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#2630810 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by Jesusberg on 14 October 2015 - 04:49 PM

I'd prefer to see Kindl in over Smith, but I'm biased - I've never been a big fan of Smith.

If I'm being as objective as I can, I don't think having one play over the other will make that big of a difference. I think Kindl's done a good job getting back to break up plays, and I think Smith's provided an edge that Kindl doesn't. Both of them still make bone-headed decisions with the puck/have a difficult time getting the puck out of the defensive zone. I'm just happy DeKeyser's coming back ahead of schedule.

#2630100 Dylan Larkin on opening night roster

Posted by Jesusberg on 12 October 2015 - 09:41 AM

I'll admit that he's played better than I expected, however it is still a very small sample size. It's not really that he changed my mind, I knew the kid was going to be good. But if we had the option to do it again, I'd still say he should start the season down in Grand Rapids, and I'm sure I'm one of the few that would say that, but that's okay.

He's looked great so far, and I'm sure he will be great over time (I've already anointed him our future captain...) But let's see how he handles his first bit of adversity, let's see how he handles going a few games without putting up points...

I'm wondering about this myself. Furthermore, I'm wondering how he'll handle the situation if the Red Wings decide to send him down to Grand Rapids. They can waive Andersson when Helm returns, but what happens when Datsyuk is back? Knock on wood, the team is healthy when that happens.

Is it worth it to expose Ferraro to waivers? Do they move Jurco or Pulkkinen? I don't see those moves as viable options. Larkin's been riding a "high" for about a year now. He's succeeded at every level and continued to climb the ladder. Yes, I'm curious as to how he'll handle a dry spell, but what about how he handles a "demotion"? I think he handles himself well, and he seems to be a mature kid - it'll be interesting to see how this pans out in the next 3-4 weeks.

#2628429 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by Jesusberg on 05 October 2015 - 01:14 PM

Why do we keep Cleary when we send better guys down doesn't make sense to me

I didn't like the Cleary signing when it happened - I still don't. He hasn't taken a job from anyone "better", though. Cleary's the 14th forward - a placeholder until Helm and Datsyuk return. If Ferraro is waived before Cleary, then there's something to complain about.

You're not going to have Athanasiou or Mantha sit every night in the NHL, instead of playing first-line minutes in the AHL.

#2628395 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by Jesusberg on 05 October 2015 - 11:30 AM

Jensen is fast. Other than that, he's nothing special. There's a reason the people who see these players every day on and off the ice choose one player over another.

I think his skating alone makes him special enough to play on the bottom pair. He's got great mobility on the blueline, he can rush the puck up the ice and get back to cover his position quickly. During the TC training camp, he spent some time as Ouellet's partner. While XO roamed, Jensen covered for him. His speed allows him to play a solid two-way game.

I also think he has a solid first pass out of the defensive zone. Ouellet might have better instincts, but I think the way Jensen performed during the preseason is enough reason to keep him up over Ouellet right now. At the very least, he deserves a shot to show what he can do during the regular season in the NHL.

#2628388 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by Jesusberg on 05 October 2015 - 11:15 AM

I'm floored he made the team, based on how they've operated in the past. It's crazy to think the kid basically went from possibly being sent down to Grand Rapids, to centering the top line.

Not shocked that Callahan, Miele and Lashoff went unclaimed.

#2628294 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by Jesusberg on 04 October 2015 - 08:06 PM

I can already anticipate the meltdown if Cleary stays and Larkin goes down. 


Just to prepare people, if that happens, it is NOT because Cleary "took" Larkin's roster spot.  It's because they didn't think Larkin was ready for a top 3 line role and didn't want him playing 10 minutes on the fourth line and/or being the 13/14 forward.  Cleary, on the other hand, is perfectly-suited to that role.  The two of them are not in competition for the same roster spot.



You stop it right now. Ken Holland is the devil and he hates youth.

#2628262 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by Jesusberg on 04 October 2015 - 01:59 PM

You know what? f*** it, I like it. Larkin showed this preseason that MAYBE, just maybe, he's NHL ready. Slap him in the top six until Dats gets back.


You Owe Larkin One?

#2628082 10/2 Exhibition GDT : Toronto Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 4

Posted by Jesusberg on 02 October 2015 - 09:24 PM

Potential unpopular opinions:

- I think Jimmy's earned the right to start next week in the opener. He's been solid all preseason.
- I still think Larkin should start in the AHL. He's good, but he can be great. Just needs to bulk up and fine-tune a few aspects of his game.

- Drew Miller has mad value, yo.

#2627995 10/2 Exhibition GDT : Toronto Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 4

Posted by Jesusberg on 02 October 2015 - 01:16 PM

The one thing kind of throwing me off is that Jurco is skating with the other group, again. He was with Nosek-Ferraro last game, so I'm assuming it'll be the same tomorrow night. Kind of weird to see him leading the team in plus-minus (+6) and stuck with a group that looks to be the 12th-14th forwards. At the very least, you'd think he'd be in over Miele.

#2627885 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by Jesusberg on 01 October 2015 - 12:03 PM

I was responding to Rick's comment about how we're going to fit all our young kids over the next two years.  I legitimately see all of those things happening in the next 2-3 years.  I don't believe Datsyuk will sign another deal.  I think Richards will be done after this year.  I think Quincey will be done after this year.  I don't see Miller or Andersson having long term futures, Andersson will likely be waived this season and Miller's contract is up at the end of this year.  I genuinely believe that barring injuries one of Kindl or Smith will be traded THIS year (recall, Smith was almost traded last year as part of the deal for Phaneuf). 


The only real stretches in my previous post are Helm (who I think will be allowed to walk at the end of his contract a la Filppula) and one of Nyquist or Pulkkinen (which was my preference, and not a likely Holland move for sure). 

I definitely think some are likely. If we're being specific to next season, I see Richards, Quincey, Miller and Andersson moving on. I'm not totally sold on Datsyuk retiring a year early; Franzen's more likely. I also think one of Smith/Kindl gets moved this year (or in the offseason), and one gets to finish his contract. I'd prefer to see Ouellet, Marchenko AND Jensen up next season, but I think it'll be two of the three. Sproul's on the outside looking in right now, IMO.

I can see a battle between some of the skilled players, but I think Nyquist is safe. I wouldn't be surprised to see Jurco and Pulkkinen pitted against each other, though. Different style of player, but they're going to feel a push from Mantha and Bertuzzi.

I'm torn on the Helm thing, but I'm definitely hoping for it. It just doesn't make sense to keep him with Larkin and Athanasiou on their way up soon.

#2627872 Dylan Larkin Scouting Report

Posted by Jesusberg on 01 October 2015 - 09:26 AM

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to see him play much this preseason. I'm sure some other members on this board haven't either. So it'd be great if those of you who've watched him can provide some analysis on his play style and potential ceiling.

From my limited viewings, he reminds me of Antoine Vermette, but with hopefully higher upside. Also sort of like a faster Toews with not-as-good hands. It seems like he's great at rushing the puck up the ice, but could work on his shot and strength in the corners. Is this accurate?

Them's fightin' words 'round here.

I'm inclined to agree with him needing to build some strength. While I think he could work on his shot, he's got solid accuracy and a good release. Could add more zip to it, though.

In addition, I've noticed that he has a tendency to overskate the puck. He's pretty good at erasing his "mistakes", though. Just needs to refine a few things.

#2627819 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by Jesusberg on 30 September 2015 - 07:18 PM

Just wow. What a nice play by all three guys.

#2627815 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by Jesusberg on 30 September 2015 - 07:14 PM

Is Sidney playing

On paper.

#2627762 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by Jesusberg on 30 September 2015 - 03:08 PM

I'd still be shocked if he starts the season in Detroit. We have way too many forwards and not enough spots. We shall see very soon though... 9 days, but who's counting...

I was/am thinking the same thing, but if Helm's out it could change the situation. If Blashill thinks he's outplayed one of Jurco or Pulkkinen, we could see something like:

Andersson, Jurco/Pulkkinen

I'm sure it seems unlikely, but the way they're treating Larkin seems different.

For the record, I'd rather he start in Grand Rapids and do the whole "big fish in a small pond" thing at first. Really, the way he's jumped from level to level in the last year worries me a little. He's played six games in the AHL. I almost think it would be worse for him to make the roster, then deal with being sent down. If he's sent down, it's more of a, "well this is the way things work in Detroit."

#2627754 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by Jesusberg on 30 September 2015 - 01:05 PM

I like this lineup a lot, but I do wish Blashill would get over this experiment with Glendening in the top 6. I'd much rather see Jurco up there. The only other thing I would change is switching Smith and Jensen... 

Agree with both of your proposed changes. If Blash is really taking a look at Jurco, let him play with offensive linemates. Run a third line of Nosek-Glendening-Ferraro.

Swapping Smith for Jensen - more than anything - is because it drives me nuts to see the team able to pull off a lefty-righty combo for each pair, but not do it.