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#2615559 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 21 June 2015 - 08:01 AM

frank, your description of Strome also fits Larkin to a t... He's big, 6'1", nearly 200lbs, as an 18 year old, has an unbelievable two-way game, has a great work ethic... From the very little I've seen of Strome in the OHL last season and from articles I've read, I don't believe he is "great" on the defensive side of the puck. I'm not saying Larkin will be as awesome as Toews, but I do believe he will be compared to such players for his defensive acumen. He absolutely does have all the tools to be a Toews lite or a Kesler or better in a few years. I'm saying he will be a top two center, 60-70 point guy and a defensive stalwart. Does that mean he will captain the Red Wings next year and bring home 3 Cups in less than a decade? No. It means as an individual player, he can and I think likely will be a Toews / Kesler like player...

Also, as I've stated before, I firmly do believe that if Larkin were to be drafted this year, he would absolutely go in the top 5. We're lucky to have gotten him where we did last year. I do agree with you 100% with the development process and that we shouldn't rush him. Let's bring him along slowly and hopefully he hits his ceiling. If he does we will have one hell of a player.

#2615530 Retire Sergei Fedorovís Jersey Immediately

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 June 2015 - 09:57 PM

I'm a huge fan of both Datsyuk and Zetterberg, I think they're both world class players and were two of the best in the business in their prime. In saying that, I'm not sure if either should have their numbers retired. If they do, awesome, if they don't, it's definitely not a knock on either's career. I however agree 100% with what kliq has been saying in this entire debate. kickazz, you seem to repeating the same stance over and over again, most of which I disagree with. I'm not saying either opinion is correct but I do agree with kliq's arguments. We shall see how it all plays out... Anyway, I'm drunk. Can't wait for the draft / training camp... I miss hockey... Go Wings!

#2615512 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 June 2015 - 05:30 PM

We don't have room for both Franson and Green, neither roster spots nor cap space. And there's also no way both would sign here anyway. There will be a dozen other teams going hard for both of these guys as well. I'm okay with going after both in hopes of landing one of them, but it would be foolish to think we have any chance of getting both. I'm not worried about making space for Ouellet and Marchenko but there is no way either sit as the number 7 defenseman when both can be sent down to Grand Rapids...

#2615451 Will Wings Revisit Signing Phaneuf?

Posted by krsmith17 on 20 June 2015 - 09:49 AM

Frank, Phaneuf is not the "best option by far". If you're looking for the most rugged, physical defenseman available that can also put up points, the best option by far is Cody Franson. He wouldn't cost us any assets, he would come with a cheaper cap hit, he's 3 years younger, he's bigger, stronger, hits more, blocks almost as many shots, provides almost as much offense, he's a right handed shot, he is an upgrade in almost every area in my opinion... Franson > Phaneuf

#2615202 Last 16 Cup Winners Bracket (from Reddit)

Posted by krsmith17 on 19 June 2015 - 05:40 AM

I'm still disappointed that the 2011 Stanley Cup Champs Detroit Red Wings didn't beat the 2001 Stanley Cup Champs Colorado Avalanche... I mean, of all the years we won the Stanley Cup, surely the 2011 squad was the most talented.........

#2614868 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 June 2015 - 09:19 PM

I don't necessarily think it would be a bad trade but I still wouldn't do it. My bet would be that Edmonton wins that trade in 5 years time. Sure, all signs point toward Drailsaitl being a stud top line center, but like Mantha, at this point it's all just potential. He hasn't "proven" anything at the NHL level yet. His ceiling is a very good top line center, but I t's possible he tops out at a good 2nd line center. I think Sheahan will be that in a year or two. Then on top of that we lose a very high end prospect in Mantha, that for whatever reason, a lot of people have seem to given up on, after one season of pro... as well as a decent defense prospect in Ouellet and we also move back in this years draft... No Thanks!!!

#2614799 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 June 2015 - 02:12 PM

It's an impossible debate to successfully partake in... But all of those guys would go ahead of him regardless?... No one knows where Larkin would go in this draft, but I believe he would be a top 5 pick for sure after his breakout season last year.

Mantha will be fine. People need to relax on this kid. I just hope Holland stays true to his word and gives him "more time to develop".

#2614783 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 June 2015 - 01:25 PM

No way, the Hawks lose Seabrook. Not going to happen.

#2614767 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 16 June 2015 - 12:16 PM

If Larkin was two months younger, he would have been draft eligible in this years draft, and he would have been a top 3-5 pick for sure.

#2614428 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 June 2015 - 07:49 AM

They didn't "drop the ball" on anything... They refused to trade him, for good reason, and they're not all of a sudden trying to trade him. Mantha isn't going anywhere. He will get another season in Grand Rapids and likely push for a spot in Detroit in 2016-17. My bet is he scores at or close to a point per game next season for the Griffins. People are acting like he's a bust after one season of pro... :wacko:

#2614424 Wings open to trading Mantha and/or their 1st Round Pick

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 June 2015 - 05:38 AM

Put me in the group of people that would prefer to trade one of Nyquist or Tatar before either Larkin or Mantha.

#2614127 Report: Cleary wants to return for 1 more season

Posted by krsmith17 on 12 June 2015 - 12:52 PM

Yes, Jurco could have and should have been sent down last season. I think he should have started the season in Grand Rapids, even if we were short with the big club and we had to sign a vet. He simply wasn't ready. There's not a doubt in my mind that both Jurco and Pulkkinen would have benefitted from Tomas spending one more season in the minors. Make no mistake though, losing Nestrasil to Carolina last season was no huge loss, by any stretch. He will top out at 30 points, and those players are a dime a dozen.


On Cleary, I honestly don't believe he will be on the 23 man roster in October. If he is offered another contract it will be based on a tryout. I'd love to see him stay with the organization, much like Draper and Maltby have, in some sort of training (strength and conditioning) role. I love Cleary, being a fellow Newfie, and I wish he had more left in the tank, but it's clear that he has given all he can as a player. He's done...

#2614077 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 12 June 2015 - 07:36 AM

Wasn't sure where to put this, but Dylan Larkin is Hockey Future's 2015 NHL Prospect of the Year.


#2613641 Jeff Blashill named 27th head coach in Red Wings history

Posted by krsmith17 on 09 June 2015 - 11:45 AM

Love It!!!


I'm assuming Granato will take over the forwards and power-play and Chelios will take over the defense and penalty-kill?


It would only make sense to have the forward take over the offense and the defenseman take over the defense... wouldn't it?...

#2613260 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 05 June 2015 - 12:32 PM

I still think we should trade up, rather than trading back. We have a ton of depth at all positions, what we lack is elite talent. We're obviously not getting anywhere near the top 5, and likely not even within the top 10. However, if Zach Werenski is still available at 12, I would give Nill a call and see if he wants to make a trade. I would offer up a package of something like our 2015 1st round pick (19th overall), 2016 2nd round pick, Xavier Ouellet for their 2015 1st round pick (12th overall).


I would then select Werenski in the 1st round and Matthew Spencer in the 2nd round.