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Jeff Blashill On Evgeny Svechnikov

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Waived and sent to Grand Rapids earlier this season, former first-round pick Evgeny Svechnikov appeared to have exhausted his opportunities to stick with the Detroit Red Wings.

But the 6-3, 208-pound winger is back with the team, on the taxi squad, but at least practicing. He even got a look on one of the power-play units Thursday.

Svechnikov could be in the lineup Friday against the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit), depending on the status of a couple of injured players.

Vladislav Namestnikov did not practice Thursday after getting banged up in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks. Darren Helm returned to practice after missing three games and several days with a lower-body injury.

If they are unable to play Friday, Svechnikov will be in the lineup, coach Jeff Blashill said.

“First off, he’s got to get an opportunity and right now he’s on the outside looking in,” Blashill said. “He’s here as depth right now. … When he’s had that opportunity, he’s played OK. What you need to do to stick is make a huge impact in the game and usually you’re going to do that with about 8-12 minutes, that’s what you normally get when you get called up. And in those 8-12 minutes, you have to be really good. And then the next night, maybe you go from eight to 10, and then 10 to 12 and 12 to 14 and so on. Some guys end up working backward and then they’re not here anymore. All we want is guys who are going to help us win and make big impacts on the game.”


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Uh huh. Ask Givani Smith how much it helped that he made an impact when he played.

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 02/18/21 at 06:18 PM ET

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Some guys end up working backward and then they’re not here anymore

He’s in Switzerland.

Posted by RWBill on 02/18/21 at 07:13 PM ET


Oh my goodness, there is NO WAY Svech is going to get a good look. Same as Hirose, Smith etc. They will piss off the younger and more talented kids than what’s playing now. Sit the old guys and let the young ones run with it. They pissed off Cholowski when they didn’t dress him vs Van, they could have sat him vs Calgary and let him play in front of friends and family. Raz is being groomed to be a shutdown center with now, basically being told that there is no way you are going to be given a chance to really show your offensive talents. It must be very demoralizing for the young kids that if they make a mistake they don’t play whereas the older and more experienced guys just keep playing.

The way management runs this team is very disappointing, yes SY is included in this. This shit show has to end.This is actually for the first time I felt that Blash needs to go. Bring in Nolan or Gallant, maybe even both. Change all coaches actually!!!

If the Wings would have drafted McDavid he may be on the taxi squad….because he doesn’t play a 200 foot game lol.

I have followed the wings since ‘67 and i have never been so frustrated with them…..even more than the Darkness Harkness era. Too much more of this crappy hockey and i will quit following for a bit. This is one sad state of affairs!!!

Posted by Stump23 on 02/18/21 at 08:31 PM ET


Yes I’m sure he’s going to make a “huge impact”
in “8-12” mins” (lol) after being out a whole season and
gradually readjusting over the past year. No, pressure, kid.
Don’t make any mistakes and play within the team game - but also
make a huge impact. Actually as Blash explains, you start with 8mins,
and if you’re impact isn’t huge enough you don’t even get up 10 mins.

That’s if he even gets in the lineup and the yo-yo routine that’s characterized his
career when healthy doesn’t continue. I understand a sunk cost. But this is a pretty big kid whose effort and character are apparently there. Bad luck with injuries.
And maybe comparison with his brother or the first round expectations hurt him.
But we don’t exactly have a whole lot of big, skilled, hardworking players with his pedigree. Do we really need Gagne, Nielsen, Filppula, Erne, etc making their huge impact every night so much this season we can’t try this kid at around twelve mins to start for 5-10 games at see what he can do?

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/18/21 at 10:03 PM ET

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How in the hell does Jeff Blashill have any voice on evaluating any hockey talent? Based on what? So much talent wasted in this Organ I Zation.

Pullease….STHU, Collect your check, bank it, and just enjoy what is surely your last job in the NHL.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 02/18/21 at 10:17 PM ET

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When the Wings were stacked at ALL positions, the strategy of letting prospects “Over-Ripen” made sense because none of the prospects could unseat even the 4th liners without some time in the AHL.

However, given that the Wings are 10 points out of 4th place in the division with the 4th place team having 4 games in hand, I’m not sure that playing Smith, Hirose, Sevchnikov, Cholowski, Rasmussen instead of Nielsen, Filpulla, Erne, Helm, Stall would be such a bad idea. I’m not saying any of the guys in GR or on the taxi squad will ever be NHL players, but I’m pretty sure their desire and compete level would be higher than the over paid dead weight currently dressing ever night now.

It’s pretty much certain this team will be in the bottom 3 teams at seasons end, so why not make the last 40 games a little bit entertaining. I mean, in the end, that’s what it’s all about anyway…???

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/19/21 at 12:14 AM ET

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Blash sure looks like he’s ready for the taxi squad himself.

Gallant, please.

Play the kids.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 02/19/21 at 01:51 AM ET


I’m so over the blash experiment. What a moron.

Posted by MZ2215 on 02/19/21 at 07:09 AM ET


This covid shortened season is a throw-a-way season.  Be glad it was shortened. 
SY has kept all the recent prospects far away from this dumpster fire.  He doesn’t want them being a part of this losing atmosphere… .but this losing is necessary.  it has to be done.  SY is letting the old contracts play out.  When the garbage is off the books, we will bring in the kids and let them sink or swim.  Why bring in a new coach now?  Trashill has a job to do.. thats to lose.  and he’s proven to be quite adept at it.

He will be sent packing when the time is right, but we aren’t there yet.

We need to suck this season and again next season, at a minimum.  Its going to be god awful hockey this year and next.  get used to it.  embrace the suck, its a lot easier to remain a fan.

This current core is no where near ready to compete even if you had Bowman, Arbor, and Blake as coaches. this team isn’t doing anything without a boatload of additional top end talent that we have only begun to acquire.  We don’t have them yet.

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 02/19/21 at 07:11 AM ET


Playing anyone except for Ryan and Staal
(and Bernier) significant minutes isn’t going to get us picks.
Helm can’t stay healthy and last season looks more and more like
a late-career outlier.

Some veterans who are highly professional even under the
most demoralizing conditions can help. But how many really unproductive ones do you need? I’d think some player eval by front office could be done at least giving these young guys more chances. And it wouldn’t hurt our lottery odds whenever that draft actually happens.

Isn’t there anyone on the NHL staff who can coach these kids while they’re up in Detroit. I know practice time is limited. But can’t someone come in to work with these young guys on positioning and skills and point out good and bad habits on video?
Sending them away from Blash really does begin to look like partially a racist indictment of how little player development happens in Detroit.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/19/21 at 07:56 AM ET


Tacit - *tacit*

Definitely not “racist”

Yikes I’m having trouble between phone keypad, protective case, and autocorrect

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/19/21 at 07:58 AM ET

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The narrative of this fanbase that has shifted from Holland the GM didn’t play kids, to now its Blash isn’t playing kids whey Yzerholland whistles in the corner pointed at others and what doing nothing because what he’s not in control???  is a steaming pile of BS

YzerHoland sealed Evgeny fate when he signed the Gagner Erne combo meal. Even Brome and Bobby Ryan to an extent though I agreed with both of those moves.  If YzerHolland thought Evgeny would be a productive member of this team, neither of those two guys would be here. I can not lay blame to a coach trying to batter down all hatches to win 1 goal games not inserting a rookie over two NHL vets who understand the defensive team side of the game, which if you’ve read between teh lines is where Evegeny falls short. This is way more on YzerHolland than it is to any extent on Blashill.  Post the trade deadline, I’m sure Evegeny will play, and I’m guessing Cholo makes his way back too if he produces in GR.

As far as Smith and Ramussen, could they play up here? I guess, they could certainly bide their time out and turn into another Jurco. To me, the long term success for this organization is to have these lesser than elite prospects exceed their ceiling, not struggle to reach it.  I’d like to see Ram and Smith be productive 2nd line guys, think about where our future depth and lines shake out at if they can be, but if not, at least be difference making matchup nightmare 3rd liners.  I don’t think either do that, skating around, deer in headlights for 10 minutes at the NHL level. If Yzerholland thought they did/would, they would be on the roster. How many times does Blash have to say he talks to Kenny, I mean Stevie everyday?

Staged development for longer term prospects is to come up, play 2-3 weeks, see what its about, what it takes, for the org to see what they do well at the top, what they need to work on, give them the work list, sent them down, they work on it, rinse repeat until they stop growing or stick. Simple as that, and that is what Ram and Smith are doing. While as a fan the 2021 season would be more entertaining for me with them playing, I am actually 100% behind the decision to let them be the top 6 all situation 15-20 minute a night players in GR.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 02/19/21 at 08:26 AM ET


I think we can agree, the GM may have signed 1-2
veteran forwards too many.

Even with the risk of covid keeping players out,
with a compact schedule, it’s not uncommon to see
teams switch 2-3 forwards in and out within a series in
which games are back to back.

I’m sure Yzerman doesn’t just want his coach to just hand big minutes
to rookies who aren’t impact players. But while a coach surely wants to squeeze out wins, in a season like this, I’m not sure why all the veteran forwards have to play every game they’re healthy. Aside from Nielsen being scratched a game or two early and Mantha’s benching, I believe unproductive bottom six veterans have played every game they’ve been healthy enough to play. There’s gotta be a happy medium there. What can a rookie do in 8 mins - while being told simultaneously play it safe but also make a huge impact?

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/19/21 at 09:38 AM ET


I’m so over the blash experiment.

Don’t kid yourself. This isn’t an experiment. It’s five years, this is officially the Blashill Era.

Can’t wait for Blashill Era section of the Detroit Red Wings wikipedia page.

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 02/19/21 at 10:44 AM ET


In the 5-6 games I saw Svechnikov playing for the Wings he looked good imo. At least not worse than most of the regulars.
Making huge impact and help us win is nonsense, of course, for a team that won like 3 games all season. I was thinking they play Nils, Fil, Savard to make them tradable, but honestly the more they play, the less trade value they have. Fil and Nils have zero trade value. Staal might get us a 4th rounder if contending team has many injuries. Glendening might bring a 3rd rounder for his face off %.
Ryan will have to go on a scoring run before the deadline and maybe gets us a second rounder.

Posted by VPalmer on 02/19/21 at 11:20 AM ET

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