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#2608172 Dylan larkin #5 prospect out of top 50 on hockeysfuture

Posted by Jesusberg on 17 May 2015 - 10:59 AM

His dad was an NHL player so that means he's better than other prospects.
Can we please not call him Dylark. It sounds stupid.

If people stop calling him Dylark, we can't pose the following question:

"Who are the five best prospects of all time? Think about it. Dylark. Dylark. Dylark, Dylark, Dylark. Because he spits hot fire."

I don't think it's something we can afford to lose. (Also, I'm sure someone else has made this observation. Full credit to Dave Chappelle... then you.)

#2598478 Zach Hyman Won't Be Signing With Florida

Posted by Jesusberg on 23 April 2015 - 10:12 AM

Thanks for the list man ... Didn't think guys from Grand Rapids like Miele and porter would count ... I see quite a few guys leaving and making place for other guys for us to sign anyways

As for hyman he doesn't cost us anything so if he can be had for free then just sign him and whatever happens happens

Gotta think porter Miele Aubry McCollum cole cleary etc... Will most likely not return thus giving us space to sign him and mcnulty/wheaton and a free agent or 2

If he doesn't pan out I can't see a team not taking a chance on a 23 yr old kid with potential


I think Miele, McCollum and Aubry will be brought back. I can't seem to find it now, but there was a quote from Blashill recently saying that he thinks Aubry has more to offer. At the very least, I don't think it would hurt to keep him as a fourth-line center. I also think they'll keep McCollum around because of how he played down the stretch  - Jake Paterson will likely start in Toledo. I agree about letting the other guys go, though. I think Porter is expendable, Cleary is done and I'm worried about Cole's health (though, I would want to hang onto a healthy version of Erik Cole).

Kind of a dark horse for a contract, but I wonder what the brass thinks of Mark Zengerle. He was sixth in scoring among GR forwards. I'd prefer Hyman over Zengerle, for the record. Two years younger and more upside.

I have a feeling well keep miele. Career top six ahlers arent a bad thing to have around, especially when you have so many skilled guys coming through.

But I don't know the rules on two way contracts/contract limits and whether or not miele has given up on being an nhler, or if the wings ever have plans to bring him up.

So if we're under the contract limit, signing him couldn't hurt.

That's the question with Miele. I like him down in GR - gives the team some real scoring depth. They're going to be an inexperienced team up front next season. We're probably looking at a top line with Hoggan-AA-Mantha on it and Tvrdon-Nosek-Frk as a line. It would be nice to have a line with some experience on it. Perhaps Bertuzzi-Miele and another winger. Even with guys like Pulkkinen, Ferraro (and hopefully Callahan) moving up, they've got a solid team.

#2598367 Zach Hyman Won't Be Signing With Florida

Posted by Jesusberg on 22 April 2015 - 07:46 PM

Everyone know how many contracts the wings have locked up? 50 is the limit right? If we dan get human for free than why not

As for mcnulty and wheaton I'd sign them both ... We all know our weakest position is at d and these 2 kids are still ... Well ... Kids and they are both huge guys so I'd locked them up

Back from a January article

"Marc has always been a player we have coveted off the Cougars roster...Marc is a big and mobile defenseman. He has shown some offensive abilities and also can play with an edge."

Wheaton article


This says we're at 49 contracts: https://docs.google....p=sharing#gid=0

As for Hyman, I think it's worth a shot, but I also think it's important to temper our expectations. Anyone remember Willie Coetzee? He showed some chemistry with Ferraro the year that Landon scored 37 in Red Deer. Doesn't always work out...

#2598260 Zach Hyman Won't Be Signing With Florida

Posted by Jesusberg on 22 April 2015 - 11:55 AM

I wouldn't mind if they offered him a contract. They'll be shedding a few and I'm not sure if any of the prospects with a '15 deadline will be signed (McNulty, Wheaton, Marshall or Hudon). Not sure what Hyman's endgame is (I'm guessing he may want to jump right into the NHL), but I'd be comfortable taking a chance on him. He'd have to start in GR, though.

#2595191 Franzen on IR

Posted by Jesusberg on 17 April 2015 - 10:14 AM

The guy needs to retire. Not because it helps us with the cap, not because he isnt the same player, not because he floats around. He needs to retire because enjoying the next 60 years of his life is more important then a game.


I wish him the best, nobody deserves this. Just sucks.

This is pretty much as spot-on as it gets with this situation.

#2595180 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Jesusberg on 17 April 2015 - 06:45 AM

Hicketts is only 18-years-old (19 in May), anyway. He'll be spending another year in the WHL for sure, then jumping into the mix the situation clears up down there on defense.

Good for Bertuzzi. Jump in, score a goal.

Edit: Highlights here: http://sendtonews.co...tory/fktnwLxS98


Bert's goal is @ :40 of the second period clip. Definitely a soft goal, but I'm sure he'll take it.

Nosek's goal in the first period was a beauty. Great assist on Porter's goal in the second period, too.

#2593444 S'matter Yzerman, afraid of the jersey you wore for so long?

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 April 2015 - 02:17 PM

Yzerman: "And then I said, 'sure, I'll be your GM. Maybe we'll even beat the Red Wings in the first round one day...'"




#2593400 S'matter Yzerman, afraid of the jersey you wore for so long?

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 April 2015 - 11:22 AM


Because the Tampa Bay lightening and their turd fans are now the opposition.  And every thing they do is therefore stupid, sucky, and asinine.  Whereas everything we do is absolutely right on a cosmic (almost divine) level.  Because it's the playoffs...and they're stupid, and we rule. 

I should have known better  :lol: 

Though, what I said wasn't directed at you. I've seen this stuff all over. Makes little sense to me.

#2593388 S'matter Yzerman, afraid of the jersey you wore for so long?

Posted by Jesusberg on 15 April 2015 - 10:36 AM

Honestly, why do you guys/gals even care? Were/are you planning on going to Tampa Bay for game 1? I really don't see the issue with this - it's home ice. If a team wants to fill a building with their fans, that's their prerogative. Unless you live in Tampa and/or planned on making the trek down there, why do you even care at all? Seems like something to complain about.

#2592269 Brendan Smith

Posted by Jesusberg on 11 April 2015 - 02:57 PM

I'm annoyed that he doesn't just take responsibility and admit he screwed up. Stop tip-toeing around it. "It was a mistake, I screwed up."

I'd respect him a lot more for being accountable.


#2592101 Brendan Smith

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 04:07 PM

Smith is better then most of our defenseman.  Lets not act like this thread would be made if he didnt make a dumb mistake last night.  Yes he can make silly plays, but everyone of our defenseman does the same s***.  DeKesyer hasnt been that great this year but since hes everyones boy toy (probably because hes from Michigan), you dont hear much about him.  Kronwall turns it over, same with Ericsson.  Quincy is probably most reliable.  But i guess since everyone had high hopes for Smith he gets bashed on the most.

I also like when people talk about "hockey smarts" like they actually played the game at a high level and understands what it takes.  I guess its really easy.

Ericsson and Kronwall have both taken s*** recently from quite a few people on the forum, especially E.

You don't hear much about DeKeyser because he doesn't make too many glaring errors. He's has some issues as of late. I've noticed that he's made some poor decisions with the puck. More often than not, he can get the puck out of the zone. At the end of the day, that's really what I want from a second-pairing guy - just be reliable.

It doesn't take a ten-year veteran to see that DeKeyser is much more patient with the puck in his own zone. He slows the play down - he finds his out and makes the pass. Smith tosses the puck around like an epileptic hamster at times. That's why he gets harped on.

#2592077 Redwings recall Marchenko

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 02:25 PM

Looks like I was wrong about Jurco's paper transaction counting against the recalls. My bad, ya'll

Babcock mentioned that some guys are playing hurt. I doubt Marchenko replaces Smith.

Yup. I'm expecting Kronwall to get a rest. Guessing Kindl jumps in for whoever else they want to give the day off.

#2591986 Definition of a real fan

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 09:33 AM

And I guess I'll say this here too. In the context of making a prediction about the outcome of a game, I don't understand why people get so bent out of shape about someone predicting a loss. The point of a prediction, after all, is not to be unreasonably optimistic. The point is to be right about the outcome. If the team has been playing poorly, it isn't a stretch by any means to expect it to continue until given a reason otherwise.


And along those lines, I don't see the point to posts along the lines of "Well I know he's not playing great right now, but I'm going to blindly support him through it so when he finally does come through I can say 'I never lost faith in you'"

And I'm not saying you shouldn't hope that they bounce back, I think everybody hopes they do. But it seems more about telling all the "Haters" that you were right and they were wrong, when in fact the "haters" were just giving an honest assessment of the situation as it stood at that time.


I guess what I'm trying to say is when a player or team is performing poorly, there isn't anything wrong with saying so.

In response to the first bolded part, I get what you're saying. I think sometimes, though, there are members who continuously predict the team losing. It's one thing to predict that the Wings are going to lose to a "superior" team, or when they're in the middle of a funk. It's another to jump into every GDT and spew the same, "This team is soft - Ken Holland is garbage. We're losing 5-0."

To the second bolded portion, I think this discussion might be better served in another thread. I'm guessing it's in reference to Howard vs. Mrazek.

#2591978 Brendan Smith

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 09:18 AM

I think Smith is strong on the puck, has better defensive positioning than in previous seasons and is quicker than some of the other defenders on this team.

What kills me the most are the turnovers. You can almost always count on Smith having the puck behind/around the Wings' net and putting it on the other team's stick two-three times in a game. Those bury your team. At some point, he should have realized how to make those simple plays. It baffles me that he's never been able to refine that aspect of his game. Then, of course, the stupid penalties...

Either way, I expect him to play tomorrow. I'd be shocked if Babcock didn't give Kronwall a rest.

#2591947 Definition of a real fan

Posted by Jesusberg on 10 April 2015 - 08:00 AM

Let's see how long this can go without being shut down. Seriously. Let's think of it as a challenge.

Personally, I think every fan has a right to be negative. I get mad at this team all the time. For me, the important thing is putting into perspective later on - weeding out the reactive stuff from the "this is actually an issue" stuff. Initially, I was upset with the way Detroit clinched, then I read the article where Babcock said he didn't think this team was even a contender in July. It's easy to think "wow, they p***** it away", but really... they made it. Who cares how? Los Angeles and Boston are out, and the Red Wings just keep rolling. Model of consistency. I lost my perspective in the mess that was March, but I'm appreciative that this team has been this good for this long.

I think we're always going to look at another fan who views aspects of this team differently and say, "that's not how to be a fan". It's just how it is...