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HF Article 03-25-2013 03:25 PM

Petr Mrazek improves stock in Detroit Red Wings mid-season Top 20
 
 
Spring is just around the corner, and as the weather heats up so too does the on-ice action in leagues around the world. As we reach the end of the season in junior hockey and the stretch run in professional hockey we pause to look back at how prospects in the Detroit Red Wings organization have progressed since the puck first dropped last fall.



To borrow a metaphor more commonly associated with the other team Mike Ilitch owns, the Red Wings swung for the fences in free agency during the summer of 2012 and ended up striking out. Upon closer examination, however, it appears that Detroit might have budding stars within the organization that could make people forget the summer of 2012 altogether in the very near future.… read more



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petesrw 03-25-2013 05:00 PM

I don't know if I'd say they swung for the fences this offseason. Signing Samuelsson, Gustavsson, and Tootoo is closer to bunting. Three times.

The first two struck out, and Tootoo got a single, stole second, and then the coach put in a pinch runner because the game got a little too exciting.

Edit: Forgot Colaiacovo. He was hit by a pitch.

ANYWAYS. Rankings look pretty good. I'd say everyone in the top 5 is pretty interchangeable. Mrazek definitely deserved the bump.

FormerRedwingFan 03-25-2013 07:33 PM

I think the term swung for the fences is typically associated with striking out. The old saying swing for singles and you'll get more home runs. Swing for the fences and you'll strike out.

The prospects pool looks really good but Cleary still at least has 5 or 6 more seasons in him

cjm502 03-25-2013 07:42 PM

I think Almquist is a bit underrated here, he has the smarts to play in the NHL right now IMO, he just knows how to play the game. Size is the biggest problem, and it wont take too long for him to put on some size. The NHL is in his future, and there isnt anything saying he couldnt be a top 4 pmd right now, but than again I have admittedly always been high on Almquist.

Frk It 03-25-2013 07:46 PM

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Originally Posted by cjm502 (Post 62398067)
I think Almquist is a bit underrated here, he has the smarts to play in the NHL right now IMO, he just knows how to play the game. Size is the biggest problem, and it wont take too long for him to put on some size. The NHL is in his future, and there isnt anything saying he couldnt be a top 4 pmd right now, but than again I have admittedly always been high on Almquist.

Even if he puts on weight he is still a below average skater, and he's not tall. Doesn't help he plays with a really short stick. I think he's dynamite in the offensive zone but I think he will get killed in the neutral zone and by teams that forecheck well. Like Raffy at the end of his career.

I'd love to see him turn out like Enstrom, I just have a hard time seeing it.

Hendricks433 03-25-2013 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by petesrw (Post 62382967)
I don't know if I'd say they swung for the fences this offseason. Signing Samuelsson, Gustavsson, and Tootoo is closer to bunting. Three times.

The first two struck out, and Tootoo got a single, stole second, and then the coach put in a pinch runner because the game got a little too exciting.

Edit: Forgot Colaiacovo. He was hit by a pitch.

ANYWAYS. Rankings look pretty good. I'd say everyone in the top 5 is pretty interchangeable. Mrazek definitely deserved the bump.

They struck out not getting Suter and or Parise. They then started swinging for singles and struck out as well with stupid signings. I do like the Tootoo signing though. Sammy and Cola made zero sense.


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