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Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

28 July 2014 - 07:20 AM

Uugh, I hate this time of year, little to no Red Wings related news, evident by the hot topics on the go the past week or so... Some of which include threads on ugly Christmas sweaters, clearance merchandise, and favorite player agencies... Is it September yet?... :bored:

 

Anyway, I figured this could involve some interesting discussion so I'll start it off...

 

 

12 somewhat bold but in my opinion, fairly reasonable Predictions for the Detroit Red Wings 2014-15 Season...

 

1. Datsyuk and Zetterberg play a combined 150+ games and score a combined 120+ points.

 

2. Weiss plays 70+ games and scores 25+ goals and 60+ points (career year).

 

3. Helm plays 70+ games and scores 15+ goals and 35+ points (career year).

 

4. Nyquist scores 60+ points and Tatar scores 50+ points (career years).

 

5. Cleary plays 50+ games and scores 20+ points, while everyone still ******* and complains about him taking up a roster spot.

 

6. Tomas Jurco scores 75+ points... in Grand Rapids, winning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (MVP).

 

7. Anthony Mantha spends the year down in Grand Rapids and scores a reasonable (but disappointing to most fans) 40-50 points.

 

8. Kronwall matches his jersey number, and puts up 55 points (career year), is a finalist for the Norris Trophy but comes up just short.

 

9. Smith finally starts getting some PP time and explodes putting up 40+ points, while also improving his defensive play.

 

10. Gustavsson stays relatively healthy but struggles mightily to keep the puck out of the net, Mrazek gets called up and plays out of his mind for 10+ games.

 

11. Howard plays 60+ games putting up career numbers in every category, is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy but comes up just short.

 

12. The Detroit Red Wings finally have a reasonably healthy year and win the Atlantic Division, finishing 2nd in the East.

 

Obviously there's not much of a chance that all these predictions come true, hence them being of the bold variety, and I'm sure there are some people here that would say that there is no way that any of them come true... But I'm willing to bet at least half of them happen or come relatively close...


Alexey Marchenko named to the AHL All-Star Team

12 January 2014 - 10:39 AM

For the article and full list of players: http://theahl.com/al...-roster-p189697

 

I'm really surprised Mrazek didn't make the team, as well as maybe Pulkkinen and Sproul. The games take place during the Olympic break so that's why Jurco wasn't named to the team.


Mike McKee

09 January 2014 - 10:01 PM

Mike McKee was drafted in the 5th round in 2012 as a hulking defenseman, he is now listed at 6'5", 245 lbs. and it appears that Western Michigan University has been trying him as a forward. I've been hoping for him to be converted to forward since he was drafted. I believe this bodes well for McKee, as it should improve his chances in making it to the bigs. He should have a much better chance in making the NHL as a 4th line grinder than as a bottom pair defenseman.

I don't know much about McKee other than what I've read but I've heard he is a decent skater with a booming shot and anyone that knows anything about this guy, knows he can fight. He could be exactly what this team has been lacking since the Kocur / McCarty days. Anyone think it is possible he could make this team as a role player / 4th line grinder in the next few years?


Alumni and Winter Classic Game Tickets

30 December 2013 - 09:47 AM

Does anyone want to buy a single person pack to two of the Alumni games on New Years Eve as well as the Winter Classic game on New Years Day? Me and a few of my friends are in town for the events this week and one of them backed out so I have one ticket to both of the events. I bought them online for $700 and I am just looking to get that money back. If anyone is interested, let me know.

 

Thanks!


What would you do?...

30 October 2013 - 08:22 AM

With the over crowded roster and Eaves making his debut against Vancouver tonight and Helm possible for one of the games in Alberta this weekend, just wondering what people think Kenny and Babs should do...

 

If I were Ken Holland...

 

Trade Samuelsson (retain 50% of his salary - $1,500,000) for a late round draft pick or future considerations to a struggling team with cap space (Florida, Buffalo, Calgary...)

 

Trade Andersson for a 2014, 3rd round draft pick to a team looking for depth at center (New York I, Buffalo, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver...)

 

Trade Quincey and a 2014, 2nd and / or a 3rd round pick to either Edmonton for Ladislav Smid or Philadelphia for Nicklas Grossmann.

 

Promote Nyquist and Tatar full time.

 

If I were Mike Babcock...

 

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Alfredsson

Nyquist - Franzen - Tatar

Abdelkader - Weiss - Bertuzzi

Miller - Helm - Cleary / Eaves / Tootoo

 

Kronwall - Ericsson

Smid or Grossmann - Kindl

DeKeyser - Smith

Lashoff

 

Howard

Gustavsson

 

I think the top line would absolutely dominate once they got going. I really think that Franzen is better suited playing down the middle, getting more involved and would benefit by playing with two young, energetic players trying to prove themselves. The third and forth lines have the potential to be the best bottom two lines in the league, one big, crash and bang line and one energetic, grinding line.