February 6, 2010

Game #58 Red Wings at Kings

LOS ANGELES KINGS 4 - 3 DETROIT RED WINGS








14 comments:

cmk said...

So elegant, so succinct. Says everything.

David said...

words of a true wise-man

hockeychic said...

perfect picture for how I feel this evening. Still waiting for my mood to improve after that game.

Fox said...

Having been on the butt end of one of these a few weeks back at the Wings' expense ... life sometimes deals lemons.

Who is this Ellen M? Has my hard-earned lucre gone to the right place?

Also, may not be the place, but since mostly Wing fans here: got hammered for suggesting that in the Holland era, Wings success with North American draftees has been average; what say you: is that right?

beanie said...

Perfectly articulated.

Baroque said...

Jimmy Howard is North American.

Probably a side-effect of the past, where the options Detroit had were taking the less talented North American players (which has been heavily scouted, poked, prodded, and were well known to all the lousy teams with high draft picks) or taking a talented, less known and therefore possibly riskier European prospect. Same reason they can't get many big ans skilled players because those go quickly, so the only things left are just big talentless Coke machines or smaller but skilled players who might take a little longer to be NHL ready.

Rumbear said...

That may be one of your best written articles. Tight succinct sentences and great use of verbs.

Osrt said...

Baroque articulated our draft position/ choices well.

Helm and Abdelkader are also our drafts. Abby might not gain much attention but his type of game is crucial to win games. Helm will garner a lot more attention. Howard is genuine Calder material.

Also, we've done a great job of recuperating North American player careers. I'm thinking of Clearly particularly, but also Brad Stuart. Now Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller are on the Wing development train.

So, yeah, our drafting has concentrated on European and Russian players since the late 80s, but we've consistently revived Canadian/ American careers. Draper and Maltby are the key examples but they were before Holland I think. As was Doug Brown––"Triple Deke Dad's favorite player of all time."

Triple Deke Staff said...

Fox, I'd say it's not something that really crosses our mind. Between Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen, Kronwall etc. there have been so many European successes that there simply wouldn't be enough room to have an equal amount of North American draft success.

Fox said...

Thanks; that all makes sense to me (although, Stuart was not a disappointment in SJ or Calgary, and I think he did OK in Boston, it was only the Kings that were down on him).

Abdelkader is seen as a better prospect than Meech and Quincey were?

Baroque said...

Stuart was ripped pretty well by some Calgary fans, though. I think they were expecting more out of him based on his salary and trying to put him in the lineup as a first-pairing guy.

And part of the deal with Abdelkader is that he has had an opportunity to show more, including at college considering he played at MSU, and that kind of high-energy game lends itself to getting noticed more.

The team has wanted to keep him in Grand Rapids so long because he can clearly handle a checking-center type role, but they feel that if he is given the ice time and opportunity he can develop more of a scoring touch as well. He'll never be a 20 goal scorer, but 10 or so is not outside the realm of possibility.

Harren said...

Write something!

Baroque said...

Tyler only writes after a win nowadays. He's gone all A2Y on the readers. ;)

Triple Deke Staff said...

Sorry for the disappearance. Posting will restart after tonight's game. Unless we lose.

I'm kidding.

No I'm not.

Maybe?

Stay tuned!