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#2447131 Ten Games in: Player Grades

Posted by Guest on 22 October 2013 - 09:39 PM

As I've got some time on my hands and figured that doing so would be enjoyable, I've jotted down my opinions on player performance thus far. Enjoy the read.



Justin Abdelkader: B. Abdelkader's role is to crash, bang, retrieve pucks, and score where he may, and he has done a fair job of it. He may be better suited to the third line, as he continues to have trouble producing elsewhere.


Daniel Alfredsson: A-. It took Alfie a few games to get comfortable, whereupon it quickly became apparent why this guy is a lock for the Hall of Fame. He excels on offense, is scrupulous on defense, and positively exudes poise. Now he just needs to start scoring goals.


Joakim Andersson: B+. Faceoffs and defensive play are Andersson’s roles, and he has been performing those admirably. His play in his own zone, already quite good last season, has shown marked improvement in the current campaign, and he has become a mainstay on the penalty kill. He’s committed to defensive play in a way that few players are. Unfortunately for him, he spent quite a bit of time on that abomination of a 3rd line with Bertuzzi and Cleary. As was shown in the game against the Sharks, he performs better on a shutdown line. Look for him to continue improving as he matures.


Todd Bertuzzi: C+. Three points just isn’t good enough for the role Bertuzzi plays. He certainly tries his hardest, and he’s still got a lot of talent, but his age is showing. While it’s possible that he’s not being optimally used, it’s clear that he’s no longer able to generate much offense of his own accord.


Daniel Cleary: D. Cleary has been virtually invisible when he isn’t falling down or making a mistake. He’s still got all the heart in the world, but his play is even more dismal than it was last season. He has been utterly ineffective on offense---Babcock seems to have recognized this, as Cleary’s power play time per game has dwindled to almost none---and even the famously hard-nosed element to his game seems to be absent now; for example, he currently ranks below even Johan Franzen in hits and blocked shots. I can’t say what he contributes behind the scenes, but right now he’s taking up a spot in the lineup that could be far better utilized by any of several other players.


Datsyuk: A+. Datsyuk performs as well as he is able: that is, at a level matched by exceedingly few professional hockey players anywhere. He is capable of feats unmatched by anyone, and never gives less than 100%. He is truly as a fine wine, growing only better with age.


Danny DeKeyser: A. Truly a gem, DeKeyser plays with poise and ability generally reserved for players with ten times his level of experience. He has demonstrated his ability to ably play top minutes in any situation, and this with only 22.5 games of NHL experience. DeKeyser is performing splendidly, and it’s entirely possible, perhaps probable, that he has not yet even sniffed his full potential.


Patrick Eaves: N/A. Patty is hopefully on his way to recovery, though it’s unclear if he’ll have a spot on the team whenever he does return.


Cory Emmerton: C-. Anything that Emmerton can do, Glendening can do better. Emmerton is simply mediocre at everything he does, and he does not work hard enough to compensate. Barring a string of injuries at center, Emmerton's days with the Red Wings are almost certainly over.


Jonathan Ericsson: A. Ericsson has grown from a mistake-prone, boneheaded youngster into a rock-solid shutdown defenseman. While it would be great if he’d learn to better use that giant slap shot of his, he certainly does his job well as it is.


Johan Franzen: C-. It’s plainly obvious at this stage that Franzen is held back from stardom only by his refusal to exert himself. His excellent performance in the game against the Avalanche is a microcosm of his very substantial talent and ability, both of which will continue to go unused so long as he continues to float. One can only hope that he will someday soon find reason to reform his attitude.


Luke Glendening: B. Glendening brings a lot of energy and speed to his game. Though he's a bit undersized, it's clear he's got a future as an effective NHL grinder ahead of him. Whether or not that will be in Detroit is as yet unclear.


Jonas Gustavsson: A. Monster let in a couple of stinkers during his three-game run, but he was excellent in sum. Though his troubles have always centered on consistency rather than talent, it’s nevertheless good to know that the team has a capable backup.


Darren Helm: N/A. As with Eaves, he’ll hopefully be able to play again soon. Unlike Eaves, he has a guaranteed spot when he returns. Hockey analysts rightly refer to Helm as a difference-maker.


Jimmy Howard: A. Howard has thus far been as rock-solid as he was last season, or perhaps even better. He hasn’t yet let in a single bad goal.


Jakub Kindl: B. Two seasons ago, Jakub’s future with the organization was very much in doubt. Not so anymore, as he has developed into a fine bottom-four defenseman and continues to improve. Hopefully he’ll find that offensive touch one day. In the meantime, he’ll remain a very viable and cost-effective option for the third pairing.


Niklas Kronwall: A. Few if any complaints can be made about Kronwall’s play thus far. He has performed quietly and ably as the team’s #1 defenseman, as befits his well-earned position as one of the mainstays of the team.


Brian Lashoff: B. Far from his often bungle-filled showings of last season, Lashoff has performed very ably thus far. He’s unlikely ever to contribute much offense, and he’s best kept away from top opposition, but he has been consistently making the correct plays in the defensive zone. At the very least, he’ll remain an affordable third-pairing option.


Drew Miller: C. While nobody expects Miller to be highly visible, he is rightly expected to be at least somewhat visible, and he has thus far been neither. Perhaps this can be blamed on his linemates---he has played very well in the past with the likes of Eaves and Helm, neither of whom are currently available---but better things were expected of him when he was awarded his new contract.


Xavier Ouellet: N/A. One game isn’t enough to form an opinion from, though his performance therein was very encouraging.


Kyle Quincey: B-. Yes, Quincey isn't flashy, and yes, he doesn’t produce offensively, and yes, he probably wasn’t worth the 1st that was given for him, and yes, he hasn’t done as well as anyone---management included, most likely---had hoped. However, this doesn’t mean that he’s a total loss, and he has stepped up quite nicely in the three games since Kronwall’s injury. Hopefully this will continue.


Mikael Samuelsson: D+. Just about nobody wanted Samuelsson to be on the team this season, management included, and for good reason: he just isn’t a worthwhile component. He did, amusingly, score the first goal of the season, but his very questionable utility has seen him in and out of the lineup since. He’s not the sort to make glaring errors, but he’s also not particularly good at anything.


Brendan Smith: C-. “Frustrating” is the best word to describe Smith’s performance so far. It is plainly apparent that he has a very substantial level of talent. It is just as obvious that he lacks entirely the poise to go with it. His best two games of the season have come when he was not paired with Quincey; whether or not the two of them simply bring out the flaws in each other, it’s clear that Smith has a lot of maturing to do.


Tomas Tatar: N/A. Like Smith, Tatar has got a lot of talent. Unlike Smith, he’s got the poise and confidence to go with it. Also unlike Smith, he’s not being given much of a chance. Hopefully this changes; he deserves a proper shot now, not later.


Jordin Tootoo: C+. Tootoo brings a lot of energy and verve to the ice, and lays out everything he’s got on every shift. Unfortunately for him, whether or not he’s the best use of a roster spot is open to question.


Stephen Weiss: C-. Weiss hasn’t been nearly good enough, plain and simple. He performs decently in the defensive end and on the penalty kill, but he has been generally invisible, and his speed and ability have been nowhere on display. This can be explained away somewhat by his unfamiliarity with the system, but he’s got to turn his play around soon if he’s to justify the very substantial investment made in him.


Henrik Zetterberg: A+. Truly a worthy successor to Yzerman and Lidstrom, Zetterberg brings it all every game.

#2394852 WCQF Game 2 GDT - Red Wings 5 @ Ducks 4 OT (Series tied, 1-1)

Posted by Xitium on 03 May 2013 - 12:01 AM

Late night crew, in the house.

#2394829 WCQF Game 2 GDT - Red Wings 5 @ Ducks 4 OT (Series tied, 1-1)

Posted by Crashnburnluder on 02 May 2013 - 11:57 PM

That last goal was Emmertons man. We have OT to fix this mistake. It doesn't matter if it was 4-1 or 5-4... A win is a win.... Go home with this series split.... Finish it right

#2391989 WCQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings 1, at Ducks 3. (Anaheim leads, 1-0)

Posted by VM1138 on 30 April 2013 - 07:45 AM

Ducks outshot us like crazy in our earlier games. Gotta be ready for the onslaught and capitalize on their mistakes.

I have faith that the Wings can win this series.

#2392013 WCQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings 1, at Ducks 3. (Anaheim leads, 1-0)

Posted by Jersey Wing on 30 April 2013 - 09:15 AM

Doesn't a #7 seed always manage to beat a #2 seed? It's like the 12 vs 5 matchup in the NCAA hoops tourney. Why not us? 


WHY NOT US I SAY!!!!!!!!!!!

#2337619 NHL submits offer to NHLPA - **Suspension Warning Post #70 & #273*

Posted by Guest on 04 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

No I'm being real






Kevin Bieksa on threat NHL will kill season if no deal by next Thurs: "Deadlines have been moving, changing. They don't really mean much."



Phillips angered NHL tried to “pull the wool” over players’ eyes. | Ottawa Senators Extra http://www.senatorsextra.com/main/phillips-angered-nhl-tried-to-pull-the-wool-over-players-eyes …



Mediators have now been in meeting with the NHLPA for over 2.5 hours. #CBA #TSN


Chris Johnston ‏@reporterchris

While nothing is scheduled, there is still a chance the NHL and NHLPA meet tonight.

#2312751 Still no decision from Suter. Speculation abounds.

Posted by Nightfall on 02 July 2012 - 11:19 AM

Detroits offer to Suter was rumored to be 90 million over 12 years. Holy s***!

#2308268 Forums Upgraded

Posted by Matt on 20 June 2012 - 06:39 PM

As you've undoubtedly noticed, things look a bit different around here! The LGW Forums have underwent the biggest upgrade since 2010 and there are a lot of significant changes -- far more than I think I could meaningfully gather into this post. Many you'll notice as you continue to surf the forums as many of the enhancements are functional. Bullets:

There are currently two "main" template skins, labeled "White" (the default one) and "Red"
You're free to switch among them as you see fit by clicking on the "Change Theme" link at the bottom of the page.

Removal of profile pictures
IP.Board opted to merge the two into one avatar, and as of the last update I believe that remote-linking of images for avatars is no longer permitted (security risk).

The forums should show some significant speed improvements. Some of this is due to inline updating: Posts can be added to threads seamlessly. I'll continue to try to make as many speed improvements to the forums as I can.

More integration with social media
You'll see the ability to add topics to your Facebook/Twitter accounts.

Rep System replaced with "Like" button
No more +/- functionality as it has been replaced with a "Like this Post" button.

Topic Preview
When viewing the forum index (like 'General Discussion' here), you can mouseover a topic and see a dark gray down arrow icon appear to the right -- click it to expand the topic to view the first few posts before going to the topic page itself.

TapaTalk functionality is BACK
Some members have been clamoring for it to return as a mobile viewing option, so here it is. TapaTalk is now compatible with the forum (in addition to the standard Mobile theme that's also available if you're still looking for an easy mobile browsing solution.)

Custom Topic Tags
Options vary by forums and by member group, but there are now customized topic tags (or 'badges'). In the past it was limited to "PINNED" and "POLL", but I've expanded that to include "GDT" (for Game Day Threads), "SIGNED" for *official* signings, and "TRADE" for topics discussing an official trade. (Do not abuse this ability! It's a great visual aid for visitors of the forums and those that abuse it will be promptly suspended/banned.)

Better Spam Protection
All new registrations are IP checked against a known spam list remotely hosted and updated. This should help eliminate a large number of spammers that manually attempt to register and stops them before even seeing the registration form.

New Profile "Statistics" Tab
Just what it says: No see just how addicted you are to LGW by looking at your recorded posting habits by time of day and by forum activity.

Gallery Link added to Profile
A new "Gallery" tab has been added to your User Profile, for quick access to see what user's have uploaded and shared with the community.

Topic "Tags"
These replace the the topic subtitle (the smaller, gray text that was present on the last version). You can enter up to 10 per topic, separated by commas. Use vital keywords describing the topic, like a player name, team, etc., and it'll help catalog forum topics more efficiently to help search engine spiders and the search feature here work more efficiently.

There are plenty more, and I'll add to this thread as I can -- right now I'll be tending to little bug fixes here and there that tend to pop up following a major upgrade like this. (Also, if any members see something I didn't mention, please feel free to add it here!)

#2307290 2012 LGW Playoff Picks Game: Final Standings

Posted by 55fan on 14 June 2012 - 06:55 AM

Thanks, Mac

Congrats to the Lovely Reem

#2307185 2012 LGW Playoff Picks Game: Final Standings

Posted by NeverForgetMac25 on 13 June 2012 - 02:19 PM

Congrats to HockeyCrazy3033 for winning the 2012 LGW Playoff Picks Game. The bonus points for each series prediction gave HC the 2 points she needed to edge hooon out by 1 point in the final round.

Thanks to all of you that played, and please feel free to post any/all suggestions for next years' version within this thread.

Rank, Player, Total Points
1 HockeyCrazy3033 85
2 hooon 84
3 Dirty Dangle 82
4 Vladifan 79
5 Nevermind 70
6 germanwing 67
7 Stick 64
8 Hockey13Playa 63
9 edicius 61
10 GoWings1905 60
11 The Edge 59
12 Zohan Franzen 58
13 Norwegian Red Wing 57
14 NightFall 55
15 NeverForgetMac25 53
15 SaCkaveli20 53
17 55fan 52
17 Greatness=PavelDatsyuk 52
19 zetterisbetter 50
20 atodaso 48
21 Dano33 47
22 BlazeYoungBlood 45
23 Jeff6851 44
24 Wurzel 42
25 sibiriak 40
26 8 Legged RedWing 37
27 evilzyme 35
27 shaeb30 35
27 Namingway 35
30 Wingsequallife13 34
31 Din758 33
31 T-Ruff 33
33 wingslogo19 31
34 Donohue75 30
34 syntax 30
36 CrimsonFlame 29
37 Detroit # 1 Fan 27
37 servo 27
39 Cevari 26
40 Skiminok 24
40 vladdy16 24
40 Motown4013 24
43 Wings_Dynasty 23
43 FinWing 23
43 Ray1905 23
43 Tim.D 23
43 Dabura 23
43 Ram 23
49 P. Marlowe 22
49 bakerbert 22
49 HateTheDrake! 22
49 russianswede919293 22
49 marcaractac 22
49 IceSurfer 22
55 bkeck 21
55 Frozen-Man 21
57 WorkingOvertime 20
58 Gordie Howe hat trick 19
58 Z and D for the C 19
60 dat's sick 18
61 Grim 17
62 Firehawk 16
62 dirtydangles 16
62 DatsyukDangles 16
62 UKWING 16
62 Jersey Wing 16
67 SpiritFan 15
67 Zetterling 15
67 BMONEY 15
70 MulesWillFly93 14
71 Echolalia 12
72 Chris Avram 11

#2304357 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by NeverForgetMac25 on 31 May 2012 - 02:05 PM

"Retiring today allows me to walk away with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me"

Watching sports all my life,but didn't hear anything better than this quote,way to say Mr.Nick

Typical. Another brilliant statement from an even more brilliant man.

#2297258 Report: Luongo officially requests trade out of Vancouver

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 26 April 2012 - 11:19 AM

Who has another bad contract on their team that would need a good (not great) goalie?


Bad contracts are kind of their wheelhouse. :D

#2297424 Thanks, Matt!

Posted by fifthandbroadway on 26 April 2012 - 10:21 PM

Matt, thank you for all you do. I really appreciate the good hockey talk here and the knowledgeable posters.

#2296792 #8 Los Angeles Kings vs. #2 St. Louis Blues

Posted by Dabura on 24 April 2012 - 07:10 PM

I've been really impressed with them they have a lot of fight in them.

They absolutely do. And I love it.

The Blues, on the other hand...well, it remains to be seen how much heart and soul they have. My guess is not quite as much (see, e.g., the lackluster finish to their regular season). I think that could very well be the deciding factor here. Who wants it more? (Official slogan of The Parity Era, I guess.)


Posted by uk_redwing on 22 April 2012 - 12:51 PM

People are allowed to be happy at rivals misfortunes.

Lighten up you gloomy f***ers.