With today's news of Helm coming back, as well as Eaves, in a couple weeks what do y'all think is gonna happen with the lineup?
Tootoo has played well enough to keep his spot in the lineup so far. Glendening has impressed, but we can send him back to GR without going through waivers (which I have to assume we will do once Helm is back). If nobody else gets injured (and that is a moderately sized "if") who are we getting rid of, and how?
I have to think that Sammy is on the bottom rung of the totem pole right now, but how do we get rid of him?
Do you think we shop Tatar? I sure hope not, but where does he fit in the lineup? I would still rather have him in the lineup over Tootoo, and also have him on the 2nd PP over Cleary.
Miller is playing well and looks good on the PK
Bottom line, Nyquist is looking further and further from the Wings lineup.
I t'was thinking about the end of season award and how Pavs should basically win the Selke every year...
I was also reading about Letang's injury and I was thinking about how overrated he is as a defenseman (I believe he get a reputation as a valuable defenseman because of his inflated offensive stats)...
Then I started thinking (sure the word "thinking" might be an overstatement)... there are multitude of awards for offensive production for fowards:
Hart = MVP (usually a F)
Ross = Most Points (always a F)
Lindsay = Best Player (usually a F)
Richard = Most Goals (always a F)
Calder = Best Rookie (Usually a F)
And those awards are heavily, if not singularly, based on offensive production...
Then on top of those there's the SELKE "awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."
Still, much like Gold Gloves in baseball, the winner of the Selke has to have some offensive production to even be noticed...
My question becomes this: Why is there only one award for defensemen?
The Norris has predominantly gone to the best offensive-defenseman even though it is stated to be "awarded to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position."
There is no way someone wins the Norris without offensive production... We were lucky with Nick because he was the best offensive and defensive defenseman.
I say create another award for defensemen... perhaps the best defensive-defenseman award. Name it after Eddie Shore, Doug Harvey, or dare I say... Nick Lidstrom
I don't know how the new CBA works regarding juniors, but is he stuck there the whole year? Is he even allowed to play in the AHL this year? IF, he keeps this kind of pace up I would think he would need better competition to continue to develop.