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#2622208 Which prospect will have the best nhl career

Posted by amato on Today, 05:37 AM

Too early to say anything about Svechnikov, though I do feel good about his future. Mantha has all the tools to be a top sniper - but the golden boys of the NHL are your 1Cs, 1Ds, and 1Gs. I believe Larkin will be a 1C, or, at the very least, a damn good 2C. This is a franchise player. This is Zetterberg's successor.
 
In Larkin, we basically drafted a top-five talent at 15th overall. He's the kind of kid a team tanks an entire season for.


So #tankit2013/14 was a success? :P


#2622207 Which prospect will have the best nhl career

Posted by Dabura on Today, 12:41 AM

Too early to say anything about Svechnikov, though I do feel good about his future. Mantha has all the tools to be a top sniper - but the golden boys of the NHL are your 1Cs, 1Ds, and 1Gs. I believe Larkin will be a 1C, or, at the very least, a damn good 2C. This is a franchise player. This is Zetterberg's successor.

 

In Larkin, we basically drafted a top-five talent at 15th overall. He's the kind of kid a team tanks an entire season for.




#2622138 Free agents this off season

Posted by haroldsnepsts on Yesterday, 09:34 AM

Oh ok. New coach so Jimmy is #1 again. What has Jimmy done to deserve #1 again?

 

Started 330 NHL games with a .916 save percentage.  Plus he played extremely well the first half of the season before his injury.  A much larger sample than 7 games. 

 

Mrazek doesn't have to steal anything. He already won the job from Howard.
Proof? Starting every playoff game in the playoffs is a prime example. But yeah...Jimmy is still #1 right? Ok guy. Lol

 

I'm guessing they'll both get a shot at the starting job.  

 

This is in no way a criticism of Mrazek.  Just that the team would be foolish to hand over the reigns completely to a guy with something like 41 NHL starts and who hasn't started more than 50 games since the OHL.  

 

They may start Mrazek right out of the gate, but he will have to play very well to hang onto the spot with Howard on the bench behind him.  My guess is they play them as a tandem and keep them fighting for the #1 spot.  




#2621811 Mitch Callahan

Posted by e_prime on 29 July 2015 - 04:48 PM

This is the season where we find out if it's really Holland that likes guys like Emmerton and Andersson on our 4th line, or if it was really Babcock. With Datsyuk and potentially Franzen out to start the year, this may be Callahan's chance.

 

I hope Blashill goes with Callahan-Glendening-Ferraro. That line has speed, is physical, and is responsible defensively. That'd be the most well-rounded 4th line we've had in years.

My guess would be a fourth line with Miller and Glendening and Ferraro/Callahan rotating in.

IF Ferraro and Callahan have a good showing, wouldn't be surprised if this means an end to Drew Miller's time in Detroit.




#2621674 Mitch Callahan

Posted by kliq on 27 July 2015 - 11:57 PM

Ferraro does everything Andersson does and skates better. Callahan does things Andersson doesn't. Keep them waive the marshmallow

 

From the small sample size I saw of Ferraro last year, I really liked the energy he brought to the ice. I never noticed that from Andersson.




#2621673 Mitch Callahan

Posted by DickieDunn on 27 July 2015 - 11:37 PM

Ferraro does everything Andersson does and skates better. Callahan does things Andersson doesn't. Keep them waive the marshmallow


#2621652 Mitch Callahan

Posted by DickieDunn on 27 July 2015 - 07:08 PM

Datsyuk and Franzem will both likely be out. There is room.


#2621649 My grandfather's hockey collection!

Posted by pokemonbreeder18 on 27 July 2015 - 06:22 PM

Hey guys, first off, I apologize if this is in the wrong forum. It's been years since I've posted on the site here....anyway...back in May I did a tour of my grandfathers hockey collection (mainly to show you guys) and I finally got around to uploading it. If you have an hour free, give it a watch. There are a lot of great hockey stories in here. My grandpa has known quite a number of people over the years involved with the game and many of these stories have probably never been heard (except by me and my family 1000 times lol) Most of it is Red Wings related, but I specifically had him point out a few of his non wings stuff for others. Around the 45 minute mark I start asking him questions directly & it can get a little loud because I'm so close to the camera, so just a warning for that. But if you're a fan of hockey history, give this a watch!


#2621640 Mitch Callahan

Posted by marcaractac on 27 July 2015 - 04:32 PM

I think he makes it. He may be a healthy scratch most nights at first, but Blash seems to really like him. Can't see guys like Andersson staying over Mitch. Gross. 

Plus there will no doubt be an injury or two by the time the season starts




#2621598 Holtby Asking for $8M

Posted by Buppy on 25 July 2015 - 10:58 PM

Silly debate. Stats are information. A tool. Scouts would use them as much or more than anyone. They've been around for decades. Over the years, more have been added/tracked. Even analytics aren't entirely new. Just a natural progression. More information is always better, provided you can understand the information. The advanced metrics still need a lot of work before we really understand them enough to make good use of them, but once teams start understanding them they will be a valuable resource, and that's why teams are hiring "stat guys". Stats aren't a replacement for scouting, they are a part of it. 




#2621538 Remaing RFAs to be signed - Jurco, Pulkkinen, Aubry

Posted by McAwesome on 24 July 2015 - 08:41 PM

General Fanager retweeted

Red Wings re-sign Tomas Jurco to two-year deal worth $1.8 million. Story: http://bit.ly/1JE3Br7

 

Savage more reliable?  ;)

Looks like they weren't as far apart as some would have led us to believe. 

 

This makes me happy, Jurco has been my favorite of the kids so far. I just hope he gets utilized properly, if so the numbers will come and his confidence will return. 




#2621490 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by Helmethead on 24 July 2015 - 11:58 AM

The best thing about Grand Rapids is that it is one of the best places a young player can learn all the proper habits and play the game the right way. Mantha can only benefit playing there. He has the raw natural talent. Once he rounds out his game and learns how to be consistent each game, look out!


#2621487 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by number9 on 24 July 2015 - 11:53 AM

I don't disagree with your assessment at all. I agree 100% that he even looked disinterested at times, not engaged in the play. However, is it even a remote possibility that it could have been even a tiny bit to do with his injury? Is it possible that he could have had some discomfort in his right leg throughout the season? Not saying he did, but it is certainly a possibility, is it not?

 

That was definitely a huge knock on him in his draft year, but I watched a ton of him in the 2013-14 season in Val d'Or, and pace wasn't an issue with him that year at all in my opinion. I get that he was "a man amongst boys" down there, but he still skated circles around them offensively and got back defensively as well. I still believe with a full training camp, he will be a totally different player this coming season...

 

Like I said before though, I don't think anyone really disagrees that his season was a little disappointing, I just don't think it was as terrible as some people, including Devellano, make it seem...

 

Yeah, I'm not ruling it out. I'm  just saying if I knew nothing about Franzen prior to this season you'd probably describe him to me as a good goal scoring power-forward that doesn't play all that physical. Fair? Now if Franzen got injured right away in October, and then came back and didn't play physical... I wouldn't blame it on the injury, I'd go back to what you told me about him and say, he's never played physical, that's just how he his.

 

Same with Mantha. By all accounts this is his game and how he plays it. It was exactly what was described to me and exactly what I saw. So I'm not going to blame too much here on the injury. I don't think just staying healthy here is his issue, as Blashill described, he still has a lot to work on in his game, including work ethic and keeping his skates moving.




#2621485 Jim Devellano on Mantha's play: "Very disappointing"

Posted by darkmanx on 24 July 2015 - 11:45 AM

Blashill:

 

Q. You coached Anthony Mantha for a season. What is your assessment?

 

A. First of all, the expectation level on Anthony was too high, and in part that was his fault. When you have a career like that in juniors, the expectations are too high.

He got hurt two times during the season, and that made it difficult on him — especially at the beginning of the year, when you are establishing good habits. And then right before the playoffs, in June.

 

I think Anthony has a skill set that will allow him to be a great player.

 

I think Anthony still needs to learn to work as hard as you have to work, shift in and shift out, moving his feet, in order to utilize that skill set at the American league level and the NHL level. And it would have been impossible for him to realize he had to do that at the junior level, because he didn’t have to.

 

Until you’ve faced a level where you actually have to, you’re never going to make those adjustments ...

 

That doesn’t happen overnight …

 

I agree 100% with Blash. If your expectations were he was going to perform the way he did in juniors then it's your own fault for setting your own expectations that high. He had a broken leg and was injured before the playoffs. Absolutely nothing wrong with him performing at .5 PPG for his first AHL season against actual men. Patience from the Wing fanbase should be expected....




#2621465 Pulkkinen re-signs.... 1 year deal

Posted by kliq on 24 July 2015 - 10:50 AM

The funny thing is, some of us (like myself) are pointing out flaws and leaving it at that, but others who are making excuses or countering the argument regarding Pulk's 'flaws' are making it out to be as though we're claiming Pulk sucks. If you look at some of the other threads this trend is already being posted by the pro-pulk posters as a defense mechanism in the debate that's been going on. 

 

"Didn't you hear? Pulk sucks" - sarcasm from the pro-pulk posters is what helps push made up narratives and really prevents holding up adult-like debates.

 

It's never a bad thing to bounce off ideas and opinions but getting personal about it or defensive to the point where your statements are full of fallacies and ridiculous defense mechanisms (i.e using sarcasm to say "People are saying Pulk sucks").. well therein lies the problem and cause of the exaggerations you mention. 

 

People get too damn sensitive. 

 

Sure, but I dont think "liability on the ice, like some people believe he is / will be... He's not nearly as bad defensively as some are claiming" fits into that category.