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#2598268 Which of our prospects are centers on hockeysfuture that aren't ..

Posted by krsmith17 on 22 April 2015 - 12:19 PM

Larkin, Athanasiou, Nosek, Holmstrom and Vahatalo are all listed as wingers but are playing or have played center at some point in their careers.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, we are fine and center and we are over loaded on the wings. We need to concentrate on adding on the back end. We should be looking to add a big name defenseman in the first round of the draft as well as possibly in free agency.

#2594637 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 April 2015 - 08:27 PM

I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but Bertuzzi got a goal tonight in a 6-4 Griffins win over the Monsters.

#2593130 Brendan Smith

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 April 2015 - 09:30 AM

Do you hear that Xavier, "We don't need you"...


Alexey on the other hand, "You are our savior, because you are above average at D, below average at O and RIGHT HANDED!!!" :w00t: 

#2593115 Brendan Smith

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 April 2015 - 08:05 AM

I just find it funny how people think that Marchenko and Ouellet are such huge upgrades over Smith. Most every single player plays above their head when they first enter the league, it's only a matter of time before one or both of these guys become the new LGW whipping boy. Marchenko is a fairly steady stay at home defenseman so his game will definitely translate a lot better than Smith's offensive style, which is why I don't mind that Marchenko has gotten the nod for game one. Ouellet on the other hand, is not in any way an upgrade over Smith. Smith is going through a rough patch here, but the amount of hate on these boards is crazy, but whatever, some things will never change...


Smith has absolutely no issue making outlet passes, that's actually one of his strong suits, his issue is he doesn't react great under pressure. If he is headed into the corner to pick up the puck with his back against the onrushing player, he is vulnerable to making a turnover, if a player passes it in his skates, he has a difficult time making a play, it will likely become a turnover. Smith can pass the puck up ice as well as anyone on the team, he can rush the puck better than any defender on the team, if he can cut down on his turnovers (I'm sure he will as they have cut in half since last season...) he will be a solid number 4/5 in this league for sure.


Anyway, that's all I'm going to say on this, I have my opinion and I'm up against the masses since his current f*** up is fresh in everyone's head.. So I'll continue to be patient, like I'm sure management will, and he will eventually develop into the player I believe he is capable of becoming...

#2593103 Red Wings' playoff lines and priorities

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 April 2015 - 05:52 AM

Everyone healthy with the exception of Franzen and Cole


In Tampa


Helm - Datsyuk - Tatar

Nyquist - Zetterberg - Abdelkader

Weiss - Sheahan - Jurco

Miller - Glendening - Ferraro


In Detroit


Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdelkader

Nyquist - Sheahan - Tatar

Helm - Weiss - Jurco

Miller - Glendening - Ferraro


Match Datsyuk's line against Stamkos' line, Glendening's line against Johnson's line, Sheahan's like against Filppula's line and Weiss' line against Boyle's line...

#2592865 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by krsmith17 on 13 April 2015 - 11:56 AM

Mrazek officially starting game one according to Babcock. - Ansar Khan

#2589979 % chance of making the playoffs

Posted by krsmith17 on 07 April 2015 - 10:16 AM

I may be in the minority here but I'm going for Ottawa to beat Pittsburgh in regulation tonight, as long as we can pull of a big win ourselves. Bottom line is, we hold our own fate, and as long as we can pull of two big W's in the remaining 3 games, we're in (and I'm confident we can do that). F*** Pittsburgh, I'd much rather see Ottawa get in over them. Go Sens!

#2586399 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by krsmith17 on 29 March 2015 - 07:31 AM

I agree 100% with this, although you better be careful what you say on here... I had a very similar post removed by the mods a few months back and a warning point (whatever that means...) added on my profile for "calling out" a few people that call themselves fans... :rolleyes:

#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.