I spend a lot of time on LGW, nearly every day, but rarely post anything. I thought it would be fun to make a player by player assessment and get the opinions from the LGW community. What are your hopes and expectations for each player on the team this year?
# NAME Height Weight Age
8 Justin Abdelkader 6' 1" 212 24
Abby brings some grit and an untapped offensive side. I would like to see Abby fill a D Mac type roll in the future. A gritty grinder that can score some clutch goals.
44 Todd Bertuzzi 6' 3" 225 36
I expect Bert will use his size more this year and continue to dazzle in the Shoot Out. I expect him to play primarily on the 3rd line and add some pressure to Flip to perform well on the 2nd line.
76 Fabian Brunnstrom 6' 1" 206 26
I'm quite impressed with Bruno's PS performance and like what I have read about his attitude and desire to be a Wing. He has some healthy competition on this squad and will need to continue to press.
11 Danny Cleary 6' 0" 205 32
I really like Clears with Dats, he has speed and can utilize the space created for him by Dats. I expect him to fill many rolls this year as he can do a lot of things well. He will need to say healthy and out of Huddlers way!
13 Pavel Datsyuk "A" 5' 11" 194 33
Dats is simply amazing to watch, he does so many things exceptionally well. I expect him to stay healthy, break 100 Pts and take home another Selke. Nearly any complement is an understatement for what he brings to the team.
17 Patrick Eaves 6' 0" 191 27
I liked the possibility of Patty playing with Dats but I just don't think he is ready for a top line roll yet. He and Helmer seem to wreak havoc on the opponent when they are together. I expect to see him on the wing for Helm most of the time and perhaps a promotion later in the season depending on injuries.
48 Cory Emmerton 6' 0" 190 23
Emmerton seems to have a touch for scoring in the AHL. I expect him to compete with Miller and Bruno for a position in the line up. As a natural Center he is going to have to learn to be more defensive.
51 Valtteri Filppula 6' 0" 193 27
More goals this year, he has the skating and hands. I really like Flip with Z and Mule. I see some good chemistry there. I expect him to be primarily on 2nd line.
93 Johan Franzen 6' 3" 222 31
Want to see Mule stay healthy this year. I like the chemistry with Flip and Z and think he is aware of expectations this year. MUST SCORE MORE!
43 Darren Helm 5' 11" 195 24
I really like Helmers work ethic. He looks strong on the puck and looks to have more confidence this year. Let's hope this is the year his hands can catch up with his feet.
96 Tomas Holmstrom 6' 0" 198 38
I expect he will have less 5 on 5 ice time and primarily be used on the PP and perhaps rotated in on a bottom 6 line.
26 Jiri Hudler 5' 10" 182 27
Despite his reputation on LGW, I for one think Huds will do great things this year. During the PS I noticed how much faster he looks and stronger on the puck. He has the playmaking skills and knows he was somewhat of a bust last year, I believe he addressed his weaknesses during the off season and will be anxious to prove himself. Looking forward to a big plate of crow to go around this year.
20 Drew Miller 6' 2" 178 27
I like the energy that Drew brings to the line up, he is solid on PK and should bring some healthy competition for Bruno and Cory.
39 Jan Mursak ** 5' 11" 167 23
Very disappointed in his injury and look forward to his return. He reminds me of a Helm v2.0 with his speed and work ethic. I like the idea of Wings lineup getting faster. Can't wait to see what he can do when he returns.
40 Henrik Zetterberg "A" 5' 11" 195 30
Z has publicly expressed his disappointment in losing to the sharks again last year in game 7. He knows what is expected and knows what it takes. He continues to put on a show with his unmatched puck protection skills. I like the idea of him mentoring Bruno. I like his line mates and expect some great things to come from this line. I also suspect Z's pts to spike as a result.
22 Mike Commodore 6' 4" 233 31
I wasn't initially excited about this signing but I think I have changed my mind. If Commie can improve his work ethic and dedication he will be a great addition. I like the idea of a big body, hard hitting and willing to though down blue liner. Take note Big E!
52 Jonathan Ericsson 6' 4" 220 27
Big E has some pressure to perform this year. I suspect he will get better as the year goes on. I hope he is able to pick up some pointers from Commie on how to use size as an advantage. AND FOR GOD SAKE, harness the power of that wicked slapper.
4 Jakub Kindl 6' 3" 199 24
At this point in his career I expect Kindl to continue to grow. I think he will define his role as a solid puck moving D man. I would like to see more offence.
55 Niklas Kronwall 6' 0" 192 30
Kronner I think will continue his monster neutral zone hits and clutch goals when needed. I really like his hockey sense as he always seems to know when to pinch and skate in with stick in the air unnoticed.
5 Nicklas Lidstrom "C" 6' 1" 190 41
I am convinced Nick is a cyborg. I could go on and on about #5, but don't need to. Everyone here already knows how good he is. If this is his last year I really want to send him away with 5 and 8!
23 Brad Stuart 6' 2" 210 31
Stewie is solid and plays the system well. I would like to see a true net sweeper on this team and think he could be the one.
18 Ian White 5' 10" 200 27
I am excited about this signing, I like having a right handed shot to set up Nick on the PP. Despite his size he is gritty and has a nice offensive touch.
29 Ty Conklin 6' 1" 192 35
Conks knows his role and accepts it. I expect him to be reliable and give Jimmy some rest when needed and get us some W's
35 Jimmy Howard 6' 0" 210 27
I wasn't real impressed with the PS performance, but it's too early to tell. I want Jimmy to be better than the middle of the pack and believe he has what it takes. I expect him to continue to improve rebound control and steal some games for us.
Call me out, eh? Unfortunately, I have only drunken psychobabble to retort. Here is what I have gathered so far… Well… so we made a bid for Nabakov , as you already know. There seems to be discrepancies with interpretation of the contract. There seems to be discrepancies with the count of teams that have a legitimate bid on this refugee. There seems to be some talk about 18b or 11.18b that could benefit us (Red Wings) somehow. Something about something, and NJ is going to do us a favor. There is the question of, how will this affect Jimmy as #1. Will he still be #1? Will this change the gravitational pull in any way? Will this possibly change what we know about physics?
My point being….. uh… I spent all day on this thread and I still don’t know s***. I want to see Nabby on this team, and if it doesn’t happen… then this is all one BIG, CRUEL, JOKE