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#2606361 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by number9 on 06 May 2015 - 11:26 AM

Mantha came into this year with the expectation that he could possibly step right into the NHL and perform. He was also protected by management in trades as an untouchable.


Yet he didn't make the NHL, and was average at best in the minors, often appearing as if he was just coasting.


Sure hes at the same point as Nyquist and Tatar in his career, but the later two exceeded the expectations the team had for them, not the other way around.


I think the public criticism is well warranted. This isn't a boom or bust prospect that is faltering. It's a blue chip vastly underperforming. I hope it lights a fire under his butt for this summer and next year.

#2606354 CapGeek fans

Posted by PumpkinEscobar on 06 May 2015 - 11:01 AM

Did not see it posted but if you were a fan like I was..generalfanager.com is a pretty nice replacement. if it's been posted before my apologies

#2606329 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Trastion on 06 May 2015 - 07:48 AM

We're playing Rockford next round, which starts tonight. They swept Texas (last years Calder Cup Champs) in the first round. Should be a good matchup.



And there is a temporary name change in place for Rockford Michigan (which is just north of GR along US 131). Griffinville.



#2606194 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 05 May 2015 - 08:24 PM

Lucic is a piece of s***. An absolute scumbag. I don't give a damn how good of a player he is, it would be an embarrassment to have him in a Wings jersey. There's a lot of players I hate that would be great on the Wings and I would be more than happy to suck it up and bring them in (Weber, et al) but Milan "Human Garbage Can" Lucic is not one of them. f*** that guy.

#2606172 Players who might be available due to teams cap issues

Posted by wingsfan4795 on 05 May 2015 - 06:56 PM

It would be incredible if Chicago would part ways with seabrook before his last year and we could snag him

#2606095 Free agents this off season

Posted by GoWings1905 on 05 May 2015 - 10:51 AM

The Wings need a top pairing d-man and some size/goal-scoring ability at wing.


- This post brought to you by the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

#2606071 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by frankgrimes on 05 May 2015 - 05:14 AM

If that's the case I'm sure others will pay even more after such nice comments

#2606010 What if we got a new 91 in town? Vladimir Tarasenko

Posted by number9 on 04 May 2015 - 09:02 PM

no surprises here....





Good on Armstrong. It's the right move. David Backes will love being a Red Wing.

#2605980 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by PavelValerievichDatsyuk on 04 May 2015 - 07:40 PM


He played over 80% of the regular season games and all of the playoff games so far.


I'm not necessarily in support of the comment - at the least, the "very, very, very" could have been excluded.  But, 'disappointing' seems... appropriate.  Who knows what motivates this kid, though?  Maybe it lights a fire under him and he lights Rockford up in the next series.

62 of 82 is between 75 and 76%.


He played 3/4ths of the season while trying to come back from a broken leg and adjust to pro level hockey. His stats (62gp,13g,18a,33pts) are actually really similar to Tatar's (58gp,16g,16a, 32pts) first year in GR. I'm not overly worried yet.

#2605925 WMHC 2015

Posted by evilmrt on 04 May 2015 - 01:53 PM

USA beat Russia, 4-2. 


#2605924 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by evilmrt on 04 May 2015 - 01:52 PM


And one player, former No. 1 pick Anthony Mantha, has not come close to meeting expectations.

"Very, very, very disappointing," said Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano, who saw the Griffins play their final three games, including Sunday's 3-1 win, over the Toronto Marlies. "And I say that with a lot of sadness. Coming out of junior, we had such high hopes for him."


What the fracking frack????


Devellano should shut the hell up and retire. Mantha is a struggling kid and he doesn't need to be embarrassed by the Wings front office. 


I guess they've given up on him already. Wow. Total BS. 

#2605845 WCSF : (8) Calgary Flames vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 03 May 2015 - 11:58 PM

Hampus Lindholm is a going to be a great player. Kids got skill.

He's the lesser Hampus. Just you wait.

#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:

#2605799 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 03 May 2015 - 09:32 PM

Babcock is going with ken Holland to the worlds to talk to Dylan Larkin...
Doesn't seem like something he would do if he didn't plan on being back.

#2605775 ECSF: Tampa Bay Crying Coopers vs. Montreal Complaining Canadiens

Posted by 55fan on 03 May 2015 - 08:01 PM

Montreal is overrated gutter trash

I believe they prefer to be referred to as "Ouverrated Gutteaur Trash du Montreál"