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#1912930 Samuelsson highest scoring swede as of today

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 10 March 2010 - 03:11 AM


He does not play with the Sedin's consistantly, tonight was the first night they had been toghether as a whole line.

I was one of the few posters who always stuck up for Sammy, and am glad to see him doing good.

People are also incorrect with their statements of him never giving us this type of production, as before tonight's game he would be on pace for 53 points, 1 more than he would have had prorated for 82 games his first season with us and the exact same his second. Given his increase in TOI, it isn't anything remarkable or unexpected... at least to me.

EDIT: If you gave Hudler Sammuelsson's minutes he would be on pace for 70+ points, and that is not even taking into account the superior linemate effect (Kesler+Mason>Sammy+Flip)

Not wrong at all. He regularly plays with the Sedins.

it's cognitive dissonance. Posters like Crymson try to find excuses on why something isn't going the Wings' way to make themselves feel better and to make the wings look always in the right.. They make up circumstances that would seemingly be beyond the Wings organization control(ie playing with the Sedin twins) as a scapegoat. What's even sadder is they usually don't even come out and admit when they're wrong. Whatever, truth is, he simply turned out to be a damn clutch player and the wings sure as hell are not the same without him. I will be the first to admit that I grossly underestimated his importance.

God forbid you preface something like goals scored by mentioning that he's playing alongside the second highest point getter in the league this season. I mean that's just absurd.

No one is saying Sammy is s***. But saying his play hasn't been inflated at all by the Sedins is just as absurd.

#1912865 Samuelsson highest scoring swede as of today

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 09 March 2010 - 11:56 PM

27 goals this man has, not even selected for the olympics.. Did he perhaps had 19-20goals at most with the wings?...now you realise how solid he was for the wings, F*ck...

I'd take them 27goals and lots of A's to go with it and more to come for 2.5M per year.

He's playing with the Sedin twins. If he was playing with Datsyuk in Zetterberg all year in the 07-08 or 08-09 seasons he could've put at least that much up.

Do you really think he's a better scorer than Hank? Don't be retarded. If you put Hank with the Sedins this year he'd have s***-tons of goals too.

internet talk is beyond lame.
roles aren't forced? mule was a 3rd line checker untill they realized how bad of an idea that was.

How'd they figure that out? Did they put him on the 1st line for a full year and force it out of him? No. He had a couple of games on the 2nd line to make an impression and immediately did. That speaks more to the power of confidence than anything else.

#1912681 where is our 2nd line?

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 09 March 2010 - 09:55 PM

Zetterberg needs to score some damn goals. He doesn't get paid to make plays. Zetterberg's #1 job is to finish plays.

When #40 is on pace for a 20 goal season it's clear that the Wings are boned.

#1911718 Bertuzzi, Datsyuk, Ericsson to play tomorrow

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 11:45 PM

Lilja-E might be just what Ericsson needs. Lebda tries to play too much of an offensive role, and it seems that is messing with E's ability to play strong D. Considering Lilja is a more pure blueline defenseman, he might be able to stabilize Ericsson.

A Lilja-E pairing will let Ericsson play his game. It's time to stop asking him to be a shut-down defensive defenseman. He's always been an offensive d-man who moves the puck up the ice well and likes to pinch in. Pairing him with a defensive liability who's constantly out of position (Lebda) was a recipe for disaster, especially with how E's struggled in his rookie season.

#1911625 Bertuzzi, Datsyuk, Ericsson to play tomorrow

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 07:25 PM

Good news on Bert, but why Ericsson back for Lebda? He's been good.

Good God, I can't believe I just said that.

Lebda overplayed a puck last night and it directly lead to a goal in the first period. He wasn't great. He was good the game before that, though.

But on the other hand, Ericsson had a good game against the Canucks. He was a +1 on a night when Lids was a -3, so he definitely doesn't deserve to be s*** on for that game.

Ericsson is a big piece of this club's future on the back end. Anyone who thinks Kindl is a defensive upgrade over Ericsson is insane. Kindl's struggled to be an even +/- player in the AHL. Griffins fans constantly bemoan Kindl's turnovers and bad decisions with the puck. He was last in the entire AHL in +/- two years ago and has yet to be a + player as a pro. Compare that to Ericsson who was dominant in the AHL. There's zero reason to think Kindl won't struggle much worse than Ericsson has next year. I know Kindl looked good in his 2 game call up but Ericsson looked brilliant in the ~25 regular season and 25 playoff games he played prior to this season only to struggle with consistency in his first full season. It's all part of the difference between trying to earn a roster spot and knowing you have the job. That being said I think Kindl has the tools to be a great NHL player... he just needs to put it all together. I won't count him out based on his AHL play-- Howard had the same problem and look at him now.

#1911369 Team you prefer to play

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 10:51 AM

This is a really tough call... any of the big three we might meet (SJ, Chicago or Vancouver) is capable of knocking the Wings out, but all are inexperienced at winning in the playoffs. I don't want to pick my poison but SJ is as likely to fail as anyone else (based on their previous play).

#1911343 Note regarding the March Schedule Wallpaper

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 09:05 AM

hey guys, i can write a program that can automate the generation of the images. let me know. i would just need to know where you get the team logos.

Oooooo that would be cool! It'd make Matt's life easier too.

#1911265 Thoughts on Lilija's return

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 01:40 AM

I thought he's been slow, I guess I should temper my opinion of last years Lils. But anything is better then how Ericsson was playing, Lebda actually hasn't been bad the last few games he did good day

Really? In the first period Lebda overplayed the puck and it directly lead to a goal.

#1911264 Thoughts on Lilija's return

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 01:38 AM

I think he has been very, very good considering he's been away for such a long time. Most of the time you don't notice him out there, and that's a good thing. He keeps it simple and doesn't pinch in time and again like certain other players.

Ericsson should take a long hard look at the way Lilja plays.

No he shouldn't. Part of the problem is that he's been asked to be Lilja this year. Ericsson's not a stay at home defenseman. He's a mobile, puck moving d-man who plays the point on the PP. The Wings have asked him to play a role that's completely different from the one he played and thrived in at the AHL level. Earlier in the year he was scoring and at one point led the Wings' defense in points. He was confident and was able to play good defense for a rookie. Then s*** fell apart for him and he wasn't putting up points or playing passable defense.

Once the points start coming for Ericsson so will the defense. He needs to get back to playing his game and stop trying to be a player he isn't-- Lilja. E isn't going to throw tons of hits and shut guys down with his size alone. He needs to go back to playing the game that made him an all-star at the AHL level.

#1909647 Jonathan Ericsson Watch Thread

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 06 March 2010 - 12:13 AM

Lebda actually looked not terrible replacing him tonight.

Considering that Ericsson was one of the only non-terrible players against Vancouver, I don't know how I feel about that :P

#1892487 2010 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - March 3rd, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 12 February 2010 - 06:20 PM

QUOTE (Dave @ February 12, 2010 - 02:54PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Really...all this speculation today and Ken did nothing? How very anticlimactic.....just like this entire season.

lol So you wanted him to make a move just to give you something to chat about. I'm glad he doesn't make moves simply for the sake of making them.

#1875343 Tatar Steals the #1 Wings Prospect Ranking from Kindl

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 28 January 2010 - 03:02 PM

QUOTE (Travis @ January 28, 2010 - 09:53AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Last time I saw Larsson play he was like a sieve.

Look at the stats man-- McCollum's been worse over the period of Larsson's bad play.

#1875260 Tatar Steals the #1 Wings Prospect Ranking from Kindl

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 28 January 2010 - 12:44 PM

QUOTE (UP2HERE @ January 28, 2010 - 11:34AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would say Tatar is a better skater Z and about the same as Pav. Z can look very "hoppity" on skates sometimes.

Fair enough. One thing to remember about Hank is his deceptive power and how well he stays on his feet in all situations. He's got one of those low skating strides that keep him up and balanced when others when be knocked down.

#1875256 Tatar Steals the #1 Wings Prospect Ranking from Kindl

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 28 January 2010 - 12:43 PM

QUOTE (Andy Pred 48 @ January 28, 2010 - 04:59AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
if you mean Andrej Nestrasil, he has a shoulder injury and is out of Victoriavilles line up for 3 weeks. He will be okay when he returns and Im sure he'll move up the charts. I think last years draft could prove to be one of the best the Wings have had for awhile. I see both of them and Ferraro being on the roster. Ref Tatar thou: The 5-foot-10, 179-pound winger simply has too much going for him, with all the tools to be an impact scoring-line player for the Red Wings five years from now.
5 years !! If he aint a Wing within 2 years Ill be very surprised and miffed! I said he'll be a Redwing before he's 20 and Im sticking with it.
Mitchell Callahan is the dark horse in this list, if he can bulk up to 200Lb we have ourselfs are very nice little 4th line pain in the arse with a scoring touch. He is having a good year so far, just needs to improve his skating.
Here's a bold statement thou, Smith and Almqvist are going to be the next Murphy and Lids!! My mate watches the Badgers and he says Smith is on another level most nights.

The funny thing about their 5 years comment is they can't mean how long he'll take to get to the NHL since he's already in the AHL.

He entered the AHL at age 18 (turned 19 in December). That means he'll run out of AHL eligibility (without passing through waivers) by age 21. By allowing him to enter the AHL this early Holland litterally fast-tracked him compared to virtually every other Wings prospect in recent history. No Wings prospect has ever been assigned to the Griffins that young in the history of the Griffins-Wings relationship (8 years now).

#1875096 Tatar Steals the #1 Wings Prospect Ranking from Kindl

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 28 January 2010 - 03:06 AM

Heh that makes me excited. I've only got to see very limited action of him actually playing, but if he is as good as a skater as Z and has the talent of Hudler (Who I honestly believe has more natural and pure talent than any player othen then Datsyuk on the Wing's right now) then it looks like we got another steal.

I saw that Czech kid dropped a few spots, got any specific info on him Drake?

Nothing beyond what Redwingscentral has on him, sorry man. sad.gif Following Tatar's been my real pet project. tongue.gif Man, imagine if we could throw Hudler and Helm in a machine and get one player out on the other side.... well two I guess, we can leave the guy with Helm's hands and Hulder's legs for the families to enjoy.