fact that he's 5'10," not 5'9," and about 175 pounds...

Yeah. Yeah they should have, and I'm glad they did. Even on first glance, he's fleet-of-foot, he's got great positioning, his PACE is at pro level, not USHL level, and he looked better than anybody not named Dylan Larkin out there today. Saarijarvi can pass on the fly and pass where he wants the puck to go, not just where the puck should be when he's making the pass, his shot is hard and he has no problems whatsoever dealing with bumps and grinding. He reminded me of Joe Hicketts last summer, except that Saarijarvi has far better offensive skills, and again, that PACE is something that only stands out if you're really damn good. I was that impressed with him.

In Topic: Depth chart for RW/Griffins

Yesterday, 02:32 PM

Not sure if these have been tossed out there, but just stumbled upon them myself.



So, looks like both Kindl and Smith will be given chances to play under Blashill. Honestly, I don't really have an issue with it, TBH. With how close he was to XO, Marchenko and Jensen, he knows what he's going to get out of those three. Once he sees what he has in Kindl and Smith, he can make a more informed decision. Going to be interesting to see Smith get the PP and what he'll do with it.

In Topic: Depth chart for RW/Griffins

02 July 2015 - 12:54 PM

Svech is going back to Cape Breton unless he makes the wings, can't play in the ahl yet.

This. Don't think Turgeon will be playing in GR., either. Prob back to the Winterhawks.

Also, I imagine they bring back Hoggan and Aubry. They like their vets, and Aubry was qualified, if I'm not mistaken. I don't really see Nastasiuk in their top-six either, but I suppose we'll have to see.

In Topic: Red Wings sign D Mike Green (3-years, $18-million)

02 July 2015 - 12:39 PM

Really like the signing - just what the team needs. Solid top-four there.


Saw that Kenny was talking about moving someone. First inclination is to move Kindl, but if there aren't any takers, maybe they can ship off Quincey. He had a solid season, and there might be more teams willing to take a shot with him. Smith-Quincey just doesn't work as a pairing, and I'd like to see one of the RH shots down in GR used on this team. Smith-Marchenko looked solid in their short time together - think they'd be a decent bottom pair. I'd also like to see Jensen get a look there, too.

Kindl is what he is, but I'd rather leave 2.4 sitting on the bench than a prospect or 2.75 of Smith. Maybe they can flip KFQ for a pick or two.

In Topic: Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

02 July 2015 - 12:21 PM

Might be an unpopular opinion, but I would consider moving Helm. Krsmith, just looking at your proposed lineup, he looks out of place on that fourth line now, but I've got the exact same top-nine in mind. I can't see him getting "fourth-line" money. Who knows what he's going to ask for next offseason. Abdelkader and DeKeyser will be in for bigger raises, Sheahan and Mrazek smaller ones.

I'd like to see what the team has in Jurco and Pulkkinen, and they're in good shape with Larkin/Athanasiou not far behind. I wouldn't go so far as to call Helm expendable, but he had a good season and he's got younger guys right behind him with higher offensive ceilings.

Edit: Just to clarify, I don't think they'll move Helm. I think they'll kind of do a slow build with Pulkkinen, getting him to earn his ice time. If Mule is healthy, probably use Jurco on the 4th line with Miller-Glendening, which I'm not a fan of at all.