In retrospect, I was hard on Devellano in this thread.
This is a man who produced one of the greatest drafts in NHL history in 1983, when he drafted Yzerman, Probert, Kocur, Grimson and Klima.
There's a lineup I'd go to war with. I'm guessing the Wings must have been bullied in 1982.
Devallano knows what he's talking about. He was brought in to build a successful franchise and he built the most successful one in the NHL. People just rail against him because he criticized someone who is popular. And folks don't like that. It's not enough that the Wings, or the Griffins, be good. They have to be good with our favorite players too. Because if our favorite players turn out to be no good, what does that say about our own judgement?
What's true of Holland in the other thread is true of Devallano here. Nobody has had as much success with the modern Wings than these guys have had. More than Bowman. More than Babcock. More than Yzerman, or Lidstrom, or everybody else.
I think 30 years of unparalleled success affords you the right to say whatever the hell you want about a 20 year old prospect.
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