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Adam Erne’s Future With The Wings

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Though he didn’t meet expectations, Erne is a solid and dependable forward for a team that needs some muscle up front. The caveat, of course, is that Erne is making just a hair over two million AAV, and with that comes the expectation that he’ll find his name on the scoresheet more.

According to Evolving-Hockey, Erne’s Individual Expected Goals (ixG) clocked in at 10.27. It lends credence to Blashill’s comment that Erne was often on the wrong side of puck luck. His Goals/60 cratered from 1.04 to 0.34, while he saw a 32 second dip in his average time-on-ice.

His lack of scoring certainly played into this, and as late as April 9th, Erne had a season low 10:22 of ice time.

Erne is entering the final year of his contract and will have his chance to show last season was an anomaly following 2020-21. With Yzerman sure to add more talent both on the blueline and amongst his forwards, Erne stands to benefit.

Though it will be crowded up front, Erne doesn’t seem like a forward Yzerman would flip to another team–yet.


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ChillDistiller's avatar

Hes had one good season out of three. Time for him.to go.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 05/21/22 at 09:51 AM ET


Erne and Givanni Smith—dead wood on the Wings who circle and circle, but never land. They have limited hockey skills for what the Wings need to improve and move up in the standings to narrow that 26 point-miss-from-the-last-playoff spot.

Dump them both, and trade Hronek.

Posted by exor54 on 05/21/22 at 12:26 PM ET

jhpcarrier97's avatar

Like exor54 says dump em both, these guys have been around the block.  Erne this year rarely touched the puck and if he did it was off his possession immediately.  Hardly ever shot the puck, spent most of the time by the boards.  Smith, poor fighter, instigator, only people who noticed him were in stripped shirts.  Again poor puck handler and shooter and I still did not see the reason why Yz picked up his brother and then dumped him.  Brothers photo-op story, slow news day, I guess.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/21/22 at 04:38 PM ET


It seriously looks like Tampa had to make a roster move
and SY maybe got a tip and thought: why not, we’re likely to
get him if we put in a claim, we could use a gritty center for a few games until Stephens is back, so might as well throw Givani and his brother whom he knew from the Tampa org a nice moment and memory unlikely to happen any other way.

Gemel gives Wings fans a thank you by surprising the demented
spawn of Lemieux in a scrap. The Smith family gets a nice memory.
And when the Wings need roster flexibility again, back Gemel goes to give
Tampa their organizational depth back. It really seems like too much of a coincidence that all that would happen by pure chance.

As for Erne he really did seem to do more with the puck last season.
He actually made some plays. And yes he was streaky last season in a good way.
Who knows what the issue was this time. The same opportunity was there to grab
but it was more like a repeat of his first season. Like he was a pure grinder with zero puck skills, poor shot, no confidence. Wings do need more players with some size who can skate and hit but no way Erne is getting 2M again with another season like last one. And hate to say it, because he’s an honest player. But if you’re going to overpay a heavier body for five goals or whatever, surely the Wings can find a bottom six power forward type who can forecheck and bang around the net, play a decent positional game - and fight reasonably well. If Erne was the first part, plus 12-15 goals, ok. If Smith was the second part - a consistently effective enforcer who can play a regular fourth line shift, ok. The Wings can’t really become a playoff team while playing both the way they played last season. And I’m not even one who thinks Givani can’t fight. He’s just all over the map. And he was never going to be a top enforcer anyway. There’s a role for a guy who can play a poor man’s power toward game and be a mid-level fighter. But guys who don’t really earn a regular shift and who have shaky performances in half their fights don’t really stay in the league.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/21/22 at 11:18 PM ET


Erne has no future with the Wings. It’s not like he is physical or otherwise effective to compensate for the lack of scoring if he repeats his 2020-21 season, we might get a 6th rounder in 2035 draft for him at the deadline

Posted by VPalmer on 05/22/22 at 11:59 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Serio.  For a fourth line, the Wings are sorely - SORELY - missing a defensive, grinding, high-energy line like The Grind Line or NJD’s The Crash Line that turned the Wings into a bumbling mess in the 1995 SCFs.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/23/22 at 02:24 PM ET

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