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Would Brady Tkachuk Be A Fit For The Detroit Red Wings?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Brady Tkachuk

Position: Left wing

Height/Weight: 6-3/192

Shoots: Left

2017-18 team: Boston University (Hockey East)

2017-18 stats: 40 games, 8 goals, 23 assists, 31 points, 61 penalty minutes.

Why Red Wings would be interested: He would provide size, abrasiveness and skill on the wing.

TSN's Craig Button says: "Brady is in it to win it. That's all he cares about. You hear a lot about his intangibles, or his character, or his toughness, getting under the opponent's skin, I can tell you, his tangibles are excellent. He's so smart. He understands any given situation in the game at any given moment, what play needs to happen. That can be a pass, it can be a shot, it can be physical play, it can be hanging in there in front of the net and taking abuse. He's got excellent hands, he's a good skater. His skating is only going to get better as he physically matures and the strength catches up. He plays the game inside the dots, on the interior. This game is not meant to be played outside the dots, outside the guts of the action, and he's in the middle of it at all times. He makes players that he plays with better, he takes advantage of their skills and contributes to them, and he helps teams win."

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No.

Posted by teldar on 06/18/18 at 08:02 AM ET

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No.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/18/18 at 08:40 AM ET

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You mean a guy to help make the team actually show up on time and play a full 60?

That alone and wed still be on a streak.  If our players didn’t need someone to drag them in the trenches, as Babs put it, wed probably be a “real good team.” 

But with who is in this team, we need D.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/18/18 at 08:59 AM ET

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No.

Posted by Primis on 06/18/18 at 09:06 AM ET

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No.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 06/18/18 at 09:14 AM ET

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Nope

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 06/18/18 at 09:43 AM ET

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Yes!  Legit power forward in the system.  Better than any defenseman after Dahlin.

Posted by bababooey on 06/18/18 at 09:45 AM ET

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I don’t know much about him, but wondering if the name Tkachuk puts a sour note on the folks answering no?

Serious question and not trying to sway answers, just asking.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/18 at 09:46 AM ET

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Yes they need someone who is interested in playing. All the time. Not just when he remembers to show up. And feels like it. But I don’t know he’s the one. I don’t feel like they need to use a high first round pick on that guy. That what all their veteran signings should do.

Posted by teldar on 06/18/18 at 09:47 AM ET

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Paul,
I saw how his brother plays. I’m not a fan. Granted, being brothers doesn’t mean they’re the same. But I think his brother is an *#$%@& the league is better off without. it

Posted by teldar on 06/18/18 at 09:49 AM ET

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No no no. Need to leave this draft with a potential 1st pair Dman, at least a #2. Gritty forwards can be picked up in free agency or trade down the road.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 06/18/18 at 10:16 AM ET

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His dad mentioned that if Brady isn’t happy with the draft that he may consider not signing with the team and stay in college instead.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 06/18/18 at 10:20 AM ET

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I don’t know much about him, but wondering if the name Tkachuk puts a sour note on the folks answering no?

Serious question and not trying to sway answers, just asking.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/18 at 09:46 AM ET

What swayed me against him was two things:
1. I never saw him score form more than 8 feet away
2. At world juniors he was just trying too hard to be the tough guy and it occurred to me he may be Abdelkader with a better name.

Posted by duhduhduh on 06/18/18 at 10:59 AM ET

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No.
Full disclosure, I have not seen him play in anything other than clips but when the first words to describe him I hear are “gritty”, “abrasive”, “character” I am instantly turned off. We don’t need character guys. We don’t need gritty, go to the corner guys. We need skill guys. We need high ceiling guys that we can build around, and that means not drafting another power forward after taking one ninth overall last year.

Gritty forwards can be picked up in free agency or trade down the road.

Nailed it.

Posted by Manthanasiou87 on 06/18/18 at 11:15 AM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/18 at 09:46 AM ET

Murray hit the nail on the head:

Gritty forwards can be picked up in free agency or trade down the road.

We DESPERATELY need top-pairing potential in the system, of which only one of our current prospects MAYBE qualifies as. Keep calm, draft Bouchard, and sign Tkachuk as a UFA when we are acutally competitive and his draft team gets sick of him, like Evander Kane.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 06/18/18 at 11:35 AM ET

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Absolutely Murray is right. Leave motivated grit signings as free agent signings. A top pair defenseman should not be passed on for a gritty dirtbag with attitude problems.

Posted by teldar on 06/18/18 at 12:59 PM ET

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I don’t know much about him, but wondering if the name Tkachuk puts a sour note on the folks answering no?

Serious question and not trying to sway answers, just asking.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/18 at 09:46 AM ET

Tkachuk is not a 1st line talent on a competitive team.  His ceiling is more as a 2nd liner.

That is all there is to it.

I could make the argument if his last name were different, we would not even be so highly touted.  Someone is getting an NHLer in him, but not a top-end one.

Posted by Primis on 06/18/18 at 01:21 PM ET

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Yes, in that any NHL-ready 1st rounder 2nd or 3rd line wing is a potential fit on this squad, but, no, this is not an organizational need.

Posted by Back Hand Luke from The Land of Unhealthy Scratching on 06/18/18 at 01:24 PM ET

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Sure, if he’s still available at #30.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 06/18/18 at 02:04 PM ET

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If the D they crave isn’t available, I’d rather they take a slight risk on one of the other Dmen in hopes they can be the top pair guys they need so badly rather than a guy I don’t see as top flight forward. I wouldn’t select him higher than 8th.

Posted by evileye on 06/18/18 at 02:37 PM ET

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I would draft at least Bouchard, Dobson, Wahlstrom and maybe even Hughes ahead of Tkachuk. We need high ceiling talent.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/18/18 at 06:34 PM ET

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