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In Topic: Red Wings rookie camp roster revealed

05 July 2014 - 11:55 AM

In GR right? You can't possibly mean the Wings.

Why can't I? No one thought Pavel or Z were gonna be #1 guys when they were drafted. It's not like I'm saying he could be #1 next year or even the year after that, but I think he could make that leap eventually.


Everything I've read says he could be a dynamic two way player.  

In Topic: Red Wings rookie camp roster revealed

05 July 2014 - 11:03 AM

So we have Pulkkinen, Mantha and Athaniesou fighting for roster spots?  I think that's something exciting to look forward to.  Don't sign Cleary, cause I'd much rather have a kid sniper, a guy that skates like Pavel Bure, or a 6'5 power forward with a nasty scoring touch.  And that's just at forward. @ Number9, the Wings brass was saying all year that Ouellet is the most NHL ready of them all currently.  Those plays you're referring to, you see those every time he laces 'em up.


If AA can keep up the pace he is on he might be fighting for that #1C spot in a few years or at very least a #2C. It sounds like he has really been working on his faceoffs and two way play. The kid is electric. I would LOVE to see Tatar-AA-Jurco. That line could do some major damage in a couple years.

In Topic: Red Wings rookie camp roster revealed

05 July 2014 - 10:20 AM

I'm seeing a ton of really good things about AA so far in camp. 



As an added bonus, he's not only a speed demon who has incredible offensive abilities, but he's also pretty good defensively as well. He has the potential to be a dynamic two way forward with high offensive potential. - WIIM



Athanasiou takes the Datsyuk faceoff approach. If at first you don't succeed, steal it back anyway.

Yup AA is practicing face offs instead off drills with the wingers. I read he won every faceoff against Turgeon and Ehn.




I always take not of which player is the last off the ice, staying to tap/fist bump his teammates. On team Lidstrom it's Andreas Athanasiou




Athanasiou goes all out in these faceoffs. If he doesn't win one, he still finds a way to get the puck right back. Unbelievable. #RedWings




Andreas Athanasiou looks the most NHL-ready on Team Lidstrom, possibly in the entire camp. #RedWings



LOTS of high praise for AA everywhere you look. 

Some other things that stood out to me..




After a few times through the drills however, Nosek became a little more comfortable and made some great offensive moves. Time will tell, but he appears to have some great offensive abilities and slick moves with the puck. - WIIM


Jiri Fischer on Pulks... "He came into camp last year "ripped." In better shape than anyone." 

More: "A smaller version of Brett Hull, can score like Jari Kurri."

He expects Pulks to come in and challenge for a spot on the Wings roster during camp this year.



In Topic: TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

02 July 2014 - 01:58 PM


And if we make the playoffs yet get touched in the 1st round (or even finish 9th or 10th), all you'll see is the same status-quo approach from Holland and head into the following season with the same roster, just a year older. 


Rinse and repeat. 


Except it's not going to be the same roster per say. Yes mostly the same on paper, but we ended the season without Big E, Weiss, Hank and 1/2 of Pav. 


We started the season without Sheahan, Jurco, Nyquist, Glendening and Helm. The team we ended up with "on paper" of...








Big E-Dekeyser



Barely even played together as a unit at the same time! So even though we didn't go out and overpay for a bunch of unproven or old guys we will still see change. 

In Topic: TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

02 July 2014 - 11:51 AM

The blind head in the sand defense in here is astounding.

Fine guys, so you're all pretty much saying if we make the playoffs and lose the same way as this season, you will be happy.

Nice to see how easily satisfied you are.


We aren't Cup contenders right now. Signing Niskanen or Boyle wouldn't have changed that at all. They would've helped, but they wouldn't have put us over the top. So yes, I would love to still see us make the playoffs even if we do lose in the 1st round, but give me Pav on two legs...not just one, a healthy Z, and healthy Big E in that series and things might've been a little different. We might not have won but I don't think we would've lost 4-1. Not to mention our kids are getting valuable playoff experience. Sure as hell beats missing the playoffs all together. So what if we get a pick 3-4 picks lower than what we would've had? We aren't tanking. It's not going to happen.  Pardon me if I have realistic expectations.  :confused: