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Draft Rankings, First Edition

from Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet,

So, with some players on the ice playing and others waiting to get started, here is our first look at the Top 32 prospects for the 2021 NHL Draft.

1. Owen Power, D, U of Michigan (NCAA): Playing big minutes in all situations in a great program as a freshman is a rarity, especially for a defenceman.

2. Carson Lambos, D, Winnipeg Ice (WHL): Impressive WHL point totals (32 in 57 games) last season considering he was tasked with the toughest match-ups defensively as a rookie.

3. Simon Edvinsson, D, Frolunda Jr. (SWE): Confident avoiding the first wave of the forecheck before effectively moving the puck. Gets around the ice with ease.

4. Dylan Guenther, RW, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL): The 2019-20 WHL Rookie of the Year is highly skilled and a point-producing machine.

5. Brandt Clarke, D, Barrie Colts (OHL): Assertive defenceman who is never afraid to join and stay in the rush.


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Examining Tyler Johnson To Detroit

This topic was discussed a few months ago and if my memory is still good, I believe the majority of you were against any kind of deal bring Tyler Johnson to Detroit.  Johnson's AAV is $5M through the 2023-24 season.

from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,

Johnson would be a tough sell that could end up costing the Lightning more than they’d like to part with in terms of a sweetener since they can’t afford to take back salary. It’ll be a tricky bit of juggling for Lightning GM Julien BriseBois.

Perhaps BriseBois could attempt to move Johnson for a permanent LTIR contract from another club thus providing sufficient wiggle room to re-sign Cirelli and Cernak and remain cap compliant. Some readers have suggested swinging a deal with the Detroit Red Wings to acquire the contract of all-but-retired center Henrik Zetterberg and his $6.083 million cap hit.

Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is the Lightning’s former GM and BriseBois’ mentor so there could be a fit there. However, Yzerman might not be keen to take on Johnson’s contract when he’s still got Frans Nielsen on his books for two more years at $5.25 million per season.

more on Tampa needing to make a move or two to become cap compliant...

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Tops Draft Picks For 2021

from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

For the first time since arguably the 2017 NHL Draft, and more convincingly since the 2014 NHL Draft, we have a truly wide-open debate at the very top of the class, with several candidates for the No. 1 pick....

Aatu Raty (C, Karpat-Liiga), is a highly skilled playmaker with slightly above-average feet. He has had a tough start to the season between his Liiga and junior league play, and is in danger of not even making Finland’s world junior team after being part of the team last season.

Owen Power (D, Michigan-NCAA), came into the season as the consensus top 2021 prospect in the scouting community. And in a preseason poll of scouts, Power got the most votes as the top prospect going into the draft. He’s very intriguing as a 6-foot-5 defenseman who can skate and move the puck, but has been outplayed by his teammate Matthew Beniers, (C, Michigan) through the first two weeks.

Beniers isn’t considered the most dynamic player in terms of speed or skill, but he is very smart and his work ethic on the ice is elite. In the early weeks, he’s been noticeable for Michigan almost every shift he’s been on the ice. Most scouts agree he’s been Michigan’s best draft-eligible so far and several said he should be in the mix for the first pick.

Luke Hughes (D, U.S. NTDP-USHL), has only played nine games this season, and no regular season USHL games as the NTDP 18s were recently paused....

more (paid), another name included is William Eklund (C, Djurgarden-SHL).

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NHL.com Takes A Look At The Detroit Red Wings

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams from Nov. 16-Dec. 16. Today, the Detroit Red Wings.

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Detroit Red Wings will look a lot different this season.

They were active in the trade and free agent markets, adding goalie Thomas Greiss; defensemen Jon Merrill, Marc Staal and Troy Stecher; and forwards Bobby Ryan and Vladislav Namestnikov.

At the same time, they subtracted goalie Jimmy Howard; defensemen Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson; and forwards Justin Abdelkader and Brendan Perlini.

They are taking a patient, methodical approach to their rebuild. General manager Steve Yzerman declines to give a timeline for a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which the Red Wings have missed the past four seasons.

continued (includes more features too)

Below, watch Cotsonika and Dan Rosen answer questions facing the Wings.

Continue Reading »

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Forget Boston, How About Detroit?

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Stream- Kevin Allen And Brian Burke Join The Word On Woodward

Stream begins at 12pm ET.


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Good Contract, Bad Contract

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

In this exercise, we identified the best contracts on every team, the ones with which the player provides the most production per dollar. We also identified the worst -- you know, the ones that drive both fans and general managers up the wall.

Detroit Red Wings
Dylan Larkin 24, C, $6.1 million through 2022-23

The Red Wings were bottom-feeders last season, as they are in total revamp mode. Steve Yzerman is essentially trying to build a winner from scratch, though the top line of Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi (all 26 and under) is worth building around. The best of the bunch is Larkin, a fiery leader and likely next captain of this team (he currently wears an "A"). Having your No. 1 center count about $6 million against the cap is a coup in today's NHL.

Worst: Frans Nielsen 36, C, $5.25 million through 2021-22

For the better part of the decade, the Red Wings have been saddled by bloated, poorly aging contracts -- the aftermath of 25 consecutive playoff appearances. Ken Holland passed the torch to Yzerman, who has been slowly cleaning up (and waiting out) the salary-cap mess. The last big contract on the books belongs to Henrik Zetterberg, who hasn't played since 2017-18 but is in his final year of a 12-year, $73 million contract extension signed in 2009. Since Zetterberg is on LTIR, our choice here is Nielsen, who scored just four goals and five assists in 60 games last season, saw his average ice time dip to 13:41 and is signed for two more seasons.

30 more teams...

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Jeff Blashill On Evgeny Svechnikov

Ansar Khan of Mlive spoke with Jeff Blashill...

Q: This is a big year for Evgeny Svechnikov, who no longer is waiver-exempt. What does he need to show to prove he is NHL-ready?

A: “I just talked to him the other day and he seemed like he’s doing pretty well and excited to get going. He’s a very hard-working young guy. He’s continued to work hard through a lot of injuries. It hasn’t always been easy. Hopefully that perseverance pays off. He’s going to have to make a big impact on a night to night basis in some fashion to a degree greater than other guys. He can do it by putting points up. You can do it by bringing physicality and energy, where you change momentum of games. You can do it by becoming great at one particular area -- the net front. That’s going to be up to him. Another guy that is competing for a spot.”

more Q & A (paid)

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Video- 6 Hat Tricks For #91

via awood40's YouTube page,

All 6 Hat Tricks scored by Sergei Fedorov during his NHL career.


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Prospects Playing For The Wings In The 2021-22 Season

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Hronek and Zadina have already established they are NHL players, and will be recalled when the NHL signals teams can start preparing for a 2021 season....

The Wings were planning to bring Seider (6-foot-4, 207 pounds) to Detroit for a few games last season before hockey was shut down March 12 because of the pandemic. He’s in Sweden for this season, but considering that the 19-year-old will, is now in his third season of playing professional hockey, he’s all but guaranteed to be a part of the Wings’ lineup in 2021-22.

Raymond, who general manager Steve Yzerman selected at fourth in the 2020 draft, is also likely to be on the team. He had five goals and seven assists in 19 games, ranking second on his team, Frölunda (which is in first place in the SHL) in his second full year in the SHL. Raymond (5-10, 183 pounds) already has topped the 10 points he recorded in 33 games last season.

The Wings, then run by general manager Ken Holland, were thrilled when Berggren was available at 33rd in 2018. The 5-11, 183-pounder is an elite playmaker and skater, as he’s demonstrated this season with five goals and 15 assists in 18 games with Skellefteå. He has indicated he’s ready to challenge for a spot on the Wings next fall.

Bromé (6-0, 183) was signed as a free agent last April. He’s 26, and was never drafted in the NHL. He garnered attention last season after tallying 17 goals and 26 assists in 52 games with Örebro in the SHL, and he’s at nearly a point-a-game this season with three goals and 13 assists in 17 games. He’s an intriguing player, from the standpoint that he presents as a late bloomer who could come in next season and push for a job in the bottom six mix.


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