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from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

In terms of young prospects with a chance to make an impact, Filip Zadina is the man tabbed with leading the way. Zadina, the Red Wings’ 2018 first-round pick (sixth overall), has had a season full of ups and downs. He had just one point for a Czech team that had high expectations at the World Junior Championships. He struggled to find his footing in the AHL out of the gate. But when he finally scored for Detroit against the Colorado Avalanche March 5, Zadina offered hope to a fan base that has been left without much optimism.

At this point, there’s nothing to suggest Zadina isn’t going to be a major factor in Detroit’s future, but he’s going to need a lot of help. The raw tools are there, and Zadina is a dynamic scoring forward who is very tough to slow down when he has the puck and has proven himself to be one of the best under-20 forwards in the AHL. He should be able to earn a spot in the top six full-time next year, even if they elect to start him in the AHL.

But if the Red Wings are going to make the rebuild work, they need to build a stronger base. The reliance can’t simply be on Zadina. Much of Detroit’s core – Darren Helm, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek, Niklas Kronwall and Mike Green – is over 30, and the team is still without a promising young goalie for the future. It’s not like nobody saw this coming, either.

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Below, Zadina, Kuffner and Blashill after today's skate.

added 5:50pm, Tonight's projected lineup for Detroit is below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

While the NHL in the salary cap era is a league of parity, there’s one team that has taken it to another level this season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning were the first team to clinch a playoff berth and lead the league with 110 points. The San Jose Sharks are the next closest team with 94 points.

“I’d say the one thing that they have a real advantage at this time is all the guys that are getting paid, all their best players are young enough that their salaries haven’t outweighed their performance,” Blashill said. “That’s generally what happens, when teams get in trouble is when you pay them because they’ve been great for you and all of a sudden their salaries are bigger than their output. Tampa’s still at a spot where they’ve got a number of guys that are at ages in their prime, a number of guys, or even maybe before their prime.

“I think the trade with (Ryan) McDonagh, being able to get McDonagh was a big one. That just gives them really two top, top-flight defensemen. That makes such a huge difference compared to the rest of the league. Very few teams in the league have the balance of both forwards and D. Most teams either have really good D or really good forwards and they’ve got both and then maybe one of the best goaltenders. So you put that all together, it’s a heck of a record.”

The Wings are looking to snap a 14-game losing streak against the Lightning.,

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/14/19 at 02:19 PM ET

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Bummer that New Z’s (I forget what nickname we settled on) last game with the big club this year will be one where his team probably won’t touch the puck all night.

Posted by Steeb on 03/14/19 at 03:36 PM ET

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Disagree with Steve Ellis. I see nothing about Rasmussen that leads me to believe that he will be an impact player in the NHL. He looks more like another Riley Sheahan. In fact, that entire 2017 draft, in which we had 11 picks, 6 within the first 3 rounds appears to be a complete failure. Already heard some whispers about not even offering contracts to guys like Zablocki and Gallant. That hurts when you have 3rd rounders that have gone so far backwards that you are already willing to walk away. Saarijarvi has not really taken a step forward. Givani Smith is a dud. Svechnikov has huge question marks. That’s 3 more high picks that are disappointing. Don’t get me wrong. We have some nice pieces, but given all of our picks over the last few years the foundation should actually be stronger.

Posted by rogerrab on 03/14/19 at 05:48 PM ET

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Most teams either have really good D or really good forwards and they’ve got both and then maybe one of the best goaltenders.

The Bolts getting Vasilevskiy with the pick that the Wings gave up in order to get Kyle Quincey back (after giving him away for nothing via waivers) has to be the worst move Ken Holland ever made.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/14/19 at 06:50 PM ET

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Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/14/19 at 06:50 PM ET

You may have a point. But there has been many not far behind

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 03/14/19 at 07:31 PM ET

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Kuffner: that kid is a thinker - analytical with a purpose and driven in a realistic way:
Knowing his strengths and weaknesses and soliciting information and setting a series of short term goals to improve; wanting to watch everyone and find when and how to get into position to use his skills.

You don’t hear that stuff from every player.

He’s also obviously very excited!

I’ve never seen him play and have no idea how this shake out of course but you’ve gotta wish him well and not just for the sake of the team.
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Posted by lefty.30 on 03/15/19 at 01:39 AM ET

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Posted by rogerrab on 03/14/19 at 05:48 PM ET

Cool. Pretty soon you’re going to go over each of the drafts and how we, like, totally should have taken Josi, Stone, Kucherov, and Point. We’ve done this before.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 03/15/19 at 08:02 AM ET

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Much of Detroit’s core – Darren Helm, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek, Niklas Kronwall and Mike Green – is over 30

I wish people would stop saying this.  It means they’re not actually watching/paying attention.  Heck, a simple glance at DET’s seasons roster stats will show otherwise.

Of those guys listed, the only one that is actually a part of DET’s core now is Green.  The rest are not.  The rest of the core is currently Larkin, Athanasiou, Bertuzzi , and Mantha.

Disagree with Steve Ellis. I see nothing about Rasmussen that leads me to believe that he will be an impact player in the NHL. He looks more like another Riley Sheahan.

Posted by rogerrab on 03/14/19 at 05:48 PM ET

My word… talk about jumping the gun.

Sheahan spent three years at Notre Dame before turning pro.  That means he was in his early 20’s when he played his first game in GR, and then he spent several seasons in GR.  Ras spent 3 seasons in actual juniors and came straight to the NHL as a 19 year-old who will be just turning 20 in April.

The point is, Sheahan’s path was VERY different and he was already much older than Rasmussen coming in, and Sheahan had very little offensive pedigree behind him in NCAA to begin with.  He was drafted and touted as a 2-way player from the get-go.

It’s still way, way too early to say anything about Rasmussen.  He’s shown real flashes at times.  He really should have been in the AHL this season.  Maybe a playoff run with the Griffins will do wonders for his development.

Posted by Primis on 03/15/19 at 08:08 AM ET

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Maybe a playoff run with the Griffins will do wonders for his development.

Next year? The Wings decided not to make him eligible to join the Griffs this year.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 03/15/19 at 08:19 AM ET

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