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Jared Bednar Has Been Where Jeff Blashill Is

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Jared Bednar is sympathetic toward coach Jeff Blashill and the Detroit Red Wings — by far the NHL’s worst team.

It wasn’t that long ago when Bednar coached “that” team.

In 2016-17, Bednar’s first season behind the Avalanche’s bench, Colorado finished with league/franchise lows in victories (22) and points (48). It was the league’s worst season since the Atlanta Thrashers won just 14 games in 1999-2000. The Red Wings take a league-low 12 wins and 28 points in Monday’s matinee against Colorado at the Pepsi Center and are on pace for just 47 points.

“It’s horrible. Pure misery,” Bednar of coaching the NHL’s worst team. “The morale in your room, you’re trying to get guys back in the right mental state to go win your next game, and there’s a lot of nights where you play hard, do everything you can, (but) you maybe just don’t have the horses to win the games.”


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Jared Bednar was where next season’s coach of the Red Wings will be: the brand new head coach of a bad team that hopes to be good in a few years.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/19/20 at 08:08 PM ET


I remember thinking initially Joe Sakic might be in over his
head. A classy former great coming back to lead his former team that
had been adrift who just wasn’t suited for the job.

He’s made some trades that look really prescient
and they’ve made the most of several of their higher-stakes
draft picks.

Many of the supporting players they’ve added in the offseasons have fit in well and produced.

Their window looks to be open for a while. They have plenty of cap space at least for now.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/19/20 at 09:15 PM ET


The comparison between Bednar and Blashill fits in the sense
that both were younger AHL coaches who had had great success
at that level before entering a challenging situation in their first NHL job.

But yeah the timing is very different.
Blashill was hired when the apparent directive and is obsession
was still barely making the playoffs. And the damage to the roster and cap
was still building as the team got worse.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/19/20 at 09:20 PM ET


Look at the Wings draft history of the last decade. What a bunch of wasted years.

Posted by teldar on 01/20/20 at 09:18 AM ET

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Look at the Wings draft history of the last decade. What a bunch of wasted years.

Posted by teldar on 01/20/20 at 09:18 AM ET

The only actual bad class I see in there is 2015.  Svechnikov looks like a dud at this point and DET could have had Aho, Konecny, or Boeser, or then Samsonov in net, and the rest of their 2015 class looks like they’ll never even sniff the NHL.  That truly is a lost draft class and it irks me.  Had they even got another NHLer out of it, it’d not be nearly as bad.

I’m really not sure what your complaint is beyond that though.  The last 2 or 3 drafts are still a bit early to judge (save that Zadina does in fact look like he’s come around already), and the others going back a decade seem to have done a decent job pulling NHL players.  People hated trading down to not get Chychrun and look at where Cholowski and Hronek are.  People hated taking Bertuzzi early and he’s DET’s All Star this year.  We hated some moves that have then turned out for the better.

DET still has been drafting better than a loooooot of organizations IMO.  Just take a look at some other team drafting histories from that same timeframe.

Posted by Primis on 01/20/20 at 10:11 AM ET


From 15 back 5 years there is one or fewer real nhl players per draft other than 13 when there were two with Mantha and Bert. In 10 there was Sheahan and Mrazek. 12 was AA.11 there was really nobody. 09 was Tatar and Jensen. 08 was Nyquist.  07 Brendan Smith, 06 Shawn Matthias? Hit rate has been low enough you can’t come close to building a team through the draft. Part of it was trading away first round picks for… Quincey? I’m probably shortchanging Ehn in 14 when Larkin was picked.

Posted by teldar on 01/20/20 at 11:09 AM ET


We didn’t draft high enough to be in almost a cant lose position,
but 2015 is a tough one as you look at the entire first round and it’s
almost one impactful NHL player after another.

I don’t mean to re-litigate Cholowski and Hronek vs. Chychrun.
Obviously Hronek was an inspired pick. But the latest I’ve read is
Cholowski is still struggling in Grand Rapids with the same defensive issues and is not really putting up points. He’s still young and could put it all together for sure, but there’s no guarantee he sticks as more than a fringe NHL player. Meanwhile,
Chychrun often plays the most minutes on a playoff team.

We’ll see how Rasmussen pans out now that he’s finally healthy.
And maybe Svechnikov with a full season of health can finally challenge for a spot next season. It’s not like we need these guys right now for a playoff push or something. Smith didn’t look to have a very good first pro season last year and look where he is now.

The HockeyDB draft lists are a lot of fun. But we have a good couple to few too many either complete misses or incompletes due to injuries or slow development.
In an ever-younger league, an infusion of top young players is how you turn a team around. I can remember a couple seasons ago when people were comparing Vancouver and Detroit as teams stuck in limbo, not close to contending or doing a real rebuild. You add Boeser, Petterson, and Hughes and make a few shrewd moves around them and it’s a world of difference. I believe they’re leading their division or very close. It also helps that they’ve found some solid goalies. Here Mrazek was deemed not our kind of goalie and pushed out for not much and, here we are: absolutely nothing in goal beyond a decent stopgap 1B type in Bernier and the hope Larsson puts it together eventually as a pro. He’s in the ECHL. Not good enough.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/20/20 at 04:06 PM ET

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