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#2583225 Connor McDavid

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 March 2015 - 09:28 AM

I'm sure someone is going to come along and say, "you know not every prospect works out right?"... That's the thing though, pretty much every player mentioned above is as close to a sure thing as it gets (aside from maybe Callahan). It's not like we're talking about Turgeon, Holmstrom, Tvrdon, etc. (although I don't think it's out of the question that any of these guys make it either). Sure, it's going to suck when Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall retire but we're going to be in great shape thanks to Mr. Holland.


Our defense doesn't look too bad for the future either, with DeKeyser, Smith, Ericsson, Marchenko, Ouellet, Sproul, Jensen, (Wheaton, McNulty, Nedomlel). Like I've said before though, I do believe we do need to concentrate on drafting defense in this years draft (especially the first round). 

#2583222 Connor McDavid

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 March 2015 - 09:05 AM

whoever (Callahan or Bertuzzi)

#2582852 My Ideal Playoff Situation

Posted by krsmith17 on 19 March 2015 - 09:31 AM

I didn't really want to start a new thread for this and this place seemed as good as any...


I really hope Ottawa overtake that 2nd Wild Card spot over Boston. They're currently only 4 points behind with a game in hand and they play tonight in Ottawa. Huge game. Go Sens!


Ottawa - 13 GR - 79 PTS


Ottawa seem to have an easier schedule down the stretch, with 8 of their remaining 13 games at home and 3 games against Toronto (easy 6 points lol).



Boston - 12 GR - 83 PTS


Boston only have 4 of their remaining 12 games at home, and two of those are against Tampa and one against Anaheim.

Schedule: @OTT, @FLA, @TBL, ANA, NYR, @CAR, FLA, @DET, TOR, @WSH, @FLA, @TBL


We play both teams in the next couple weeks, so I'm hoping for an overtime win against Ottawa on March 31st (I'd even take an overtime loss if I knew it wouldn't affect our seeding and Ottawa ended up needing 1 point to pass Boston at the end of the season...) and a regulation win against Boston on April 2nd...


Both teams have been playing very well of late, but Ottawa have been unbelievable. And it all starts with the goaltending they're getting from Hammond. Where the hell did this kid come from? Great story. I really hope they get in...

#2582680 Lines Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 18 March 2015 - 09:03 AM

Why do you feel the need to argue everything anyone says? It's almost as if you analyze everything that's written here and try to pick out that one word that you can argue... So what if Datsyuk only assisted on 6 of Tatar's goals? Maybe "fed" wasn't the proper word to use, but can you argue that having Datsyuk on his line doesn't open up some space for Tatar, allowing him to score more? Or are you arguing that Nyquist shouldn't be on a line with Zetterberg for that same reason, despite being 3rd on the team in goals? Or are you seriously just arguing that one misuse of the word "fed"?...


I'm sure you agree that Tatar should remain on Datsyuk's wing, so why bother researching such stats just to refute what he was saying? The premise of his argument still stands. Datsyuk and Tatar should be locked on a line together, and I believe Zetterberg and Nyquist should be locked on a line together for the same reason; they work really well together. On the other wing you can throw any one of Cole, Abdelkader, Helm, or Jurco and I'd be fine with that.

#2582580 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 March 2015 - 11:34 AM

Also per Mike Babcock, Petr Mrazek will start on Thursday vs. Florida.

#2582578 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by krsmith17 on 17 March 2015 - 11:18 AM

With the 8 extremely good young forwards that we have in our system right now (Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, Sheahan, Pulkkinen, Athanasiou, Mantha and Larkin) I don't think we have much to worry about up front. I think all of these guys are / could be legit top 6(3) NHL players, and I think it's very possible that at least 1 or 2 could become elite. Defense is definitely our area of weakness right now and in the future in my opinion. We have 4, maybe 5 young defensemen (DeKeyser, Smith, Sproul, Ouellet, Marchenko) that could become top 4 guys.


I think either way you look at it, we are set up pretty good when Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall eventually retire in the next 3-5 years (which by the way, is still a ways away yet...)



As for the great Howard vs. Mrazek debate, I still think Howard deserves a shot to prove he is the Red Wings best option in goal for the time being. After all, like many have already pointed out, he was putting up great numbers and having an All-Star year prior to his injury. In saying that, I do believe he should be on a somewhat short leash, and Mrazek stealing the job at this point should be a real option. I don't think you go with the veteran goalie into the playoffs if the rookie is playing substantially better.


I've always been a Howard supporter and still am, but I don't buy that the team just happens to show up when Mrazek (or Gustavsson) is in net, and play like s*** when Howard is in net. I think the teams play is a result of the goalies play. It's much easier to get going on the offense when your goalie is making the huge key saves in a game. If the goalie lets in a softie or two, it usually does effect the teams overall play. Howard is very capable in making big time saves from time to time but he is also known to let in a few weak goals at inopportune times. Another obvious contributing factor in the team playing better when Mrazek is in net, is his ability to play the puck. As cliché as it sounds, it really is like having a third defenseman back there.


Howard has been awful 1on1 recently and has never learned how to play the puck. Mrazek is pretty good 1on1 due to his aggressive style, and can play the puck as well as any goaltender in the league. The kid oozes confidence and if he's able to string together another few great performances down the stretch and Howard struggles, I think he should be our guy for the playoffs. However, I do still believe it is Howie's job to lose...

#2580734 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 12 March 2015 - 09:36 AM

I would put them as 1a and 1b right now as far as our forward prospects go. I've been extremely high on Athanasiou for a couple years now, and there's no question that he has had the much better start to his pro career. Mantha, I think will be a great player as well, he's just taking longer to adapt to the pro game. I think they will be 1 and 2 in scoring for the Griffins next season and I wouldn't be at all surprised if they are both top 5 in the league.


The thing for me is, I think they are both very different players but both will be just as effective in their own way, but I think Mantha is slightly overrated, while Anthanasiou is slightly underrated league wide and even by some Wings fans... All the talk has been about Mantha and Larkin, but I am just as high on Athanasiou as either of those two for sure.

#2578250 3/4 GDT : Rangers 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 March 2015 - 01:26 PM

Quincey has been solid all season and I hope he along with the rest of our defense can remain healthy for the rest of the season, but if he isn't 100%, I have no issue in resting him and putting Marchenko in. I hope he doesn't require surgery before the offseason though...

#2578246 3/4 GDT : Rangers 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 March 2015 - 01:08 PM

Zero percent chance any of Kronwall, Ericsson, DeKeyser, Quincey or Smith sit in favor of Marchenko. Not going to happen, despite what Holland and Babcock have said...

The only way we see both Zidlicky and Marchenko in the lineup is if there is any injury to one of the other 5.

#2578012 Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Posted by krsmith17 on 03 March 2015 - 03:08 PM

Kip, I can't help but think this is somewhat directed at me... And to that I say, I completely agree, players should absolutely earn their ice time. But this situation is completely different from the Jurco one. Notice how Pulkkinen was not put in a position he is not well suited? Instead of demoting him to the 4th line, where he most certainly would not produce much, they opted to send him down to the minors. I am and always have been 100% pro sending Jurco back down to Grand Rapids. I am not okay with Jurco playing a grinder type role when that is not his game.

#2577945 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by krsmith17 on 03 March 2015 - 12:15 PM

I'd love to see that top line stick. I've been wanting to see Tatar - Datsyuk - Jurco for an extended period of time since training camp. Love it.

#2574978 2/26 GDT : Red Wings 3 at San Jose Sharks 2

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 February 2015 - 01:38 PM

number9, I'm assuming that's a typo. There's no way Pulkkinen is playing center.

#2574788 Quincey... Surgery coming?

Posted by krsmith17 on 25 February 2015 - 01:29 PM

Looks like the surgery will wait. Quincey given green light to start practicing and return to lineup when Wings feel he's ready, per Ken Holland.

#2572586 Preferred Playoff Opponents?

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 February 2015 - 07:19 AM

I like the way you think amato. We win the division and Florida squeezes into the Wild Card spot past Boston. We play Florida in the first round, then Tampa in the second, Islanders in the Conference Final and Chicago in the Cup Final... Mark it down!

#2571776 Teemu Pulkkinen called back up

Posted by krsmith17 on 18 February 2015 - 05:20 PM

Both Nyquist and Tatar hold much more value in a trade right now, Pulkkinen is out-producing both of them in their respective minor league careers, and Pulkkinen is that coveted right handed sniper we've been longing for...