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“I See Great Things Coming”- Mike Babcock

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

“One of the best things that might have happened to this organization is us being so injured,” Babcock said. “What I mean is, we get to see these kids on the ice, so you know what’s in the cupboard. They’ve been way better than I thought. I’m optimistic now that we don’t have to fall off the map and go through misery for 10 years like others do. I see great things coming.”

With all he’s accomplished, Babcock reasonably could be hitting the age of entrenchment and entitlement. He’s the best coach in Detroit sports since Bowman, and he’ll guide Team Canada in the upcoming Sochi Olympics, hunting for a second gold medal.

But the transition here just might invigorate him. He’s trying to change as his team changes, a delicate process. He’s demanding in a high-pressure environment and some players don’t like it, but no coach survives on fear without being fair.

“If you walk in our dressing room today, a lot of guys are (ticked) off at me, and they’re probably different than the ones (ticked) off last week,” Babcock said. “Normally, they’re the ones that aren’t playing. One thing I can’t do is confuse the player with the person. I love the people, but they don’t pay me to evaluate that. They pay me to evaluate the player. I have to base my decisions on what I see, shift to shift, game to game.”

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SK77's avatar

Both of these guys are very familiar with the Griffins and the rest of the Wings’ prospects. Whether you agree with them or not, they’re both a very good read.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/31/14 at 12:15 PM ET

I definitely read the RWC reports. While I understand a guy like Callahan or Evans can get an A as a Griffins skater, they’re never going to be top-flight NHL talent (Zetterberg, Datsyuk) which is what Nathan & I were talking about. Same thing with a guy like Jurco who probably who has a ceiling of second line scoring winger at the NHL level.

When I mentioned Jarnkrok and Pulkkinen it was more about what they potentially could do in the future versus how they’re fairing right now.

Mrazek though, holy hell talk about potential. I mean look at what Dom did for Buffalo all those years ...

Posted by SK77 on 01/31/14 at 12:21 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Mrazek though, holy hell talk about potential. I mean look at what Dom did for Buffalo all those years ...

I’m worried Mrazek is going to disappoint us all.  His technique is Hasekian in it’s inconsistancy and frequent lapses.  Unfortunately, as far as ability goes, there has only ever been one Dominik Hasek and there’s been a whole lot of lesser versions of him who weren’t ever good enough.  Fortunately he seems not to be complacent.  There’s room to grow, technique-wise.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 01/31/14 at 12:25 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I definitely read the RWC reports. While I understand a guy like Callahan or Evans can get an A as a Griffins skater, they’re never going to be top-flight NHL talent (Zetterberg, Datsyuk) which is what Nathan & I were talking about.

Posted by some kid

I get that. That’s why I added Jason’s valuation of where Jarnkrok is at right now (as a C+ player). Matthew’s ranking is based on a player’s potential plus where he’s at right now. And I think it’s the “where he’s at right now” part that dropped Jarnkrok three slots to #4.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/31/14 at 01:55 PM ET

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