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#2607940 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 15 May 2015 - 09:30 AM

Buppy, we have taken a goaltender every second year like clockwork. We took Larsson in '06, McCollum in '08, Mrazek on '10, Paterson in '12, and Perry last year in '14. My bet is on us taking another in '16 and I really don't see it as a huge need with Mrazek in the system. Kid is the real deal and should be able to man the pipes for the next decade.

I don't see the point in saying "if Datsyuk and Zetterberg were already gone..." They're not gone and we have time for these kids to grow into legit NHL players before they do. Between Sheahan, Larkin and Athanasiou, there is not a doubt in my mind they can fill the top 3 center spots.

There are top pairing defensemen and top line forwards picked late in the first round and even in the later rounds every single year. With our track record in drafting, why would you think we can't get a top player at 18/19? Do you think we need to pick in the top 5 to get a top player? I don't...

#2607892 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 May 2015 - 10:03 PM

Both were dirty goals. First was a tip-in. OT goal was a rebound. That's what I love most about this kid. He goes to the dirty areas and gets rewarded. Don't be fooled though, kids got some pretty decent wheels, hands and shot as well. Very excited to see Little Bert in the Winged Wheel in a few years.

#2607884 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 May 2015 - 09:55 PM

What a beauty this kid is. Love it.

#2607801 Dylan larkin #5 prospect out of top 50 on hockeysfuture

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 May 2015 - 07:25 PM

So we have Larkin at 5, Mantha at 18 and Pulkkinen at 26?... Two wingers and a center. No defense...

#2607793 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 May 2015 - 07:01 PM

Mantha, Athanasiou, Bertuzzi and Nosek are not even close to being the same type player. Mantha is anything but expendable. In fact, he had a very reasonable year production wise for a first year pro. The only reason you along with others think he is a bust after one season of pro is because of all the hype. He was overhyped from the get go. Athanasiou is exceeding expectations but I'd be willing to bet both Andreas and Anthony have similar stat lines next season in Grand Rapids.

How is drafting a center the safer bet? And why would we need a center over a defenseman? We can absolutely get a top line center or a top pair defenseman at 18. We have Larkin, Athanasiou, Sheahan, Turgeon, Nosek, Holmstrom, Glendening down the middle. Surely they can fill all 4 center positions for years to come. We drafted what? 6 centers in last years draft? I guarantee we focus on defense this year and our number one pick should be a defenseman.

Anyway, I'm done with this. I have my opinion, you have yours. I'll talk Griffins but enough about the draft here.

Also, I agree nyquististhefuture. Well said.

#2607769 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 14 May 2015 - 04:24 PM

We traded back to get Mantha, knowing that he would still be available. We got our guy and were able to add, what is turning out to be, another very good player. It is way too soon to give up on Mantha, I have no doubt he'll be a top 6 NHLer in a few years, and Bertuzzi may have been drafted to be a bottom 6 agitator but he's looking more and more like a top 6 guy. I guarantee we win that trade.

#2607252 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 11 May 2015 - 07:43 PM

What I find much more impressive is that he has 34 goals and 47 points in his last 28 AHL games. I hope he continues that same success through the rest of the playoffs and the Griffins win another Calder Cup.

Hopefully he works his ass off in the summer and becomes a legit threat for the Wings next season.

#2607179 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 11 May 2015 - 12:35 PM

As far as I know, we traded away our 2nd and got a 3rd back in the Cole trade. And we lost our 3rd in last years draft in the Turgeon trade... That would leave us with 1, 3 (from Dallas), 4, 5, 6, 7...

#2607162 WCF : (3) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by krsmith17 on 11 May 2015 - 11:28 AM

My thoughts exactly amato.

#2607041 2015 Draft

Posted by krsmith17 on 10 May 2015 - 07:04 PM

Werenski would be awesome but I don't see him dropping that much. Either way, we need to take a defenseman in the first round, if possible.

#2606676 WMHC 2015

Posted by krsmith17 on 08 May 2015 - 07:06 AM

Dylan Larkin


2015-16 - Wolverines

2016-17 - Griffins

2017-35 - Red Wings

#2605874 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 04 May 2015 - 07:23 AM

I've watched a lot of Griffins this season (40-50 games) and I watched all 5 games of the first round against the Marlies, and one thing is for sure, this team is legit. Even with them being down 2-0 in the series, I had a strong feeling that they would come back to Grand Rapids and win the series. After they lost game 1, I made a bet with my two jackass Leafs friends that they would win the series. I ended up winning two cases of beer last night. :cool:


All of this talk about our center depth and no one has mentioned Tomas Nosek? He was without question, one of our best players in the first round. He's a big body, that protects the puck as well as anyone, and has very deceptive foot speed and hands. He flat out makes things happen in the offensive zone. Last night he split two defenders, dangled around a third man back, waited out the goaltender and feathered a beautiful pass over to Hoggan for the wide open net. Unfortunately Hoggan ended up hitting the post on the play, but nevertheless it was highlight reel material. I'm not saying he will do that at the NHL level but the skill is definitely there and the kid is still only 22 years old, in his first season of North American pro hockey. I think the potential of him making it as a 2nd/3rd line center is definitely there.


Pulkkinen has also been very good, but it kind of worries me a little that he still does his one go-to move; walks in over the blue line, puts on the breaks and winds up for the holy slapper. Sure, it works in the AHL but it clearly doesn't at the NHL level. I know he won't ever be the type of player that dangles past defenders but I think he needs a little more than that shot to make it in the NHL as anything more than a 3rd line winger / power-play specialist. In saying that, I don't think 15 goals on the power-play alone is out of reach next season if the Wings would actually use him correctly (ala Stamkos / Ovechkin, hovering around the left faceoff dot).


Despite Pulkkinen's huge numbers, I think the best player in Grand Rapids is Athanasiou. The kid is electrifying and is dangerous any time he's on the ice with that blazing speed. The comparison to Fedorov, although it may sound a little far fetched right now, I don't think it's out of the question either. Some of the similarities in their games are definitely there. The way they can take over a game with their speed, their hands, their size, etc. No, I don't think Andreas is going to put up 120 points in a season the way Sergei did, but I do think a few 80-90 point seasons at the NHL level could be within reach. People seem to forget that he is only 20 years old and in his first pro season. He has had a smoother transition from junior to pro than any prospect we've seen in our system in a looong time.


Bertuzzi is looking great as well, and although I thought he may max out as a 3rd or a very good 4th liner at the NHL level, I don't think the top 6 is out of the question. He's looking like he could potentially mature into a bigger Marchand type of player. I do still think 3rd/4th line duty is most likely, especially with our depth on the wings, but he continues to impress and exceed expectations at every level.


It is still mind boggling to me that Frk is once again out of the lineup. I thought he played great down the stretch in the regular season and in the first two games of the series (despite being losses). I guess it wasn't the worst decision to take him out, since the team rallied back and won the series but I do think he is an upgrade over a couple players in the lineup. One being Hirschfeld (the guy that got the game winner last night...) and the other one being Porter. It seems like he is getting the Weiss treatment, in that he can produce all he wants but he'll still be yanked from the lineup the first chance the coach gets...


Ouellet and Marchenko have looked very solid on the defensive side of the puck and are putting up some points as well, which is great to see. I found it to be extremely odd timing when Sproul was hauled from the lineup, as game 3 was by far his best performance of the 3 playoff games. I thought he had a very rough game 1, a solid game 2 and a great game 3. I would have much rather seen Lashoff or Evans out when Marchenko returned rather than Sproul, but again, they won, so you can't really complain with the result...


All in all, very impressive squad, and I think another Calder Cup could be going back to GR next month... :champs:

#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: