Having a guy like Datsyuk center someone like Mantha, Larkin , AA is huge for their development. Something the Oilers never had the luxury of doing. This time for rookies is very delicate for their confidence going forward
Lol Datsyuk is still the best player on the team. These young guys can learn a lot from him. He plays for the Wings as long as he wants to imo. As soon as he feels he's in the way of a better player I'm sure he'll know to retire but right now he's our best center and will most likely be our best next year and probably the year after if he wants to stay. People aren't noticing he's been playing phenomenal this stretch? His leadership by the way he plays is inspiring to the team trust me. These young guys see Dats taking slap shots and being physical for the sake of the team it makes them go out there and give what he does. His lead by example style of leadership is legendary and works wonders
Coming up in Q really did Mantha no favors. I think that's where most of his criticism stems from. He got away with playing a certain way over there because of his physical abilities but since coming to the AHL he's adapted his game and seems willing. No reason he can't become an elite all around player with his skill set, ability and attitude For years wings have needed a big bodied winger in the top six and they're able to just add a 6'5 mountain with endless potential. Changes the whole dynamic of the lineup
There won't be one. That's every fanboy's fantasy (mine included). We never houseclean, despite being mediocre for several seasons now. If you think missing the playoffs will prompt Ilitch to fire people or for Holland to change his ways, then we'll have to disagree.
LOL. Say what?
We have no talent on defense and have guys playing on the top two lines who are bottom tier forwards.
The defense is awful but this forward group can score and is better than last year. We added a 20 goal scorer out of thin air and the offensive numbers are still in the toilet
The defense is really really bad but the worst part is I wouldn't replace any of them with somebody from GR
Really exciting forward group. Hard to say if Flyers sat back and the wings took advantage or that they really found a gear but they looked as good as they have all year. Without some really dumb mistakes they would have tied that game. Mason was really good too
Just everything in the D zone is a nightmare. Every team in the NHL is telling their team to get on their D because it's really effective. The defense is really bad and nobody in the organization can make it better
Defense needs a total overhaul and Holland has a lot of expendable peices. Jurco, Pulkinnen, Sheahan, Smith and all the GR defensmen could fetch 1 or 2 upgrades. Not enough room at forward. Larkin, AA and Mantha are all full time NHLers next year
Blashill has not done a good job this year at all. He is a rookie and is still learning but this has been by no means a success for him. I don't think he's lost the confidence of the locker room but you can tell their is a sense of disorganization that nobody has any answers for. Blashill has to find some kind of identity by next year or he's gone. I wouldn't be that suprised if we miss the playoffs and he's fired for a more experienced coach. This season has been a failure in every way
Smith has shown he can excel when given more responsibility. He may be a guy that needs a lot of looks to really be effective. Imagine what a guy like Subban would look like if he was playing 12 minutes a night with no power play time. Let him play with Kronwall or DD in the top 4.
Märchenkö will be a good replacement for Q. Quincey has been sensational at times but pretty inconsistent. Marchenko is a rookie and is still learning the ropes but has done a fine job. He will only get better. The only thing is right now we don't need more defense first guys. Our main strength is our speed, one of the fastest in the NHL but we can't play fast when our defense isn't getting the puck up ice quickly
All these lineups are moot if Blashill doesn't keep them together. Everyone wants to see more AA. The kid took it upon himself to fire this team up and fight against a pretty scary Blue Jackets team when we were flat. Kind of embarrassing for the wings but this kid is fired up to be in the NHL