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Make Or Break Year For Evgeny Svechnikov

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

His scouting report showed a complete package of size, strength and skill, a forward who could fit into the top six and factor at both ends of the ice.

In this edition of Detroit Red Wings Fast Forward, a series that projects how a player will perform in 2020-21, the subject is Evgeny Svechnikov. In the five years since the Wings plucked him from the 2015 draft board 19th overall, Svechnikov has appeared in 20 games, tallying two goals and two assists. The coming season may finally shed light on how — or if — he fits into the rebuild.

Svechnikov has to be on the roster this fall, because he is no longer exempt from waivers. To get into the lineup, he’ll have to beat out the likes of Dmytro Timashov, Justin Abdelkader, Adam Erne and Christoffer Ehn for a job as a bottom-six winger.

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Down River Dan's avatar

To get into the lineup, he’ll have to beat out the likes of Dmytro Timashov, Justin Abdelkader, Adam Erne

So, a high bar for Svechnikov….. sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/13/20 at 06:27 PM ET

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Yup DRD it seems if he can’t make that hurdle then he’ll be in the KHL soon.  Maybe that’s best.

Posted by RWBill on 07/13/20 at 08:40 PM ET

AzWingsFan's avatar

I can see Svech making it this year and doing well.  I think that knee really set him back and with all this time off if he is focused he can be doing a lot of work to get in great shape.  He will just need to get on the ice and work on his skating as soon as it makes sense and I am hoping he comes into camp and turns a lot of heads when the Wings finally get to camp.  I do agree though, he either shows up this year or he will be playing else where for certain sooner rather than later.

Posted by AzWingsFan on 07/13/20 at 09:34 PM ET

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Hopefully working out with his brother - at least until
the bubble begins for Carolina is keeping up his morale.

Seems like we’ve seen this same article copied and pasted
by HSJ about 3-4 times now.

Sometimes even with the latest medicine and rehab it takes longer
than a full season for a player’s knee to feel right after such major surgery.

I’m interested in seeing what Timashov can do. But Erne and especially Abdelkader
showed so little that it would behoove the Wings to stop blocking Svechnikov with
veterans who have no upside. It can take a young player some time and real opportunity to get rolling and gain confidence in a new league. Guys like Ehn and Erne can be sat as 13th-14th forwards and plugged in if you need a speedy checking center or grinder respectively. Unless Svechnikov fails to show up ready and play hard (no reason to expect either) I’d much rather see him get the inside track.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/13/20 at 10:20 PM ET

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Just let the kid play and make some mistakes. See if he can correct them. Better than having older no talent guys playing ahead of him. Give him some time on the power play and play him with ppl with some talent. I am getting tired of the Wings taking too much time developing young guys. I want to see some young exuberance on the ice.

Posted by Stump23 on 07/13/20 at 11:56 PM ET

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One has to keep in mind that Svech will be relatively cheap to keep around past next season. If he shows any signs of stability and improvement, the smart thing to do is keep him in the fold for a few seasons beyond next.

I’m all for playing him before sticking an aging vet with no upside out there on the ice. Let Svech learn by playing and push him to succeed. Hopefully he doesn’t have any more bad luck come his way.

Posted by evileye on 07/14/20 at 11:33 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Just let the kid play and make some mistakes. See if he can correct them. Better than having older no talent guys playing ahead of him. Give him some time on the power play and play him with ppl with some talent. I am getting tired of the Wings taking too much time developing young guys. I want to see some young exuberance on the ice.

Posted by Stump23 on 07/13/20 at 11:56 PM ET


THIS!

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/14/20 at 12:15 PM ET

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Give him some time on the power play and play him with ppl with some talent.

Posted by Stump23 on 07/13/20 at 11:56 PM ET

I agree 100%. But I fear that Blashasshat will do what he’s done so many times in the past – take a guy with talent (or at least potential talent), stick him on the 4th line, and tell him to “earn” his way to a better line. I guess we’ll see in, what, five months or so.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/14/20 at 03:09 PM ET

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I am getting tired of the Wings taking too much time developing young guys. I want to see some young exuberance on the ice.
Posted by Stump23 on 07/13/20 at 11:56 PM ET

This is one of those narratives that gets said a lot, but I ask, and nobody can ever give a good example of this outside of Gus Nyquist for 2 months over a decade ago. Got any meat on these bones?

I do think GR last year was the right place for Schev as he got his knee back to strength, its not like he was a force down there. This season, he’s got to be up here and playing, the team has to give him at least 1/2 a season to determine whether he’s an NHL player or not.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/14/20 at 03:36 PM ET

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