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Season Outlook For Jonathan Ericsson

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2019-20 outlook: Ericsson was plagued by injuries at the start and end of the season and struggled with consistency once again. After a good start in the 2017-18 season, he has posted a minus-23 rating in his past 95 games.

Ericsson was a healthy scratch for back-to-back games on a couple of occasions, for the first time in his career. He’ll likely start the season alongside Trevor Daley as the third pairing (depending on the unit’s health), but unlike past seasons, Ericsson won’t have a guaranteed spot in the lineup. It’ll depend on his performance.

Defense continues to be the weak spot on this team, but coach Jeff Blashill will have other options for the third pairing (Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green, Patrik Nemeth and Filip Hronek are projected as the top four) – including Madison Bowey or Oliwer Kaski. Dennis Cholowski, who started strong last season before fading and being sent to Grand Rapids, also will be competing for a spot.

Ericsson is among the veteran defensemen the Red Wings will try to move at the trade deadline (along with Green and Daley, but he’ll need to be healthy and playing reasonably well to draw interest for a draft pick.


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One has to weigh what is better for the team:

A. Getting a young player NHL experience
B. Getting a draft pick/prospect for Ericsson if he plays well.

The only way Detroit gets anything for Ericsson is if he can play AND can at least show he is a decent bottom pair defensemen. Even in that scenario the return for him will be pretty low.

I’ve got to go with option A. Someone out of Cholo, Bowey, Kaski, Lidstrom, McIsaac, Seider, Saarijarvi should be ready to take on that role. Even if injuries strike there is always Hicketts. Multiple injuries and they can reach out to Kronwall.

A slight argument could be made for Ericsson as the #7 defenseman since you don’t want that role filled by a young player. But Bowey or Hicketts could fill that role.

The Wings still have the problem they’ve had for years. no real top pairing defensemen. So, players are already playing “above their level”. Injuries at the “top” will cause major problems but Ericsson isn’t part of the solution.

If the Wings could find ANYONE willing to take Ericsson for ANYTHING before the season, I’d do it even willingly eat part of his salary.

Posted by evileye on 08/21/19 at 11:20 AM ET


A slight argument could be made for Ericsson as the #7 defenseman since you don’t want that role filled by a young player. But Bowey or Hicketts could fill that role.

Nah, it’s not a slight argument. It’s pretty much the only argument.

Carry 13 forwards and 8 D, rotate them as the #6 guy or if Cholo/Bowey/Kaski/Saarijarvi can hold their own as a third pairing, let D and E rot in the pressbox.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/21/19 at 12:52 PM ET


There are bound to be teams willing to give up *something* for D & E, even if they’re just late round picks and the teams are using those guys as depth in case of injuries during the playoffs.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/21/19 at 12:53 PM ET

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Assuming health and who knows what with Kronwall, its time for Ericson to sit.  Daley needs to play because if healthy, he should be able to fetch a mid to late round pick at the deadline.
I think the wings need to see what they have in Bowey, he looked ok last year, need to give him a real stretch and see what happens.

I’d keep the rest of the kids in GR call them up when we have injuries.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 08/21/19 at 12:54 PM ET

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Matt Larking of The Hockey News lists 10 players who could be traded this season.

10. Mike Green, D, Detroit Red Wings

It sure feels like it’s time for Green to enter the gun-for-hire phase of his career. Teams sniffed around him at the 2018 trade deadline, but an injury stopped him from getting moved. He signed a two-year extension the ensuing summer. Now he’s on Year 2 of that pact, heading back to unrestricted free agency. On Feb. 1, 2020, his no-trade clause becomes a modified version in which he can submit a 10-team no-trade list. New GM Steve Yzerman wasn’t the one who signed Green, so there isn’t necessarily any baked-in loyalty there. Green would make sense as bait for one of Yzerman’s first major trades and, unlike in recent seasons, Green won’t have as much of a say in the matter. Green turns 34 in October and has a heck of a time staying healthy these days but remains an effective puck-mover when he’s in the lineup – and a right-handed one to boot. There will be a market for him this winter.

more players

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/21/19 at 12:57 PM ET

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10. Mike Green, D, Detroit Red Wings

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/21/19 at 12:57 PM ET

If the Wings are competitively in the hunt for a playoff spot by the end of February (the supposed final trade deadline before the playoffs start in April), IMHO, I think the Wings will probably hold on to Green…IF HE’S HEALTHY.  I think this team needs to get the kids into the playoffs for the experience.  I’ll gladly suffer a first-round exit (doesn’t mean a sweep out of the playoffs) if it means the kids are exposed to what it takes to take that next step.  The core of this group - Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou, Bertuzzi - are approaching their third or fourth year with the team.  It’s time since it seems like a media and fan consensus that this is the group to lead the Wings as the next generation.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/21/19 at 04:38 PM ET

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