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Alan O'Bricke

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#2577726 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by Alan O'Bricke on 02 March 2015 - 04:17 PM

I guess I'm saying trust me on Zidlicky, you'll like him. You'll note little smart things he does. He settles plays in his own end well.  I've been watching his game over the last couple months and he does the right things at the right time.

This is correct and a great point. A lot of these people who want superstar player X because he scores this many goals and this many assists, that's not all that goes into a GM's decision. They don't make trades just by looking at stats on nhl.com

If Detroit got Mike Green in the offseaon, great! Babcock would have a full season to teach him the required defensive responsibilities of the game, the system and the team. One thing to think about, besides his offense, Green's hockey IQ might bot be that high. He might not learn the defensive side of detroit's system before the playoffs. Shooting and scoring come naturally to Green, where defense doesn't. Zidlicky might put up some numbers, but he will for sure be in the right place at the right time defensively, and when you only have 20 games to settle in, the defensive responsibility is a lot more important to have. I hope that made some sense.

#2570143 2/11 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Penguins 4

Posted by Alan O'Bricke on 11 February 2015 - 09:26 PM

Most of the comments here are embarassing. I wish a lot of people would either play hockey at a somewhat high/competitive level, or shut up a bit.

What has everyone here been crying for forever?
"Let the kids play"
"Get rid of Franzen"
"Bench Cleary"
Etc, etc.

Guess what? All of those are happening and still no one is happy. Hockey has ups and downs, you are not going to win every game and sometimes you're going to get smoked. It's a curve, especially with teams like Detroit who have players who are still learning what it takes. You don't figure out the NHL in a couple games, in a stretch of games or sometimes even in a season. It takes time. They're learning.

You think Pittsburgh is in a different class than Detroit(someone said this)? They have more talent, arguably, but they don't have leadership, heart, compete level and usually no work ethic. Have you watched all the games PIT has collapsed in? Have you taken a look at their record against their division?

I get that this is an internet forum and the point is to discuss hockey and the game at hand, but it doesn't HAVE to be a hyperbole tabloid styled bitchfest. It could be real discussion with thought, not ripping your favorite team to shreds because they didn't "punch Cindy in the face!"

#2427465 Wings sign Alfredsson to 1-year, $3.5m deal (+$2m bonuses)

Posted by Alan O'Bricke on 05 July 2013 - 04:13 PM

I think it's a great signing. Has anyone seen Alfredsson not bring it? He's a competitor. Vinny doesn't if he doesn't want to. Alfredsson f***in brings it, every game. That's not a stat. He wants to win.

#2385223 Ryan White headshot on Kent Huskins

Posted by Alan O'Bricke on 15 April 2013 - 10:17 PM

..You also see the philly guy watching out for his teammate? He was on him instantly...wish Detroit had someone like that now. Too too doesn't count since he is never on the ice...

You and me both. I wish we had the same consistant team Philly ice's every year.


Well, maybe not.

Also, I'd like to point out, everyone knows Philly is a scrappy team. Everyone knows if thet get fed up that someone on the Flyers will gladly hand their ass to them, or cheap shot them possibly. Even with all that info plain as day to everyone, that didn't stop Ryan White.

#2384320 Vladdy walks independently - Believe16Вери

Posted by Alan O'Bricke on 13 April 2013 - 12:35 AM

I didn't see this posted yet, thought I would spread the image. The webpage wasn't working for me but it was for others.



#2347436 98 pts in 98 AHL games

Posted by Alan O'Bricke on 27 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

Jason Krog lights up the AHL every year.  It's the minor leagues for a reason.
I do think Nyquist should get more of a chance, but not because he can score in the AHL.  

Isn't Jason Krog 35+ and has played 200 NHL games? Nyquist being considerbly younger and showing consistency over a 98 game span shouldn't be nullified because he's in a lower league. I think the technical term for this type of evaluation is called scouting.