Mantha should play. We need, as others have clearly stated "net presence". This kid that stands 6'5 easily adds to this, as he adds throwing that frame into corners getting pucks...not to mention the fear that immediately and naturally occurs when you have a dude twice the size of you coming at top speed. Mantha should play.
How did this end up Mantha VS Helm? Two completely different skill sets, both also important but one of them isn't playing and its not because of the other one. Truth is that It doesn't matter where Darren Helm plays within in the 4 line set up, he will play the same style, fast and aggressive, and that style also helps an aging Datsyuk retrieve a sh*t ton of pucks back to his stick that otherwise are heading the other way.
Mantha will be called up at some point during these playoffs as he is an ace in the sleeve of Holland and Blashhill, when he does I just hope it isn't when we are down 3-1 like others have said. The kids size has immediate benefits, let alone his skill set.
I think something was lost in translation. I'm betting Datsyuk is talking about what he will do after his final year is out.
Exactly. He says he has one year left on his contract and three more games this season. They even ask him if hes concerned of the teams direction..He simply says hes upset on his own personal performance, in my opinion dudes a class act and will be back to finish his contract this next season.
This group is the sh*ttiest Wings team in a LONG time.
Agreed, and its tough to watch. It's hard to believe while watching this team that they are so bad...For whatever reason Ive been waiting all season for them to magically click, now that it appears that is not going to happen and Blashill at the 77 game mark STILL looks like he hasn't a f*cking clue
Yeah rather be average instead of getting guys like Ekblad, Nurse, McJesus or Eichel.
Just so people understand if the Wings make it they'll face Washington also known as the hottest team in the league. I don't know how getting destroyed in this series would help the confidence of the young guys. A guy like Juolevi, Chychrun would
I would rather win or lose games organically with integrity and draft guys like Larkin. If it's not good enough it will take its course and we'll suck naturally so I'd rather not rush it and feel good about it.
I feel its cheating to tank, losers tank, we just suck