The way coaching and the media hype DeKeseyer up it seems he's going to inherit the #1 tag in Detroit. I think he'll be like a Dan Giardi type, questionable on both ends of the ice but still doing a good job playing a lot of minutes
I like DeKesyer and I think he has a good chance to be a top 15-20 defensmen when you factor in what he does on both ends but this D lineup needs more depth. Offensive depth
Blashill's strategies are completely based on what worked previous years with Babcock. The guy is clueless. Rookies are only in the lineup because of hype and he's completely ran out of Babcock's old ideas. He's done a awful job top to bottom all year. Wings are pretty much bad at everything and they save their worst performances for the biggest games of the year. This team has awful coaching written all over it
When you lose an important game in this fashion it's called being UNPREPARED... Bad coaching. Same thing happened against Phillidelphea. Playing this way in key games like this is unacceptable and a sign of a bad coach
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