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#2605874 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 May 2015 - 07:23 AM

I've watched a lot of Griffins this season (40-50 games) and I watched all 5 games of the first round against the Marlies, and one thing is for sure, this team is legit. Even with them being down 2-0 in the series, I had a strong feeling that they would come back to Grand Rapids and win the series. After they lost game 1, I made a bet with my two jackass Leafs friends that they would win the series. I ended up winning two cases of beer last night. :cool:

 

All of this talk about our center depth and no one has mentioned Tomas Nosek? He was without question, one of our best players in the first round. He's a big body, that protects the puck as well as anyone, and has very deceptive foot speed and hands. He flat out makes things happen in the offensive zone. Last night he split two defenders, dangled around a third man back, waited out the goaltender and feathered a beautiful pass over to Hoggan for the wide open net. Unfortunately Hoggan ended up hitting the post on the play, but nevertheless it was highlight reel material. I'm not saying he will do that at the NHL level but the skill is definitely there and the kid is still only 22 years old, in his first season of North American pro hockey. I think the potential of him making it as a 2nd/3rd line center is definitely there.

 

Pulkkinen has also been very good, but it kind of worries me a little that he still does his one go-to move; walks in over the blue line, puts on the breaks and winds up for the holy slapper. Sure, it works in the AHL but it clearly doesn't at the NHL level. I know he won't ever be the type of player that dangles past defenders but I think he needs a little more than that shot to make it in the NHL as anything more than a 3rd line winger / power-play specialist. In saying that, I don't think 15 goals on the power-play alone is out of reach next season if the Wings would actually use him correctly (ala Stamkos / Ovechkin, hovering around the left faceoff dot).

 

Despite Pulkkinen's huge numbers, I think the best player in Grand Rapids is Athanasiou. The kid is electrifying and is dangerous any time he's on the ice with that blazing speed. The comparison to Fedorov, although it may sound a little far fetched right now, I don't think it's out of the question either. Some of the similarities in their games are definitely there. The way they can take over a game with their speed, their hands, their size, etc. No, I don't think Andreas is going to put up 120 points in a season the way Sergei did, but I do think a few 80-90 point seasons at the NHL level could be within reach. People seem to forget that he is only 20 years old and in his first pro season. He has had a smoother transition from junior to pro than any prospect we've seen in our system in a looong time.

 

Bertuzzi is looking great as well, and although I thought he may max out as a 3rd or a very good 4th liner at the NHL level, I don't think the top 6 is out of the question. He's looking like he could potentially mature into a bigger Marchand type of player. I do still think 3rd/4th line duty is most likely, especially with our depth on the wings, but he continues to impress and exceed expectations at every level.

 

It is still mind boggling to me that Frk is once again out of the lineup. I thought he played great down the stretch in the regular season and in the first two games of the series (despite being losses). I guess it wasn't the worst decision to take him out, since the team rallied back and won the series but I do think he is an upgrade over a couple players in the lineup. One being Hirschfeld (the guy that got the game winner last night...) and the other one being Porter. It seems like he is getting the Weiss treatment, in that he can produce all he wants but he'll still be yanked from the lineup the first chance the coach gets...

 

Ouellet and Marchenko have looked very solid on the defensive side of the puck and are putting up some points as well, which is great to see. I found it to be extremely odd timing when Sproul was hauled from the lineup, as game 3 was by far his best performance of the 3 playoff games. I thought he had a very rough game 1, a solid game 2 and a great game 3. I would have much rather seen Lashoff or Evans out when Marchenko returned rather than Sproul, but again, they won, so you can't really complain with the result...

 

All in all, very impressive squad, and I think another Calder Cup could be going back to GR next month... :champs:




#2598701 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Lightning 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) - Series Tied 2-2

Posted by frankgrimes on 23 April 2015 - 03:04 PM

Starting work later tomorrow so I can finally watch a full playoff game on weekdays, I'm so ready :D




#2597910 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 3 - DET Leads series 2-1

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 21 April 2015 - 08:19 PM

Good job Abby for standing up for your goalie!




#2591731 Red Wings clinch 24th consecutive Playoff appearance

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 09 April 2015 - 09:27 PM

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#2581859 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 14 March 2015 - 10:19 PM

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#2581349 3/14 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flyers 7

Posted by 55fan on 14 March 2015 - 08:02 AM

We shall win because it's Pi Day!

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#2570227 2/11 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 February 2015 - 11:51 PM

Just got back from the game.  Tough to be a road fan for that one.  We didn't have much life in the beginning and when Mrazek gave up that goal two minutes in, I thought "Crap, he's going to have one of THOSE kind of games isn't he?".  He was having issues with the puck, the defense wasn't really helping much at all.  We didn't show any signs of life till the third.  Despite getting creamed by the Pens, I still had a pretty decent night at the game.  The Pens fans gave me a lot of ribbing, but not mean spirited by any means.  The guy behind my 7 year old was very vocal for the whole game and he bought my son an ice cream when the Pens made 4-0.  I met a ton of Wings fans there and they were all cool.  I guess that's how it is when you're a fan of the road team, anyone wearing the same color as you, is now your friend. lol  The highlight of my night was the pregame warm up.  We got right up to the glass and Luke Glendening slammed himself right into the glass and bumped into my son startling him and the look on his face was priceless.  I think Luke did it on purpose too.  So while it wasn't the outcome I was hoping for, it was still pretty fun.  I rarely get to see the Wings up close (this is only my 6th game in 29 years of being a fan) so that's always a treat.  Next game I go to though, I want to be at the Joe.  Surround myself with some Wings fans for a change. lol

 

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#2562809 Mixed Feelings - Shea Weber whoops Matt Cooke

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 13 January 2015 - 06:56 AM

Let it go, let it go!

About ready to sing let it go in the frozen movie.

 

Please don't.  I hate that movie and haven't even seen it.




#2562185 1/10 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Capitals 3

Posted by Jersey Wing on 10 January 2015 - 01:15 AM

Another great game day thread! And the crowd goes wild!
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#2562181 1/10 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Capitals 3

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 10 January 2015 - 12:29 AM

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#2554576 12/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Hurricanes 1

Posted by Euro_Twins on 07 December 2014 - 05:38 PM

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Dats is just toying with them


#2550180 11/20 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Jets 3

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 20 November 2014 - 12:47 PM

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#2547055 GDT 11/5/14--Wings @ Rangers

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 05 November 2014 - 08:28 PM

I'm watching this game through my fingers because it's so brutal.




#2542867 10/21 GDT - Red Wings 1 at Canadiens 2 (OT)

Posted by vladdy16 on 21 October 2014 - 03:34 PM

I'll take the 4-1-1 please...with a side of shutout.  Aw crap! I said it...sorry!

Hmmmmmm......  

 

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#2541972 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by Ekmanc on 17 October 2014 - 08:53 PM

Another pretty decent statistic.

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