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Echolalia

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In Topic: Who is better Nyquist or Tatar?

01 August 2015 - 05:50 PM

I think Gus has more talent to work with than Tatar, but I think Tatar makes up for that with how hard he plays every shift, and how involved he gets.

In Topic: Then and Now: Tatar vs Hudler

01 August 2015 - 05:47 PM

I'm confused by the title of the thread, are we comparing Hudler when he was a Wing to Tatar? Cuz last season Hudler put up like 76 points, which I would say is definitely better than anything Tatar has done in the NHL. But if we're going with just their time as a wing, I feel like Tatar is more involved in the play, more noticeable, and doesn't seem to care that he's the smallest guy on the ice, which is refreshing to see in anyone. As far as points go, they're kinda in the same area, although Tatar's sample size is only two seasons, and he could easily become a more reliable scorer than Hudler was here. So I think Tatar has/will have more of an impact here than Hudler did.

In Topic: Jonathan Quick on snipers, including Datsyuk

31 July 2015 - 03:53 PM

Or his insane backhand against the Sharks in game 7 where we came back from 3-0. Gave us a chance to win that game. We were down 2-0 I believe

 

That may be my favorite goal of all time.  Top shelf, far-side backhand from the perimeter of the zone.  Just filthy.

To add to that, Datsyuk's backhand shot may be the best I've ever seen, and it probably goes unnoticed or is underrated cuz Dats is generally known for his playmaking and stickhandling.


In Topic: Pulkkinen re-signs.... 1 year deal

23 July 2015 - 03:50 PM

The problem i see with Pulkinen isn't that I don't think he has the potential to be a solid goal scorer (I do).  I'm concerned that he may not get a sufficient opportunity to develop his skills at the NHL level.  When Pulkkinen isn't scoring, there really isn't much else he brings to the table, and with the Wings' roster saturated with forwards, if Pulkinen isn't helping the team out, someone else will take his spot and do their thing instead.  Jurco is a big body that can be effective on the forecheck and in the corners.  Anderson and Miller and Glendening are all solid defensive players who can eat up minutes and kill penalties.  Maybe Callahan can bring energy to the game every night and provide a little sandpaper in front of the net and along the boards.  Maybe Ferraro decides he liked playing in the NHL and keeps improving to hold onto that job.  There are a lot of guys who can help the Wings out in a lot of different ways, and many of these guys have found at least one thing they can do on a nightly basis at an effective level.  Pulkkinen's niche was goalscorer and he hasn't been able to translate to the NHL yet.  The question is how long will Blashill keep Pulkkinen in the lineup to try to adapt that aspect of his game (and provide very little else in the meantime) and hold someone else out of the lineup who could potentially be a bigger help to the Wings in some other aspect of the game?  I don't know the answer to that.  Maybe Blashill is willing to be very patient with him and keep someone else scratched for the potential long-term investment, or maybe Pulkkinen learns to be a solid two-way guy or penalty killer to round his game out a bit and give Blash another reason to keep dressing him. 

At least it looks like Datsyuk won't be in the lineup to start the season, and who knows what's going on with Franzen, and there's sure to be an obligatory injury or two to someone else, so at the start of the season I think Pulkkinen will see ice time.  But if he doesn't find a niche he can be effective in by the time people start getting healthy again we might see him scratched out of the lineup before he has a chance to become that right-handed sniper we've been wanting to see on the squad.


In Topic: Wings lose scout to leafs

23 July 2015 - 02:32 PM

do we get compensated for each person who leaves the organization, or is that limited to certain roles?