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07-17-2012, 04:53 PM
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Abdelkader made a favorable impression on Wings coach Mike Babcock while playing for Team USA at the World Championships in May, and the Wings are hoping that'll translate into further success for the coming season.

Made a favorable impression on Babcock during the World's?? What has been going on the past 3 seasons where Babcock has watch him play everyday?

Why when Wings go off to the international tourneys they tend to have really, really good performances? Rafalski was the best DMan in the last Olympics. Kronwall was the best DMan in the '06 Worlds. Datsyuk, Franzen and Z had pretty good Worlds this past summer.

Maybe they perform better not playing for Babcock? Maybe they like not getting their lines juggled every two shifts? Maybe they're just surrounded by a deeper and more balanced team?

I just find it funny that Abdelkader had to go play for a different coach outside of the Wings system for Babcock to gain a favorable impression for him.

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