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Kenney Morrison

11 November 2014 - 08:36 AM

Morrison is a 22 year old free agent defenseman out of Western Michigan, originally from Lloydminster, Alberta. He's 6'2", 205 lbs, shoots right, has a cannon of a shot from the blueline, and is an incredible skater. He's a solid two-way defenseman but his biggest asset is his offensive game and he's a huge threat on the power-play. All signs point to this guy being a stud, and the perfect fit for the Wings, but it looks like the Oilers may be the frontrunners right now, being only a couple hours away from his hometown.

 

He played with DeKeyser a couple years ago at WMU, maybe he can lure him in. I know we have a ton of capable defensemen in Grand Rapids but I don't think any other than Ouellet are as polished as Morrison. The guy in our system that resembles him the most is Sproul and he's certainly not ready yet.

 

I hope Kenny makes some phone calls on Kenney. You can never have too many assets. If he is the real deal and he can walk on as DeKeyser did 2 years ago, we then have some assets that we could turn around and trade. Maybe Ouellet can be packaged in a trade to get a top 6 winger...


Joe Hicketts

24 October 2014 - 03:24 PM

I just wanted to show a little appreciation for Joe Hicketts, who we signed as a free agent last month (September 24th). He is extremely undersized at 5'8" 185lbs. so he may never make it to the NHL and he may be another Adam Almquist, very smart player, but can't put it all together because of a lack of stature...

 

Anyway, he is currently playing his third season in the WHL for the Victoria Royals and is second in points for defenseman with 15 (4-11) points in his first 11 games.

 

Also, an interested article...

 

http://www.hockeysfu...lock-nhl-dream/


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?