Seems like every few years there's some new kid in the draft that's the elite of the elite. The next Crosby. The next Stamkos. The next Ovechkin. The next Tavares. The next whoever.
Crosby, Stamkos, Ovechkin, Tavares, only have one cup between them. Lots of teams do lots of winning without generational talents. And lots of generational talents weren't drafted with the top pick.
Connor McDavid will probably be a good NHLer, but I doubt he's going to be so otherworldly good that we'll all be left in awe. At best he'll be Crosby level good. And is anybody really that blown away with him anymore? Sure he's a great player, but not so much better that development, and management, and team building, don't matter.
Connor McDavid is more likely to be an Eberle, Yakupov, RNH, or Hall than he is to be another Crosby. Because he'll likely get drafted by a team that only knows how to get that much out of him.
Aside from a crappy game against a decent team, which I don't want to comment on too much, does anybody else notice that when Babs gives the guys the day off, they play like crap? Maybe a mandatory, yet easy, skate would help them look alive? I don't know.
Jurco will be fine. Look how long it took Abby to become a consistent power forward. Jurco is starting much the same way, except he has an even higher ceiling. He just need s to continue to do the small stuff correctly and sooner or later he will get a chance and run with it.
I think Jurco fits just fine on the 4th line. He's faster and more physical than Andersson, and I don't think the drop-off defensively is that drastic. With Helm in the lineup, we don't need Andy to kill penalties.
Do you think it would be preferable to put Abby with Datsyuk, and Cole with Zetterberg, considering Abby is more familiar with Datsyuk's style of play? Datsyuk is the more unconventional player, and while Cole is still learning the system it might be easier for him to play with Z.
I do and I still think it's a good idea. Smith was our best D-man out there today, admittedly in a team effort where my grandmother probably would have been our best player (and she's dead). But using this game of all games to pick on Smith is strange to say the least. Same goes for the people who complain about Howard btw. This teams problems are certainly not named Jimmy Howard or Brendan Smith.
Smith wasn't that bad...
You obviously haven't been watching games closely lately. Smith has been one of our best players the last few games and most consistent. He is skating well, moving the puck quickly, joining in the rush, and playing pretty good D as well. Kronners has looked far more comfortable with Smith than Ericsson.
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I would sit Ericsson for a game and keep that as my top 4 I really like that.
So, Smith that wasn't that bad, and he's been our best defenseman lately huh? Lets just see if that's true. During the last three games, Smith has been an absolute dumpster fire 5 on 5. He's been wholly, or partially, responsible for 3 goals against, and one breakaway. If this is him being "good", then I don't want to see him being bad.
Don't believe me? Here's the video.
Here's Brendan failing to either tie up Anisimov's stick, or take the body and put him into the boards, and thus allowing him to take a pass behind the net and make a play out front for a goal. The fact that Zidlicky was worse on the play doesn't mean Smith was good. (Note: Pay attention to the replay, you get a good look at Anisimov making a routine play right in front of Smith's face).
Here's Brendan leaving the eventual goal scorer to "help" take a guy that Kronwall already has, and who's safely steered away from the play, leaving the aforementioned goal scorer all alone in front of Jimmy.
And finally, in his best game of the last three, here's Brendan bungling a routine play, turning the puck over in the defensive zone, and allowing an excellent scoring chance that Mrazek bailed him out on.
Third pair defense are rarely to blame for losing streaks, and this is no different. But you are all insane if you think Smith has played well the last three games. He hasn't. I don't blame him for the failures of our PK, but he's EASILY been our worst defenseman 5 on 5. Here's the evidence. Disagree with me? Go find the videos to prove it.
No doubt. That's why I'm completely fine with leaving Zidlicky exactly where he is. Whatever keeps hime fresh for the PP (which is where he's doing his damage) is fine by me. I'd shelter him from now until eternity if he scored even half as much as he is right now. No need to gas him making him play defense.
Just going to go out on a limb here, but everybody realizes that Columbus doesn't actually suck right? They're SUPER injured. Like worse than we were last year. But when reasonably healthy they're actually a pretty good team.
This is the type of game we need to win, and I'm not making excuses for the loss. We clearly need to get our forward lines and defense pairings worked out in the wake of the Cole and Zidlicky additions.
But Columbus is a solid team. So lets not make this loss into something worse than it is.
Raise your hand if you said none of our regular defensemen could ever get scratched for marchenko? Clearly we aren't better with him in the lineup. Except all those games we won against good teams...with him in the lineup.
"As for preparing the Wings to play the Blue Jackets, this was Babcock's reply: "We come in here, we try to make everyone look like the '68 Montreal Canadiens," he said of the Habs team that won the 15th Stanley Cup in club history. "Doesn't matter what their record is. That's what we try to do. But they don't believe us.
"The bottom line is we know we've got to get better. We aren't firing on all cylinders right now, like we were two weeks ago, so it's time to get our game back, and that's what we're going to try to do today."
I think he means, "think of every opponent as the '68 Canadiens". Not "make them look like the '68 Canadiens", which admittedly, we've been doing the last couple of games.