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#2607746 What's our draft position this year? And best defensemen available

Posted by nawein on 14 May 2015 - 02:28 PM

There are enough euros on this team, wings need a gritty big bodied hard nosed player, preferable a defender

Or we could try to get one that can get the puck out of our zone. So that, you know, we have to defend less and can attack more. Therefore scoring more. Therefore winning more. But yes. Big slow tough guy that can hit and fight and block shots. He'd be a very busy man since he'd always be in the defensive zone.

#2598453 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Lightning 3 at Red Wings 2 (OT) - Series Tied 2-2

Posted by nawein on 23 April 2015 - 08:49 AM

People said last game that whoever won that game will win the series, now this game too. I'm going out on a limb here and going to say whoever wins their 4th game of the series will win the series. We're up 2-1, it's far from over. Lots of work left to be done. Let's take a step tonight.

#2595211 Game Two - Honest Discussion

Posted by nawein on 17 April 2015 - 11:49 AM

Ha. I told you it was crazy. It's just a thought.
I don't know. Maybe the Kindl thing is a bit off. I'll be the first to say I wanted Marchenko in and the first to say he looked iffy at best.
Tatar or Nyquist need to be taught accountability. In my opinion. 

Ahh yes. Because benching our 2 leading goal scorers after one game of the playoffs for not scoring makes a ton of sense. Also, they didn't play a lot on the third because we were short handed for most of it.

#2593136 Brendan Smith

Posted by nawein on 14 April 2015 - 09:52 AM

Well said RedWingsReign. Finally someone with a level head on the Smith situation. I haven't wanted to comment in here because the hate the kid is getting is beyond ridiculous and everyone knows how I feel about Smith. But I will say one thing, Smith has had a decent season with quite a few miscues along the way. He is still learning to play solid defense at the NHL level and I'm sure it will come. He's made mistakes over the past few weeks (since the slide) but so have every other defenseman on the team. It's just that Smith's f*** ups get much more focus because, well he's the new LGW whipping boy... The play while he was sitting on the bench, sure it was stupid, but it was a split second decision (obviously the wrong one) that could have happened to anyone. But alas it didn't, it was our whipping boy, so let's make a thread about how stupid / brain dead he is... and how he will never amount to anything... and how we should trade him for anything to any team that is willing to take this sieve...  :rolleyes:


In saying all that, I don't hate the decision to scratch him last game, and I don't think it would be the worst decision to scratch him for game one against Tampa to get his head on straight. And although I don't think that is confirmed yet, I do think it's likely that he will be the odd man out next game. But make no mistake, we will see Smith in at some point this series, and he will be ready to go.


Here's the thing. For your first point, it couldn't have and hasn't happened to anyone. Zetterberg has never reached out into the play while on the bench to play the puck. Kronwall, DK, Cleary, Tatar, Andersson, or anyone else either for that matter. It wasn't a split second decision that could have happened to anyone because every other NHL player I've ever seen isn't stupid enough to think "Oh, I'm on the bench. Oh look a flying puck! I should try to grab it." It's a play a 6 year old makes. It's the equivalent of a defensive football player running off the sidelines midplay to make a tackle and thinking he'll get away with it. There's no words to describe it. It wouldn't happen to anyone else because other hockey players have the ability to think and follow the rules. And yes, the thread was made about Smith because it's not the first time he's done something utterly asinine. It's becoming a repetitive problem and it's no longer excusable.


For your second two points that I bolded, I have actually been saying these things since I watched him play in GR several years ago. I gave him a small benefit of the doubt but he made 6 or 7 terrible reads and two of them ended up in the back of his net. I watched him a couple more times after that and that's been my position ever since. His play at the NHL level has only confirmed it.


Also I'll say this. The ability to think the game is the most important ability a prospect can have. It's not so much about physical ability or talent because those can be taught and developed. It's about ability to make the right read and react and have it be instinctive and fast. It's why Ericsson never developed into a top 2 dman despite his physical stature. It's why Ouellet will be better than Sproul. It's why DeKeyser is better than Smith. Given their physical attributes it's no doubt that Smith should be the stronger, faster, more athletic player than DeKeyser, Ouellet or Marchenko but Dekeyser and Ouellet and probably Marchenko will all be better because they have the mental side of the game that can't be taught. Smith doesn't have it. He never has and he probably never will. "A good player plays where the puck is, a great player plays where the puck is going to be." Smith usually plays where the puck was, because he probably just turned it over.

#2591941 Brendan Smith

Posted by nawein on 10 April 2015 - 07:28 AM

What frustrates me most about Smith is he'll occasionally have a good stretch of games and then right when you start thinking along the lines of "okay, looks like he could be trending toward the solid defenseman we hoped he would" and then he'll have a couple bad games and regress right back to me not being a fan of his play..

I understand everyone goes through growing pains and all that but, at what point does the inconsistency stop being considered "growing pains" and become just a part of who that player is?

Who knows. I'm still waiting for Ericsson to grow out of some of his "growing pains."

I'm in the camp that wants us to get rid of Smith. He's dumb. I've said that for years and it's still the case. Trade him while they still are seen as growing pains.

#2590924 % chance of making the playoffs

Posted by nawein on 09 April 2015 - 05:09 PM

As much as I'd love to see the pens not make the playoffs, I've come to the realization lately that I don't want them to have even a 1% chance at McDavid....

So, I vote the Bruins miss because I'd love to see that too. :P

Penguins don't have their first this year. They traded it for Perron.

#2590047 Tatar and Nyquist and Sheahan LINE

Posted by nawein on 07 April 2015 - 03:42 PM

Didn't know where to put this, but I thought it was funny:
Tatar seems to have acquired the nickname Tuna from Zetterberg

I don't remember where I saw it but I think I remember that Holmstrom was actually the one to give it to him and it's just kind of hung around. Either way, it's kind of hilarious.

#2587875 Axel Holmström

Posted by nawein on 01 April 2015 - 09:53 PM

Axels stats are eerily similar to Kopitars at this stage in their careers. At 18 in the Swedish elite league:

44 Games 10 goals 10 assists +6

47 games 8 goals 12 assists -12

At 17 in the same league Kopitar played 5 games and Axel played 4. Neither had any stats really to show for it.

I'm assuming Kopitar for more ice time and harder competition considering he came to the NHL the next season and scored 61 points in 72 games and he was taken 11th overall vs 196th, but if Axel can turn into even half of what Kopitar is he'll be another late round steal.

#2585802 Who should sit?

Posted by nawein on 27 March 2015 - 06:44 AM

My guess is Weiss and Andersson. I think we'll run something like

I'd love to see Ericsson healthy scratched on the back end and replaced with Kindl or Marchenko. Kindl has played well in his few appearances lately and Ericsson has been a dumpster fire. I would try running
Smith Zidlicky
With the top pair getting around 25 minutes and the others getting around 17 each.

#2585077 Dylan Larkin

Posted by nawein on 25 March 2015 - 10:59 AM

I want Larkin to spend another year at U of M. I got to watch a lot of his games and while he dominated play sometimes on certain shifts, it was exactly that. On certain shifts. I'd love to see him get stronger and take another step forward before moving to the AHL. He should be dominating most shifts, if not all and controlling the play whenever he's on the ice. I want him to get used to being "The guy" on the ice before moving to more difficult competition. This year he had Hyman and typically it was Hyman that was "the guy" even though Larkin wasn't far behind. He will be a leader on the wings in the future and I want to see him practice being that at U of M first.

#2582451 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by nawein on 15 March 2015 - 11:16 PM

This is where you completely lose me. Why would you move your starting goaltender because you think your 23-year-old back-up goalie, with 33 games of NHL experience might be ready to start? I can understand thinking Mrazek deserves to start more often, but why in the world would you move Howard now? That's just not smart asset management, in my opinion. Mrazek struggles and who do they turn to? Tom McCollum?

While I'm not advocating for trading Jimmy, I can see the logic behind wanting to trade him now. There are several reasons.
1. His value is higher now than it would be after he lost his starting job. You could get more for him. ie that puck moving defenseman or a Jordan Eberle.
2. Expansion draft. Rumor has it that Las Vegas will have a team to start the 2016 campaign. Trading Jimmy now allows us to sign a veteran guy that can play 30-40 games to a two year contract with the intention of protecting Mrazek and exposing said veteran. If we go in with two goalies that we want to protect, we will lose something that we don't want to. Whether it's a skater or one of the goalies, we'll lose something. This would allow us to protect against that.
3. It currently appears that the team plays better in front of Mrazek. His puck moving abilities change the dynamic of the breakout and helps us defend less. It's not a fluke that we score more goals in front of Mrazek. It's actually Mrazek.

#2582408 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by nawein on 15 March 2015 - 06:10 PM

Ericsson was -1 today. The only Red Wing to be a minus in a 5-1 victory. Huh.

#2579670 Nyquist's RFA Status

Posted by nawein on 07 March 2015 - 11:17 AM

I think he'll get something somilar to Reilly Smith's new deal. 2-3 years at around 3-3.5.

#2578095 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by nawein on 03 March 2015 - 09:40 PM

Marchenko will be in Grand Rapids.

#2573627 Dylan Larkin

Posted by nawein on 22 February 2015 - 08:16 PM

1g, 3a in a dominant performance tonight as Michigan beat Ohio State 5-2. I fully expect him to spend 1 more year at Michigan and then go to Grand Rapids. This kid continues to impress.