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01-22-2013, 10:50 PM
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New-School Red Wings.

The age-old formula for the Red Wings may finally be at a point where it is no longer working. Every year people can justify the fact that there are good young players left off of the team, because the team is successful overall, and the veteran plugs they bring in every year, or re-sign, do a good enough job where people will defend them.

This year if the team continues this trend, we may be forced to change that philosophy, and finally start to prepare our organization for the transition of the future. The problem is, we would not be in such a bad spot if we had done this sooner.

I am a huge Brendan Smith supporter, and he has not played as well as I had hoped so far this year to be honest. But I don't think anyone here can tell me with a straight face if he played 82 games on a defense with Nick Lidstrom last year, that he wouldn't be a significantly better play than we see today. Same with Nyquist. Part of Datsyuk and Zetterberg's development into great players came from the fact that they were tossed into the NHL early, as young undersized skilled guys, and got to learn from a team full of great forwards and great leaders.

I really hope if our team continues in this trend that we start to phase out the Samuelsson's and Cleary's, and start to phase in the Tatar's and Nyquist's. We are seeing how hard of a transition it is when you lose someone like Lidstrom to make up the ground on defense. We don't want to make the same mistake for after Datsyuk and Zetterberg are gone, as well. You are supposed to learn from your mistakes.

This is kind of just a random rant, if anyone wants to share their opinions, or piggy-back off of anything I said, I'd like to hear any feedback.

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