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Nazem Kadri On The Current State Of The Red Wings

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

From 2014-16, Toronto finished back-to-back seasons with fewer than 70 points. The Leafs didn’t have the kind of star power that warranted praise from opponents before and after games. They were, frankly, a little bit like this year’s Red Wings.

Kadri lived those years as some of his first in the league, and so, as his team’s stars took their turns in the spotlight after yet another win, the question was posed to him: Did the Detroit bunch his team had just beaten, 5-3, remind him at all of where the Leafs were just a few years back?

“Yeah, for sure,” he said. “They’ve got potential. It’s just something that’s not easy at the moment. You’ve just gotta kinda keep working towards the future and understand that your ultimate goal is to compete and contend every single year. If that means waiting on it a little bit and having success later on, it’s worth it.”

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Hootinani's avatar

And all it took was a new GM, new coaches and new scouts. And I’m sure as soon as the Wings change their entire management team they’ll have success as well.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/12/18 at 11:45 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Since Nill and his scouts left town, there has been a big shift in the types of prospects we’re drafting, and they all seem to have higher top end than many drafted the previous 5-10 years. 

It’s just going to take time.  But seeing guys like Cholo, Ras, Mantha, Larkin, Ehn, Holmstrom, etc…. in the system make me much more excited than I was when Nill was in town.

Nill leaving for Dallas was the best thing that could have happened to this club without a major shift in direction.  Sure, some of the re-signings and signings have been horrible, but for once we’re drafting talented kids with big upside. 

Just going to take some time…

Posted by TreKronor on 10/12/18 at 12:07 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Posted by TreKronor on 10/12/18 at 12:07 PM ET

That’s a bit harsh of a take in a way, but I also don’t disagree either.

DET has drafted definitely better to some degree since Nill left and took a couple of guys with him.  DAL’s drafting, conversely, does not look to be that good with NIll and Co. at the helm.

Posted by Primis on 10/12/18 at 02:27 PM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 10/12/18 at 12:07 PM ET

The fans are sometimes forgetting the time required to get out of a big hole.  I watch from Canada when can (Canada is owned by the Leafs).

Today’s team is actually exciting for me to watch.

Unfortunately the days are looming when most of the kids get sent to GR.  Most dead weight is hanging on with there horrible contracts and are mostly not movable.

Next year should be better as long as dead weight is not resigned.  I was surprised at the talent that came up and is playing well, mostly the D.

This year or next the Wings have to hit the Draft Lottery. There is a case to be made for some kids being in GR or should.  Ras is nearly invisible but it is very early, Zadina will benefit from GR ice time. Veleno will be good.

I have to mention Cholo ,,fun to watch and looks lie a young Vet

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 10/12/18 at 02:30 PM ET

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