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Blashill Wants Svechnikov To Make An Impact To Earn More Ice Time

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The plan was for Svechnikov to stay with the Red Wings these final weeks of the regular season so management and the coaching staff can get a fair evaluation of the 2015 first-round draft pick.

But through two games, coach Jeff Blashill is finding it hard to get Svechnikov on the ice.

“It’s hard certainly at five or six minutes, to play,” Blashill said. “But the other side of it is, when he gets a shift, he has to make an impact.

“It’s the chicken or the egg — what comes first, do you grab ice or do you give ice?

“He’ll get another chance to play and, hopefully, we can get him some more minutes. But with that said, he has to make sure he grabs it.”

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ilovehomers's avatar

Indeed, it is a chicken or the egg situation. Too bad you aren’t always going to have a perfect situation to throw him in. Invest in youth for Datsyuk’s sake. You aren’t getting anywhere with the vets.

This isn’t a AA situation where he has played 100+ games and still doesn’t get it sometimes. Svech has played less than 10 games I think. Get him on the ice. It’s not 20 minutes. Its 12-15.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/10/18 at 10:24 PM ET

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This is why blash has to go.
prospect warms up
national anthem nerves building
first shift at 4-5 minutes in.  have to make an impact.
didn’t make an impact so next shift.
cooling down, gripping stick tighter.
6-8 minutes later get a second shift.
cool, nervous since you HAVE to make an impact.
who are my linemates this shift?
that wasn’t an impact shift, get it next shift.
intermission
exercise bike to try and stay loose
pressure building, must make an impact.
grip stick tighter
first shift 4-5 minutes in. getting cool.
ad nauseam

these kids need regular shifts, with set linemates when they come up. Let them get into the game, not worrying about making an impact in 5 shifts a game.  Play a couple games like that and they get a real chance to play their game.
Then make a decision on them.

This chicken/egg stuff is just BS

Posted by akwingsfan on 03/10/18 at 11:06 PM ET

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No one is a bigger proponent of playing the kids than I am but he doesn’t even deserve a call up.  He has done nothing in Grand Rapids and is undeserving of a call up, so now that he’s gotten a call up he did not earn now he should get top 6 time?

Posted by bababooey on 03/10/18 at 11:26 PM ET

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The people you’ve been giving ice time to all year haven’t done enough with it to be in the playoffs or even in the mix for the playoffs. Why not lower the ice time for Helm, or Abby, or pick a name and see what you have with a prospect for next year?

I don’t understand the supposed logic of this team in the slightest on so so many levels.

Posted by RussianRocket10 on 03/11/18 at 12:03 AM ET

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This team is out of the playoffs… throw him in the top 9 and give him 12+ minutes to really evaluate him. If he makes some stupid mistakes, do what you always do and call him out and bench him the next game… but don’t give us this BS line about having to earn it on each and every shift. Another example of shitty coaching.

Posted by SwedeLundin83 on 03/11/18 at 12:12 AM ET

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“It’s hard certainly at five or six minutes, to play,” Blashill said.

This is why Blashill isn’t qualified to caoch at the NHL level. He admits that it’s hard for a young kid to prove himself in less than six minutes of ice time right after he gave him, wait for it, six minutes of ice time.

And don’t give me the chicken-and-the-egg crap. That’s a BS way of getting out of admitting that you don’t have the balls to let a kid with four games of NHL experience “learn by doing” instead of “learn by being benched and belittled.”

If Holland ever had the balls to fire Blashill, I’d be shocked if he could get a job in the AHL.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/11/18 at 01:28 AM ET

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Blashill learned it from the best, this is truly Babcockian thinking.

Chevy is not a set-up guy.  If he is not on a top 6 line, he will never succeed.  This kid’s psychy is fragile.  He may be doomed for failure within this system.

Posted by NEWing on 03/11/18 at 08:12 AM ET

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Blashill learned it from the best, this is truly Babcockian thinking.

Chevy is not a set-up guy.  If he is not on a top 6 line, he will never succeed.  This kid’s psychy is fragile.  He may be doomed for failure within this system.

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I thought he was the opposite of fragile. I heard all about his drive and determination.

Posted by duhduhduh on 03/11/18 at 08:29 AM ET

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Blashill singing that ice time bologna again, Z had 21:54 last game and his linemates we’re close. There’s no ice time when you give it all to one line. Blashill must be dazzled by Z’s

Posted by stateofmifan on 03/11/18 at 08:48 AM ET

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Blashill singing that ice time bologna again, Z had 21:54 last game and his linemates we’re close. There’s no ice time when you give it all to one line. Blashill must be dazzled by Z’s 44pts for 1346 minutes of ice time, or maybe his failure at the PP for the last three seasons. Once Blashill secures Z’s spot in the redwing stats he’ll suddenly find time. Unbelievable, I’d like for Blashill to succeed but his process is taking too long. Sometimes wonder if he’s the one engaged in the process of becoming a coach.

Posted by stateofmifan on 03/11/18 at 08:59 AM ET

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Blashill learned it from the best, this is truly Babcockian thinking.

Yeah. Sure it is.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/11/18 at 09:33 AM ET

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Not sure I’ve seen a team so poor at talent evaluation.  Maybe the Leafs before the Shanny era.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 03/11/18 at 09:40 AM ET

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To whom little is given, much is expected.

-new franchise motto.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/11/18 at 09:50 AM ET

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Imagine if Blashill was only allowed behind the bench the entire game when he made a meaningful impact the first 5 minutes of a game.  How many games would he have finished this year?  10?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/11/18 at 10:38 AM ET

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I am prone to defend Blashill in a lot of instances because things aren’t entirely in is control and he’s been given an awful roster, but….  he’s dead wrong here.  And this is one of those times where the voices wanting him fired are (deservedly) only going to only get louder.

This is how you continue to play garbage vets, and waste promising youth, and the next thing you know you’ve missed the playoffs for 15 years and are no closer to anything than you were 15 years prior.

I don’t think Blashill is the right guy for this rebuild.

Posted by Primis on 03/12/18 at 09:00 AM ET

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“It’s hard certainly at five or six minutes, to play,” Blashill said. “But the other side of it is, when he gets a shift, he has to make an impact.”

Show me a vet that earns his ice every time he has a shift that isn’t named Zetterberg.

“It’s the chicken or the egg — what comes first, do you grab ice or do you give ice?”

Considering all new guys start with 0 impact NHL shifts when they’re first called up, how do we have ANY rookies playing on this team?

A prime example of these two statements was the end of the Columbus game. You need a goal with a minute to go, defense be damned, and you have Abdelkader and Helm on the ice while Svechnikov a kid WHO WAS DRAFTED FOR HIS SCORING ABILITY, wallows on the bench. Helm gets an excellent feed in the middle and… shoots it right in Bob’s chest. You know who could’ve roofed that? Svechnikov. You know who could use that confidence of his first NHL goal, like we were GIVING to Frk at the beginning of the season? Svechnikov. But no, we NEEDED Helm and Abdelkader out there to provide good zone defense in their zone with the goalie pulled. So yeah Dumblash, you do have to GIVE ice time at some point.

“He’ll get another chance to play and, hopefully, we can get him some more minutes. But with that said, he has to make sure he grabs it.”

Yup, right after Z gets skated another 20+ minutes towards an early, cap recapture-inducing retirement, and the “Matchup Line” gets another 20 to do absolutely nothing of significance. There isn’t a single f**king player on this team that has been “grabbing ice time” all season. You want Svech to be a top 6? PLAY HIM LIKE ONE. Pittsburgh did it with Rust and Guentzel, and they’ve won more cups than us in the last decade.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 03/12/18 at 09:57 AM ET

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