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In Topic: Lines Thread

Today, 09:53 PM

Good luck getting Dats and Z healthy at the same time.  And should one of them get hurt, who takes over that center spot?


Ryan O'Reilly, IMHO.


Failing that, Franzen.

In Topic: In an odd way.....

Today, 09:02 PM

Hopefully, we still need some of our center prospects to really come through once Z and Dats retire or we'll have great wingers but no elite centremen.


Oh, for sure. I'm just talking about the next few years, Datsyuk's last hurrah. Though, yeah, there's no guarantee that it's going to come together the away I'm envisioning it.

In Topic: Inconsistency

Today, 06:15 PM

If I had to guess, I would say that the age distribution of our team may be playing a role.  One one end, we have our current core of Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Kronwall, all on the wrong side of 33.  They're still great players, but the Wings cant lean on them as heavily as they used to, and I don't think it fair to expect them to string together win streaks entirely on their shoulders.  And on the other end of the spectrum, we have our up-and-coming core (give or take) of Nyqvist, Tatar, Sheahan, Dekeyser, etc etc all south of 25 years old.  They're great players, but not quite in their prime, and not quite experiened enough to be the leaders of this team.  If you look at the players that we have between 25 and 30 years old (which I'm arbitrarily defining as prime years just based on the notion that folks in this age range tend to have a few solid years of NHL experience under their belt, and are still young enough in most cases not to have lost a step or be plagued by injuries) we have Abdelkader (27), Andersson (25), Glendening (25), Helm (27), Miller (30), Nyquist (25), and Smith (25).  Four of those seven players are on our fourth line.  I think its also worth pointing out that even though I arbitrarily picked 25-30 as prime years, based in part due to NHL experience, Glendening, Andersson, Nyquist and Smith have all played less than 140 NHL games, which means that sweet spot between solid skill and durability, and solid experience is going to be delayed a few more years in these guys.

But who knows whats really going on.


I posted about this very thing a few days ago. While I don't think you can pin our inconsistency on just one or two things, I'm willing to bet this is the biggest factor.


The thing about a player's "prime" is it's not just some physiological thing that magically happens when you hit a certain age. It's largely just the fact that, being 27, you've been in this league for three or four or five years now. You're experienced, comfortable, confident. You're a veteran. Roughly half our roster isn't there yet, and you can definitely tell.

In Topic: Lines Thread

Today, 04:23 PM

If Mantha ends up looking too good to stay in GR send Jurco back down to regain his goal touch.


Hate to say it, but nothing Mantha does is going to get him more than nine games with the big club this season.

In Topic: Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Today, 02:29 PM

we will be fighting for a PO spot all year just like the past few years. Maybe make it, maybe not.


It's true. We're not catching the Habs or the Bolts, and the Bruins keep winning even without half their roster. That puts us in a dog fight with the Leafs, Sens, and a thousand Metro teams for a wild card spot. Florida might even be in the mix.


The big thing is, we suck against Atlantic teams. That hurts our cause in a big way.