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...
And you think Nill would of asked for janmark to be in the deal if he didn't know his potential?
He's playing on the 2nd line with spezza btw not bottom 6
That's just something we'll have to disagree with , I know I'm in the minority but I don't think legwand brought anything to the table and still think we could of made the playoff push with jarnkrok instead ... That's another topic though
Umm when he was dealt ... When .... He was one of our top prospects , top 10 I believe (googled for old prospect rankings but had no luck) ranked higher than athanasiou .... Just cause that isn't the case now doesn't diminish his worth at the time of the deal
Anyways fine I'll let it go ... Im just gonna hope he turns out the be the next zetterberg lol
Posted by LeftWinger
on 09 October 2015 - 09:01 AM
Stop and think back for a moment guys, think back over at least the last 10-15 years. Outside of the 01-02 season (which was marred at the beginning by the 9/11 attacks that took some of the "fun" out of the season openener,) When was the last time you have been more excited and giddy or even seen so much interest and hype for the opening night of a Red Wings season? We've had coaching changes, we've had rookies debut, we've had UFA's making their debut, but just reflect on all that is going on today, and that is exactly it, ALL OF THAT is going on right now! Today! Not only a new coach, but outside of Granato, a new coaching staff and philosophy, not only is a rookie debuting, but a 19 year old local kid who just got drafted 16 months ago, PLUS the rest of our young players like Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, Pulkkinen! We're excited for a new life for Smith and Kindl, Howard has regained his pre-injury play, Mrazek is here to stay, no longer do we have an average back-up that may see some spot play once in a while.we, once again, have a legit 1a and 1aa goalie tandem. We have the UFA right handed offensive d-man that Holland has coveted for years and years. We have no less than 8 kids in GR (if not more) who can be called up and step right into the NHL if needed and contribute. We FINALLY have a team where the best players will play and not lose out to the veteran just because of seniority. There is a lot of buzz in Hockeytown this season opener, take a big inhale of it and breathe it all in, this, my friends, is the beginning of our new generation of a Red Wings super team. We witnessed Yzerman, Fedorov, Lidstrom, Kozlov, etc... all grow together as a team and it seems we have a core today that if kept together, can stay together (just like our 90's team) for a long, long time. This area has not been this excited in forever...
"I'm a big Dylan Larkin fan," said McGuire, who watched Larkin play for Michigan as well as Team USA in the World Junior Championship last season. "What stood out to me was his speed. His two‑step acceleration was as good or better than anybody's in the tournament."
"Most people have to go through Grand Rapids before they get an opportunity to play in Detroit. Dylan Larkin is beyond that. I think he's going to be a phenomenal player in Detroit for a very long period of time, and I think he has a legitimate chance to rival both McDavid and Eichel to be Rookie of the Year in the National Hockey League."
Posted by rick zombo
on 04 October 2015 - 11:04 PM
I think the best thing that could have ever happened to Mantha was to get passed on the prospect list. Almost like the heat's off, with most of the focus on Larkin and with AA and Bertuzzi sharing the secondary spotlight. He seems to have found his game. That goal last night was a sniper's goal.