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Slowly Headed In The Right Direction

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

Yzerman seemed mildly disappointed the NHL didn’t alter its draft lottery June 26. Despite posting the worst record, by far, the Wings have only an 18.5-percent chance of landing the top pick. The prize is expected to be forward Alexis Lafreniere, and although the Wings have picked sixth, sixth and ninth the past three drafts, they haven’t gotten a shot at a generational talent. They do have 10 picks, including seven in the first three rounds.

Ultimately, that’s where the future lies, in the uncertainty of youth and the unknown of draft picks. Sprinkling in a capable veteran or two with modest contracts makes sense. With the Wings idled perhaps for months, and training arrangements unclear, young players won’t necessarily get the on-hand guidance they need. In that regard, it’s a bad time to be a bad team.

“The young guys that are motivated are gonna figure out a way to get it done,” Yzerman said. “And part of it is, we’re gonna learn who really wants to be a hockey player. The ones who truly don’t, they’ve got as a good a reason as ever to not train right now. A lot of the onus is on the kids’ motivation.”

That sounds like a warning shot, different than the warming shot a year ago. Yzerman has watched and surely winced. I suspect the next step, whenever the pandemic allows, will be a bit more forceful.


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Draft all the talent you want.  Cut all the chaff you want.  Itll mean nothing with Blash at the helm.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/28/20 at 08:28 AM ET


Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/28/20 at 08:28 AM ET

Yep. They’ll start going faster in the right direction once they have an NHL coach.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 05/28/20 at 10:09 AM ET


One interesting thing is when teams get so pick or prospect heavy
they start running out of room to develop and sign guys.

I’m sure that was part of what was behind Stevie moving out a couple of lower-tier prospects this past year.

I’ve some interesting thing about the number of picks Montreal has accumulated and the same issue.

Sure you don’t have to sign everybody and guys can sit overseas or in college and develop at a different pace. But it’s going to be fascinating to see who the Wings can find beyond the first round. Some teams have - even only a year of two or so later - clearly picked better in the top ten or so than teams with even higher picks.
With more virtual scouting and combines while some organizations find a way to uncover and critique talent better than their peers?

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/28/20 at 07:05 PM ET


Well, the real tip off is for someone to sit down and do a study back to I’d say the year 2000.  List all the prospects that made the jump from the draft right into the NHL and to what team.  Do a quick analysis on how the drafting team ranked maybe 3 years before the draft and 3 years after.  Then compare your results to the Red Wings year 2000 and onward,  I think you will find that over ripening a guy more than a couple of years is an old mindset.  So I guess the question is how sophisticated is managing and coaching in 2020?  I’m talking 2020 concepts, you gotta have timelines, more than one, flow charts, many and people who understand modern concepts.  I think loyalty and team favourites have gone out the window.  Some of the young college kids that come out with these new statistical metrics like CORSI and equivalents have newer insights.  Evaluate your draft and your farm teams, Holland used GR and Toledo for the gate receipts but forgot about the Wings.  That’s not the way to run an organization today.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/29/20 at 12:58 AM ET

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