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01-09-2013, 03:56 AM
Fearful Symmetry
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Originally Posted by The Red Line View Post
Do you mean they haven't drafted high in many years? Because that is true. They have had the lowest average picks of any team for the past 20+ years.

Yet still they have guys like Smith, Nyquist (if these aren't high-end prospects, what are?), Tatar, Jurco, Almqvist, Jarnkrok, Ouellet, Sproul, Mrazek...

If you don't follow prospects, then I can see where your misgivings come from, but to say they have a shallow pool of prospects is simply incorrect.

I also find it funny how people can so easily claim how poor their defense is when they haven't even played a single game together.

Believe it or not, the Wings have pretty darn good depth defensively... what they are lacking is the true #1 dman, however with the depth on D - in terms of actual defenders, forwards and a system that focuses on defence - I don't see how the loss of one player (a 42 year old, who people like to assume retired while still in his prime, which he didn't) will be the difference between making the playoffs or not.

Sounds like a lot of wishful thinking from jealous fanbases. The same wishful thinking I've been hearing for the past 15 years. I guess if you keep it up forever its bound to one day come true....
Nah, the Kings fans aren't afraid of Detroit at all. And we're the last team to be jealous.
And you're sounding a bit like an Oiler fan talking about how your pile of second tier prospects will take you to the promised land...except the Oiler fans' prospects include three consensus #1s. Hey, the Kings have a ton of defensemen prospects too. They'll also maybe be full time NHLers just like yours might...when Datsyuk and Zetterberg are almost retired.

And I didn't say the loss of one guy on defense was everything. I'm saying your defense wasn't that good with that guy AND you lost that guy to boot.

Detroit has brought up some decent to good young role players and a few second liners the last three years but there hasn't been a move that whole time to acquire the players who will take over the team. Right now, Detroit is a non-factor in the West...a bubble team. That's not what I call Red Wings hockey.

Maybe they need a new GM who is willing to make big trades and throw money at UFAs. I don't know. What I see is them on the decline with no special player who is coming aboard to turn things around.

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