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In Topic: All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

13 January 2016 - 05:04 PM

Tangradi is an average skater in an organization that wants great skaters. Seems like they forgot about Homer..... he plays the same type of game. Most of his goals have come from 15 ft or closer to the net on rebounds and deflects. Something the RW's need badly!

Yup, sometimes deterimination and some good old fashioned toughness to stand in front of the net and take a pounding can make up for below-average skating. Homer was never pretty when he went into the corners or endured a dozen cross-checks while screening the goalie but he always seemed to do a damn fine job. I'd like to see Tangradi get a shot at least, would be a shame to see him go elsewhere and have success when he was right under our nose this year and we're in need of that type of player again. I don't seen too many Holmstrom type players coming up... even if we do have an Axel Holmstrom in the system lol.

In Topic: All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

11 January 2016 - 12:52 PM

Athanasiou has been out with a lower body injury for the past half dozen games. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but he was in practice a couple weeks ago. I'm not sure when exactly he's due back but Nelson has said that he is day-to-day for about a week now, so I expect him back soon. I think Mantha should get a call up before Athanasiou does again. AA will be coming off another injury and Mantha has been one of the top players down there all season, he should be the first recall in my opinion. Tangradi has been great for the Griffins, but I don't think he'll ever be much of an NHL player. I do wish Nelson would utilize him more in a penalty killing, shut-down role, rather than a power-play offensive role though, because if he ever were to crack the Wings line-up (doubtful), he would need to be relied upon as a 4th line shut-down guy that brings a physical element to the game, not for his offense. Russo is more of an offensive defenseman but he could be considered somewhat of a two-way, since he's decent in his own end as well. Despite the points he's producing, he has never really jumped out at me in any of the games I've seen, which I guess could be considered a good thing. Ouellet is still definitely ahead of him in the pecking order, and I think both Jensen and Sproul should be ahead of him at this point as well.

Excellent! Thank you very much for the update, I wish I could get down to GR to see some games too. 


Curious though as to why there seems to be very little belief within the organization that Tangradi can't have some offensive success at the NHL level? He's not that old (26), and seems to have the size and hands for it. Is his skating sub-par? He was a reasonably high draft pick (2nd rnd, 42nd overall), at one time so scouts must have thought fairly highly of him back then. Maybe he's just a late bloomer? Franzen didn't start putting up any sort of decent goal totals until he was about 28yrs old; till then he was a 4th line, 10 goal/year guy. If Tangradi scores +30 for the Grifs this year and then signs with a different NHL club and puts up 20 next year in the NHL while providing a physical and net-front presence we're all going to be wondering why we didn't at least give him a chance to prove that he could do it with the Wings...

In Topic: All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

11 January 2016 - 05:00 AM

Anybody know where Athanasiou has been lately? Injured, how bad, when he's due back? I was hoping he would get another call up pretty soon and bump Helm-hands-of-stone back down to the 4th line and pk.


Would be nice to see Tangradi come up again and actually get in few games this time too. Seems he scores every game for GR, and the Wings could sure use his size up front.


Good to see Mantha playing better down there this year. What are the odds he gets a call up this year?


Robbie Russo - can anyone who's seen him play comment on what kind of game he plays? Seems to be putting up the points in GR. Is he ahead of X and Sproul now in terms of making the jump to Det.?

In Topic: 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

08 December 2015 - 10:22 PM

Aaaaaaaaand that's why we should keep Petr and trade Jimmy for... whatever.  Swear to god I could score on Jimmy in a shootout.

In Topic: 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

08 December 2015 - 09:51 PM

The real question now is: will the wings blow the lead?

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Thanx for that.