LOL, power forward...find us a goal of his where he even came close to battling and scoring a dirty goal while being a "beast" in front of the net. I will give him his scoring props back in the day, but even at his size, he was never a power forward, he was always a finesse scorer from the slot.
I stopped watching after the first four goals, since they were all scored in and around the crease. So here are four, off the bat.
Most guys have a little tell. You look at where the puck is in relation to their feet, or the way they’re bending their knees to get ready to shoot, and you just know what’s going to happen before it happens. But the problem with Datsyuk is that he fools you with his intentions. He will be way out on the wall with his hands, feet, and eyes positioned for a cross-ice pass — and it’s the right decision. It’s what 99 percent of players will do in that situation. So you instantly start cheating your eyes over to where he’s going to pass. Next thing you know — what the hell? — the puck is behind you in the net. He shot it. Who shoots from there? Datsyuk shoots from there.
Fair enough. I tend to agree with your sentiment. But it's still May and I'm still pissed about the outcome of our series. That's why I go with hate toward him right now. That and I think he's a punk. But yes, that grit or toughness or "compete level" (a term I think is such a lame cliche) that Johnson has is something I'd like to have seen from Gus or Tatar. Hell, if either of them had shown a little of that the Wings would've finished the series in game 5.
I don't think the difference between Johnson and Tatar/Nyquist was "toughness, grit, or compete level". I think, to a large extent, it was because Tyler Johnson was on the ice a lot more than Nyquist and Tatar were. He averaged 18:51 in ice time per game, while Tatar and Nyquist were 15:56 and 15:50 respectively.
Also, our powerplay wasn't very good and that affected their production totals as well.
If the best coach in the league agrees to sign with your team during an exclusive negotiating window, and you tell him, 'naw, let's hold off for a month so I don't have to give up a third round draft pick to get you,' dont you think that might make him reconsider his options?
I think we've all suspected Babcock would leave all season, so this isn't a surprise
If he returns I'll be happy, he's a good coach .... Another part of me thinks he's overrated and won't care if he goes either .... I mean when he went to the finals with us twice he had lidstrom and pav and hank in there prime, kronwall etc... And team canada was an all star team ... I do believe canada would of won with another coach
He leaves we get Blashill who might be on the verge of winning 2 calder cups , knows all our kids and prospects coming ... Seems like he may be pro rookies and give them a chance on the team and not make a jurco play a checking role let's say
Blashill or Babs I won't lose any sleep over who our coach is
Then we can all "shock" the hockey world yet again when a rookie coach leads us to the playoffs
It's hard to bring up Tatar and Nyquist in a positive light after these last few playoffs. They're old enough now where I wanted to see them take the bull by the horns. Instead, all I saw is that we're in trouble when Datsyuk and Zetterberg retire. Of course, I may be wrong, but you're not right either. We haven't yet seen that these two players are top tier players that can carry us in big moments. They need a star player around them, like a Datsyuk, Giroux, Crosby type for them to excel. Even then they haven't done so in the last two playoffs with Datsyuk and Zetterberg. To me, they look like followers and not leaders.
Dekeyser is a defensive defenseman that can be a top 4 guy. He's not a GR player that people have raved about, because his background had nothing to do with GR. I was talking about Smith and not Dekeyser.
While I don't disagree with your logic, I will say this. Tatar and Nyquist have outperformed Datsyuk and Zetterberg (both regular season and playoffs) at similar points in their careers. Dats and Z weren't very good in the playoffs at all during their first few years. And they were about the same ages when they came into the league (arguably both with MORE experience than Nyquist or Tats).
I agree, there's nothing to guarantee that either of these guys will be stars. But based on the information we have, and observation and comparison to our last two stars, I don't think it's out of the question either. At the very least it's premature to think these two guys are don't improving given their respective ages and experience levels. Consistent 65-70 point seasons is not out of the question for either of them. Which isn't super star talent, but isn't anything to scoff at either.
If it wasn't for Mrazek, TB would have had 6 or 7 goals last night. He has two shutouts in this series and was 5 min away from a third and this isn't some grinder team we're playing either. This is the highest scoring team in the NHL. I was a little skeptical about starting Mrazek over Howard in the beginning, but I think after Game 3, he cemented himself as our starter for this series if not the entire playoff run, which needs to be longer than just one more game. Our team is inconsistent as hell, but we've battled this hard and nobody gave the Wings a snowball's chance to win this thing. Heck, people were picking Winnipeg to win their series over Anaheim, but not us. Time to make these "experts" take the Winged Wheel seriously again.
at people blaming Mrazek for last night... I don't blame anyone. Can't even blame the refs. Maybe blame the inept PP, if they had scored a couple more PP goals, they may have won in 5 games... Honestly though, did anyone think that they were going to keep the highest scoring team from scoring all series? Still one game to go, Mrazek is known for giving up very little after a loss and for the love of Gid, who'd of thought we'd even be seeing a game 7?
How many times in the last 10-12 years did we see this type of game from the other side and have the opposing goalie literally be the difference in the series? Anyways, scrap it all and come out ready for game 2!