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#2628683 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 10:35 AM

I'm not hating on the kid at all. He's already one of my favorite players within the organization. I just don't think he should be up with the Wings yet, more specifically as a winger. He's our future number one center, play him where he's most comfortable, play Zetterberg where he's most comfortable... Makes no sense to me...

As for Jurco, as I've made very clear, Larkin should be down in Grand Rapids, so there's Jurco's spot in the lineup... However I do agree with you, I would much prefer seeing him sub in and out of that 3rd line position with Pulkkinen and/or Franzen than see him down on the 4th line where Babcock had him all last season...

#2628668 Janmark nylen makes the Dallas roster

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 09:35 AM

One could absolutely argue that, though I would wholeheartedly disagree... I wouldn't up assets to get a top 6 forward when we have about 7 or 8 capable top 6 guys on the team right now, with another few pounding on that proverbial door... Especially when we only have 3 proven, legit top 4 defenseman, with maybe one on the way... We are much deeper up front now and in the future than on the back end. I don't get how anyone would be able to justify giving up assets to improve an already potent forward group, when the true area of weakness is defense...

#2628664 Janmark nylen makes the Dallas roster

Posted by krsmith17 on Today, 08:44 AM

If we're putting a package of players / prospects / picks together, it should be for a top 4 defenseman, not a top 3/6 scorer. We have way too many forwards as it is, both top 6 and bottom 6, and many more knocking on the door over the next couple years.

#2628609 Dylan Larkin on opening night roster

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 05:22 PM

The same way Mantha was "That Good" last year? or?...
I'm not saying he can't play in the NHL this year, I just don't think he should start the season in Detroit. I would much prefer to see him start the season down in Grand Rapids, and if he plays well enough and there are injuries down the middle in Detroit, then he should get his shot. I don't like the idea of an 18 year old kid, going from college, straight to the National Hockey League. My opinion.

#2628563 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 10:33 AM

Miele is a great asset to have down in Grand Rapids, but he will never see an NHL game with the Red Wings. I'm glad he made it through the waiver wire, but it wouldn't have been a huge loss if he were claimed. Same goes for Lashoff in my opinion, and although Callahan wouldn't have been a huge loss either, he is the one I was the happiest to see cleared... Cleary and Andersson will both be waived at some point and both will likely go unclaimed as well, although I wouldn't shed any tears to see some desperate team pick up Andersson...

#2628546 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 07:53 AM

Again, for the umpteenth time... Cleary Is NOT Taking A Roster Spot From Any Of The Kids... He is simply holding down that 13th/14th/15th forward spot until Helm and / or Datsyuk is healthy. Would you prefer Mantha be up with the big club sitting every game? Cleary will be waived before Ferraro or even Andersson. Again, he is not harming this team in any way whatsoever...

#2628545 Dylan Larkin on opening night roster

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 07:45 AM

I'll obviously be rooting for the kid, and I'd love nothing more than to see him light it up and never play another game in the American League again. There's no doubt he's a star in the making, but he only turned 19 just a few months ago and has only played 6 games of pro hockey. I just would have preferred to see him start this season in Grand Rapids, and if he tore s*** up down there after a few months, then make the decision to call him up.


We have a ton of forward depth, even with Datsyuk and Helm out of the lineup, but this all but ensures that one or possibly both of Jurco and Pulkkinen will be out of the lineup on opening night, and that, I'm not okay with. I would rather have seen Zetterberg center the top line, Richards the second, Sheahan the third, and Glendening the forth, with Larkin centering the top line in Grand Rapids. There's no need for a fill-in center while Datsyuk is out, with those 4 guys down the middle. Larkin needs to be playing center, and they better not be planning on playing him on the wing like it has appeared in practices. We have enough healthy centers and enough wingers as well, with Abdelkader, Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, Pulkkinen and Franzen in the top 9, and Miller, Ferraro and Andersson on the forth line. Helm will also be within the mix as soon as he's healthy, which could be as soon as opening night.


There is no need to rush this kid. And what about a guy like Athanasiou, who has been with the organization two years longer than Larkin, and arguably outplayed him in preseason? I'm not saying Andreas should have necessarily been on the team over Larkin, but I just think both should have started in Grand Rapids, with the amount of depth we have up front in Detroit...


Anyway, good luck Dylan, I hope you prove me wrong, stick with the big club, and are in the Calder conversation at the end of the season...

#2628441 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on 05 October 2015 - 02:13 PM

I'll will be pissed if Andersson is in the lineup ahead of Jurco or Pulkkinen. I know, one is a "center" and the other two are wingers, but we have more than enough viable options down the middle that Andersson doesn't need to be in that 4th line center spot...

#2628369 3 Bold Predictions for 2015-16

Posted by krsmith17 on 05 October 2015 - 10:35 AM

Here's my predictions, all Red Wings related because... F*** other teams...


1. Pulkkinen leads the Red Wings in both power-play goals and total goals on the year.

2. Howard gets nominated and plays in the All-Star game and is in the Vezina conversation at the end of the season.

3. Zetterberg plays in 80 games and puts up 70+ points, which is good for second in team scoring.

#2628313 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 October 2015 - 10:02 PM

Andersson, quick? Seriously? Cleary with two bummed knees would skate circles around Joakim f***ing Andersson... By far the worst skater on the team, probably in the league...

#2628311 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 October 2015 - 09:51 PM

I'm also pretty disappointed that Jensen got sent down before Ouellet. I think Jensen was the much better player of the two, lead the entire team with a +8 rating and lead all defenseman with 4 points (0 goals, 4 assist) and 7 shots on goal in 6 games. And he's also that highly coveted right handed shot going for him. I honestly think he's a better all around player than Ouellet, but then again, I'm one of the very few that aren't all that high on Xavier. Sure, he's a good player, and does a lot of good things, but in my opinion, he does everything average, nothing really stands out to me, other than him being smart and safe. And I guess that's good for a third pairing guy, but in my opinion Jensen brings that, plus a lot more. He's an unbelievable skater, very good passer, and for the very few mistakes he makes, he has very good recover ability. Very disappointed to see him still behind Ouellet and likely Marchenko as well. He should be ahead of both by a mile in my opinion.

#2628307 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 October 2015 - 09:17 PM

e_prime, the point wasn't that I want Cleary in over Andersson, or vice versa, the point is, I don't want Larkin in the lineup on opening night. I said the same thing with Jurco last season, and I think he should play a full season in Grand Rapids. If he absolutely dominates the American League, and we get hit with injuries at Center, then we can call up either Larkin or Athanasiou. Why should Larkin get the nod before Athanasiou at this point? AA put up better numbers in pre-season and was just as noticeable out there on any given night. Larkin should and most likely will play the season (or at least a good portion of it) down in GR. I look forward to watching him, along with the rest of the boys tear it up down there.

#2628274 Roster Moves by the Wings

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 October 2015 - 04:45 PM

So am I the only one that thought Cleary didn't look THAT bad in the few games he played? In my opinion he looked much better than Andersson. Not saying much I know, and I'm not saying we should necessarily keep him, but I'm okay with him sticking around as the 14th forward until we're fully healthy (if we ever are)...

Larkin has looked great but I still think he needs time in Grand Rapids. We just have way too many forwards right now. I know I'm in the minority here, much like I was this time last year with Jurco, but I'm hoping he gets sent down tomorrow...
Ferraro is not waiver exempt. He won't be sent down.

#2628023 Wings sign Evgeny Svechnikov to a 3 year entry level contract

Posted by krsmith17 on 02 October 2015 - 04:05 PM

Awesome! Good job Evgeny.

So far, in 3 games for Cape Breton, Svech has 3 goals and 3 assists, with a +4 rating and 51.8% on draws.

#2627860 9/30 Exhibition GDT : Red Wings 7 at Penguins 2

Posted by krsmith17 on 01 October 2015 - 07:12 AM

Kip, I don't think Athanasiou has been so great in these preseason games because he's playing center, I think he's just that good. I still do think he would be just as good or better on the wing, and although I think he may play center down in Grand Rapids this season, I think his future in Detroit is as a winger.


I agree 100% Xym. I think Larkin and the Red Wings would both benefit from him playing a full season down in Grand Rapids, tearing up the American League. That along with continuing to gain chemistry with the other kids (hopefully Mantha). Another reason I'd like to see Larkin stay down is because, when was the last time a Red Wing won the Calder Trophy? 50 years, that's how long... The last three to win it, have all been goaltenders, Roger Crozier (1964-65), Glenn Hall (1955-56) and Terry Sawchuk (1950-51)... It'd be awesome to see Larkin win it, but I don't see him winning it over McDavid / Eichel. but Matthews and company would be a real possibility, especially with a full season of pro under his belt...


Like the past few seasons, probably even more so this season, I'm looking forward to watch the Griffins just as much as the Red Wings. Going to be a great year...