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#2533317 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by lomekian on Yesterday, 05:39 PM

It seems I am marginally more optimistic than the majority. Possibly because my philosphical stance is that if you can't apply hope to sport, then you may as well just watch the news about Gaza, Russia the economy etc...




1) The team will be healthier than last year, particularly our top 6 ; partly a lack of Olympics, partly less issues entering the season (gotta love those early playoff exits for healing), and partly because Weiss will be able to play and if clearly can't skate he'll be beaten out in camp. Having no trade value makes him easier for KH to waive. Inevitably Dats, Zatta, Ericsson, Franzen, Alfredsson and Kronwall will all miss a few games, but I think all will pass 60 having been rested.


2) While Nyquist won't get as hot and there will be more attention on Sheahan and Tatar, I still think the kids will take a step forward as a whole, and the 3 will combine for comfortably over 100 points.


3) Weiss will play most of the year and be underwhelmingly solid for 40 points.


4) The D will be a little better, partly because Quincey & Smith will be kept apart more and because both will start the year considerably better than they started last year. Dekeyser will produce a little more offence and Ericsson will play more down the stretch. Kindl will still infuriate but will put up 5-10 more points (or at least in terms of pace) due to a forward core more able to take advantage of his longer outlet passes.He'll occasionally be bumped out for Oullett/Marchenko/Sproul, but with either largely hold onto his spot or be packaged in a trade.


5) Howard will be a little better, Gus will be a little less lucky, but they'll be a solid tandom. Mrazek will put up great %'s in a few games against bad teams.


6) Helm's improved scoring touch will stay, and his PPG will increase again. Same to a lesser extent with Abdelkader, despite less top 6 ice-time.


7) Miller will continue to quietly effective in his role, never exciting anyone, but never letting anyone down and will get slightly higher point totals.


8) Glendenning will play less or on the wing. 


9) If alfie comes back, his play will be remarkably similar to this year, but a lack of Olympics will stop him being useless down the stretch.


10) Franzen will get more time with Nyquist, and as a result will put up more than 0.75PPG and will get 25 goals+ despite going on a run of 5 points in 20 games at some stage.


Mantha will be out-played by Jurco (before he sticks in the big club) in the Minors but will finish with 30+ goals in GR. The Grand Rapids PP will miss Almquist, but Sproul will get much improved points totals. 


Babcock will continue to get half the team to over-perform, despite line combinations that make no sense in half the games. Holland will continue to get blamed by fans for things beyond his control, while journalists try to give him credit for things equally beyond his control.


The Wings to finish 5-7 in the conference but with a bit more breathing room and to get a better playoff match-up before losing in the ECSF in a blackhawks style tight series. Babcock to ride off into the sunset to much mixed opinions, and the team to do better in FA next summer as the wings splash out to get the 1 last shot for D & Z.


These predictions are dependent on Alfie re-signing.

#2533313 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by Z Winged Dangler on Yesterday, 04:34 PM


Not from Grand Rapids they won't.


Also, how can you honestly blame our bad start at the beginning of last season on lame plugs without immediately acknowledging that those same "lame plugs" are mostly still on the team.  We have the same problem we did a year ago.


We haven't made it past the second round of the playoffs in half a decade.  You can't blame that all on Sammy, Cleary, and injuries.  And if you do, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. 

I know we still have some issues to deal with, but having Tatar and Nyquist on the roster from day 1 is a positive compared to last year.  We still have Cleary, Kindl, Quincey and Andersson, but with the season starting with a healthy Z, Dats, Helm and Weiss along with Tatar and Nyquist guaranteed roster spots, you have to at least have a shred of hope that this team can do more than just suck.  Hopefully Smith is given a larger role as well and Kindl finds himself in GR and not on the PP.  Point is, with a healthy roster to start the year, I'll remain positive until I'm given a reason to be negative.

#2533320 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by WingsallTheway on Yesterday, 06:27 PM

I would pass on Setoguchi. Hate that guy, probably the biggest diver I've ever seen.


Penner I also don't see working out too well on the wings. Big, slow, lazy.... We have enough Franzens.


Not to shoot down your suggestions on these players lol, I would like to see some fresh blood on the team especially via tryout. 

#2533319 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by WingsallTheway on Yesterday, 06:19 PM

I agree with most people on here


Sammy was the perfect whipping boy especially since he was clutch in the playoffs


He was a good role player when we had such a stacked team, and was one of the few players willing to shoot. 


Its too bad Holland decided to bring him back because now he'll always be placed into williams territory.



His playoff goal against the pens, for me is still one of my favorite goals. Something about that celly as he skated around the net pumping his fist after the wraparound just stuck in my head forever. 


Forgot about the Chicago goal, although i completely remember it now. Classic Huds / Fil refusing to shoot the puck lol

#2533293 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by Namingway on Yesterday, 01:05 PM

As fun as it is to bash on Sammy, I'll never forget him for starting and finishing this play:



Also the two opening goals in Game 1 of the 2008 Finals against the Pens.


And the hundreds of logo shots.

#2533307 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by 55fan on Yesterday, 03:24 PM

Exactly, HS.  I liked the guy a lot.  Quite frankly, if someone offered me big money to return to an old job that I liked but couldn't do as well as I once did it, and I knew they knew all about my physical state, I'd sure give it a go, especially if I was unemployed and looking for work.


I just wish he could have played one more game (not necessarily for us) to hit the 700 mark.


Best wishes, Sammy!


#2533305 Samuelsson signs new contract....... with Djurgarden.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on Yesterday, 02:51 PM

As fun as it is to bash on Sammy, I'll never forget him for starting and finishing this play:



Also the two opening goals in Game 1 of the 2008 Finals against the Pens.


And the hundreds of logo shots.




All shin pad assassin jokes aside, Sammy was a bargain during his first stay here in Detroit.   He had good size, was irritating to play against, and put up good numbers for his salary. 


It's just unfortunate that Holland keeps repeating the mistake of bringing back former players, but I hold no ill will for Sammy. 

#2533155 Tatar Signs 3 Year Deal $2.75 mill AAV

Posted by ogreslayer on 28 July 2014 - 01:37 PM

And with a 3 year deal, Tatar is an RFA not UFA, when the deal expires. 

#2533084 Favorite Dan Cleary Moment or Play

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 July 2014 - 04:02 PM

Best part of that is he doesnt seem to have been pushed and the puck is on the other side of the ice lol

Never trust a gif.
He was crosschecked in the back prior to running into the crossbar.  Part of the reason he reacts the way he does is it looks like he hits his face on the crossbar.
And he was going hard to the net to get open for a pass or rebound.   It probably looks unfamiliar because he's one of the few Wings players who does it.  


#2533078 Winter is coming..

Posted by FlashyG on 27 July 2014 - 02:58 PM

For some reason, going by the topic title I thought this was going to be some kind of Game of Thrones related thread.



There's no reason it can't be.



#2532074 preds prospects Viktor Arvidsson and Kevin Fiala shootout moves

Posted by frankgrimes on 14 July 2014 - 07:04 PM

Thanks Hockeymom,I kind of just ignore that ones that tell me that i'm on the wrong board and let the mods take care of it.


Don't let them get you, I'm for one very happy to have you here and get some nice info about the Preds.


The first one was just insane almost an 360 degree circle and then pulling it off like this some serious skill here. Do you think Fiala is ready to make the team ? Nashville for what I know is hurting on the offensive side and I guess LaViolette will play his run and gun style no matter what ?

#2532071 preds prospects Viktor Arvidsson and Kevin Fiala shootout moves

Posted by Hockeymom1960 on 14 July 2014 - 06:24 PM

So what? I don't care...wrong board.

Trying to compare sizes with Jurco's moves? Shootout skills won't turn your franchise into a contender, I'm afraid :lol:


Hey now PredsFan is one of our favorite non Wings fan first.  

#2531696 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by FlashyG on 11 July 2014 - 09:21 PM

Don't worry Kenny's got a firm grip on the wheel.



#2530277 Please Help Me Win GDT of the year.

Posted by MabusIncarnate on 06 July 2014 - 04:35 PM

Any HFBoards users out there, please support Flashy here and get your vote in. He puts in countless hours into GDTs not only there, but here on LGW also. This is an opportunity for us to give back to someone who dedicates a lot of time and effort for free just for our entertainment.


Let's bring him to the final and get him the recognition he deserves.

#2530200 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by Euro_Twins on 05 July 2014 - 11:48 PM

I honestly think they are trying to build and maintain a culture here where players feel safe and appreciated.  Where if they have go through a slump, they won't fear being traded or instantly replaced.
Obviously they go to extremes at times.(Cleary) But sometimes the message sent can have a more profound impact down the road than the immediate repercussions.
I'm sure many believe that fear can motivate a player but I don't think that's a stable way of doing business.  I just don't see us trading roster players unless there's an issue with attitude or commitment or just too many bodies.
We definitely struck out this year in free agency.  No looking past that.  That's on management.  Injuries...that's a tough thing to place blame on.

I blame it on trainers and conditioning coaches