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09-12-2012, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Zorin View Post
At the time of the accident Grigs was clearly considered the hottest commodity the Wings had since the days of Lidström and Fedorov. The hype was about on par with Z, definately more then Dats at a comparable time. He sort of came more or less out of nowhere when he played himself on the team out of camp. Never was too much of a hyped prospect.
It was definately more then any of the prospects today. The difference is that next best after Grigs those days were the likes of Kopecky, an (at that time) underachieving Kronwall, a skilled but unbelievably tiny Hudler or a pretty unproven Flip. So not much to share the credit with. Today there are many good to solid prospects and even in the 20-s range of our list the guys have a realistic shot on the NHL. So today it is hard to imagine the hopes imposed on those very few good guys!

So that elite-talent thing is legit. Kozlov, Grigs, Vlad, Fish... that is a pretty tough pill to swallow. Amazing the Wings were and are where they are despite.
We do not have a prospect in our system as accomplished as Grigorenko was at the time of the crash.
Grigroenko owned two junior tournaments and was playing in the WCs on a line with Datsyuk as a 20-21 year old.

In successive years, we would have added
2001-02 - Datsyuk
02-03 - Zetterberg
03-04 - Grigorenko

Would Grigs have been as good as D or Z? While it's hard to say that now, at the time, we fully expected it.
We were looking at a mini-powerforward, built like a small Russian tank, who could skate fast, battle everywhere on the ice and score 30 goals. It's not hard to imagine a consistent 30 to 35-goal man

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