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03-06-2014, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ThirdManIn View Post
People always harp on Nashville's inability to draft and develop talented forwards, while Detroit is always heaped with praise because of late round gems like Zetterberg and Datsyuk. There is some truth to that, though it's often taken to the extreme. Detroit's European scouts are very good at finding forwards. Our strength is in defensemen and goalies.
There's more to it than just Zetterberg and Datsyuk who I would argue are completely luck.

The number of winners the Wings have produced at the forward position considering their draft position is fantastic. Hudler, Filppula, Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, Jurco, Franzen. The program is there and it knows how to identify talent and mold that talent.

And we just gave you guys a good one.

It seems the Wings have hit the bricks (wrt player/talent evaluation) since Nill has left town.
This is the first bad move in terms of talent evaluation I've seen since Nill left. Before that, yes, we had Tatar in the pressbox at the start of the season and Nyquist in the AHL, but that wasn't because we didn't think they were good enough. It's because we put our priority on making veterans happy versus putting the best team on the ice. So we started baddies like Bertuzzi, Cleary, Samuelsson over obviously superior younger talent. That wasn't for lack of properly identifying talent.

But this. This is a serious mis-evaluation. Our AHL head coach has done nothing but rave about the guy since he started. Even when he wasn't producing, he was doing all the right things and playing the right way. And now he's starting to show it on the scoresheet and that's when we choose to send him packing.

Headscratcher to put it mildly.

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