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Offense Could Still Be A Problem

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News with five predictions for the Wings,

The Wings could have problems scoring goals, still.

A lot depend on whether Robby Fabbri becomes an adequate, effective center who can create offense and provide a dangerous second line behind Larkin's line.

Fabbri appeared to be developing chemistry with Filip Zadina during training camp, which is a positive sign.

Zadina, also, is an important figure. If he can show glimpses of the offensive potential he has, it would be a major plus for the Wings.

Ryan, signed as a free agent, was hurt for a portion of training camp, which could limit his availability early in the regular season.

The pieces are there, but too many gnawing questions to assume the Wings are going to erase their offensive woes quickly and positively.

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I have faith

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/13/21 at 09:46 PM ET

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Zadina, also, is an important figure. If he can show glimpses of the offensive potential he has, it would be a major plus for the Wings.

Well, if he doesn’t put up some significant numbers this year, it’s going make choosing him over Quinn Hughes in 2018 look like a major mistake. I really like the kid, but this is the year he needs show that he was worth that #6 pick.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/14/21 at 12:10 AM ET

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Kind of moot since Holland wasn’t going to pick Hughes even if Zadina wasn’t available.

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

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Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/14/21 at 12:10 AM ET

Agreed. I was one of the people who wanted to wait and wait, give Ras and Cholowski a chance. Rasmussen had a low ceiling, Cholowski was right there with Chychrun (Wings/Yotes swapping picks in the Datsyuk trade). In 4 and 3 years, we haven’t seen these guys establish themselves on the main roster.


Zadina, projected top 2-3 pick, really should show us something.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/14/21 at 01:44 PM ET

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Ya, I was hyped for Cholo… but,  so far, bupkiss. 

Makes you wonder if its the way they develop or just bad picks.  The system the wings were trying to play the last few years, mistake free, was not conducive to those types of players.  I mean, if you put Cholo in Toronto, Colorado, Carolina, that play those up tempo high flying, puck possession type of game… would he be better?  Will never know I guess.

Even Ras..you look at Suzuki in Montreal even.  I’d hate to see Vilardi thrive in LA this year…. Detroits drafting through those years, whether it was Holland, or that dude that went with him to Edmonton…leaves much to desire. 

But totally agree.  Zadina needs to be something this year.  I’d argue more than a depth scorer.  A threat.

Even Svech.  If they gave him the chance, put him with skilled players.  I mean, I get players have to earn it.  But… they need a chance.  Detroits bottom lines have been so bad, how do you expect a skilled player to thrive.  If they had given Svech 2 weeks, 3 weeks, playing with Zadina and Fabbri for example. 

Posted by DieByTheWing on 01/14/21 at 05:43 PM ET

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