we've seen what holding back some of our forwards over old vets has done this year. Is there a case that we could do
the same with the young D men?
Almquist 23 5'11" 178lb LH I really hope that Almquist gets a good chance to show what he can do in pre-season, although I fear his fate
would have been decided long before the 2014-15 camp gets here. Out of options and with a crowded roster next year means Wings fans
may never see Adam in a Wings uniform again. His top hockey sense and passing skill from the blueline may not be enough to give him that
extra look that he needs to earn that spot on the roster. Maybe he goes to another organisation and hits it off, but I can't see him being able
to do it here. His points from the blueline in GR are not to be sniffed at and are just short of what Kronwall put up while on the farm. I fear the
numbers game will see Almquist leave this summer.
Marchenko 22 6'2 212lb RH has been one of the griffins most reliable D men this year and stepped into the AHL without missing a beat.
Played almost 100 games in the KHL and was nearly a PPG in his early years in the MHL. Played 10 games as a 17yr old for CSKA, and
you dont do that without someone seeing you've got what it takes. Alexei looks like he could step into a # 6/7 spot next season and it would
not surprise me if he does.
Sproul 21 6'4" 205lb RH the Wings are going to pick Ryan over Almquist to be the future 2PP QB. His size and booming shot will give him
the uperhand. Adam has more hockey smarts but his lack of size will see his time in Detroit cut short this summer by being traded or him
looking for pastures new. Sproul has had a solid first pro year in GR and was rewarded by his last day call up. By all accounts he made a
good impression on Babs which is never a bad thing too do. Another summer in the gym could see the rookie return at 220lb and give him
a shot at making the senior side, but another year in GR to hone is skill's and defensive duties is more likely.
Ouellet 20 6' 200lb LH the solidly built French Canadien is a future Cpt/A in the making. He makes smart plays and is rarely caught out of
position. He didn't try anything fancy in his 4 games he did see in Detroit and would make a decent safe # 6 or 7 in Detroit next year. He has
had a steady first year in the pros and is capable of putting up some decent numbers, which is what I think he will be doing in GR next year
along with his last day game partner in St Louis. Another year seasoning is what Xavier will get and then he'll be making a real push for a
2015-16 roster spot.