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02-18-2013, 11:11 AM
Run the Jewels
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Originally Posted by The Nose View Post
You can blame Fraser, Holland, and Babcock.

Our management is full of *******. They haven't and never will give Kindl a consistent opportunity because they're too afraid he will fail. And if Kindl fails, Holland looks like an idiot for drafting him in the first round.

We're never going to know what we have in Kindl because our management is playing not to lose rather than to win.
That literally makes no sense. Detroit 1st round draft picks:

Riley Sheahan: disappointment but very likely an NHL player. Still has upside.
Thomas McCollum: epic bust.
Brendan Smith: solid NHL'er but probably not going to be as good as we hoped.
Jakub Kindl: fringe NHL'er.
Niklas Kronwall: solid NHL offensive defenseman.
Jiri Fischer: solid NHL'er.

I think that's just about every first round pick during Ken Holland's time as GM. You have two really good picks (Fischer, Kronwall), two solid picks (Smith, Sheahan), and two busts (McCollum, Kindl). Why on earth would they be afraid to play him because he might fail? I think the more likely answer is he doesn't add anything to your team and there are better players on the squad who improve your chances of winning hockey games, which is all Babcock cares about.

In fact the way they are handling Jakub Kindl looks an awful lot like how they handled Derek Meech. They kept Meecher around for as long as they could and they played him when they were hit with injuries.

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