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Jeff Blashill On Evgeny Svechnikov

Ansar Khan of Mlive spoke with Jeff Blashill...

Q: This is a big year for Evgeny Svechnikov, who no longer is waiver-exempt. What does he need to show to prove he is NHL-ready?

A: “I just talked to him the other day and he seemed like he’s doing pretty well and excited to get going. He’s a very hard-working young guy. He’s continued to work hard through a lot of injuries. It hasn’t always been easy. Hopefully that perseverance pays off. He’s going to have to make a big impact on a night to night basis in some fashion to a degree greater than other guys. He can do it by putting points up. You can do it by bringing physicality and energy, where you change momentum of games. You can do it by becoming great at one particular area -- the net front. That’s going to be up to him. Another guy that is competing for a spot.”

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The Malik Report has 2 more answers from Blashill.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/23/20 at 10:45 AM ET

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press takes a look at Detroit’s 2017 draft class…

The 2017 draft marked the first time the Wings were in the draft lottery, damned with an entry spot after missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 seasons. They finished with the sixth-worst record but were pushed back to ninth because expansion Vegas won the sixth spot and the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars moved ahead of Detroit.

In addition to Setkov, the Wings drafted forward Michael Rasmussen (ninth), defenseman Gustav Lindstrom (38th), defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo (71st), forward Lane Zablocki (79th), forward Zachary Gallant (83), goaltender Keith Petruzzelli (88th), defenseman Cole Fraser (131st), forward Jack Adams (162nd), defenseman Reilly Webb (164th) and forward Brady Gilmour (193rd). Zablocki, Gallant, Fraser, Webb and Gilmour are no longer in the Wings’ system.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/23/20 at 11:05 AM ET

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You can do it by becoming great at one particular area—the net front.

He has size, he’s skilled, he has plenty of talent, he hits, he skates well and he has great hockey sense so of course Jeff Blashill wants him to be a net-front guy.

It’s kind of funny that the Wings went from having a coach who consistently tried to draw blood from a stone (I hope Justin Abdelkader thanks Mike Babcock every day for his financial position) to a coach who sees a guy with almost a full toolbox of talent and wants to stick that guy in front of the net and fire pucks at him.

I can’t wait until Blashill is gone.

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 11/23/20 at 12:40 PM ET

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Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 11/23/20 at 12:40 PM ET

 

That’s the problem when you view that net front guy as just a tree stump who tips pucks, you do realize “net front” is also the cycle 1 option, “net front” is the board stopper on rims, needs to collect rebounds.

The bigger issue is that you don’t see what Svechnikov lacks is not an elite shooter, so he doesn’t play either board side, he’s not running key on point, nor is he a great passer to be in the slot.

I’m more concerned myself about Yzerman having put him in a position to have to compete for ice time on a nightly basis, in a do or die situation. He’s going to have to make a big impact on a night to night basis in some fashion to a degree greater than other guys.  I’m not someone who simply rewards players with ice time, but I’m also not a fan of putting a kid into a position on depth line in which he must produce to stay in the lineup over players that are barely in the league like Gagner as an example.  Unless they’ve seen what they need to see at the AHL level and know where he’s at, and that’s possible, Svechnikov should be given 25’ish games to sink or swim, not in a night in night out decision.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 11/24/20 at 08:12 AM ET

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I’m more concerned myself about Yzerman having put him in a position to have to compete for ice time on a nightly basis, in a do or die situation. He’s going to have to make a big impact on a night to night basis in some fashion to a degree greater than other guys.  I’m not someone who simply rewards players with ice time, but I’m also not a fan of putting a kid into a position on depth line in which he must produce to stay in the lineup over players that are barely in the league like Gagner as an example.  Unless they’ve seen what they need to see at the AHL level and know where he’s at, and that’s possible, Svechnikov should be given 25’ish games to sink or swim, not in a night in night out decision.

I’m with you on that one. The worst thing for Svechnikov is to not provide him with the opportunity to succeed. Shuffling him around the lineup, switching up his linemates or shuffling him in and out of the lineup really isn’t going to give him a chance to prove he belongs. If they want to see consistency out of Svech they really need to give him a consistent environment to work in.

I don’t want to give him ice time he hasn’t earned but I don’t want them giving up on him too quick. Unfortunately he once again lost valuable time with the shortened AHL He lost other valuable time due to injuries. The Wings have to find a way to make up for some of that. I’d rather see a fair evaluation of him than “the best team they can put on the ice”. Let some of the aging veterans sit. Let the young guys grow. The Wings have to know by the end of this season (or sooner) if Svech has a future in Detroit. Let’s get the clearest picture possible.

Posted by evileye on 11/24/20 at 10:13 AM ET

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