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Steve Yzerman’s First Year As The GM For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here is a look back at Yzerman’s moves – from the draft to free agency to mid-season trades to waiver claims to trade-deadline deals. Some of the grades, of course, could change over time.

Drafting Moritz Seider: A

Yzerman pulled a surprise with his first-ever draft pick as Detroit GM, selecting a big, mobile, puck-moving defenseman from Germany that many draft analysts projected would be taken much later than sixth overall.

Seider, who turned 19 on Monday, has yet to make his NHL debut but made a smooth transition to the North American pro ranks with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. It’s difficult to assess draft picks this soon, but Seider looks poised to anchor the Red Wings’ blue line for many years and should launch his NHL career in 2020-21.

Signing Valtteri Filppula: D

Needing a second-line center, Yzerman signed Filppula to a two-year, $6 million deal on July 1, knowing the former Red Wing well, having signed him in Tampa Bay in 2013....


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Claiming Goloubef is a D?

What a terrible article.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 04/06/20 at 09:56 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

As with all of these, I guess I’m unsure how to interpret the data

For example Goloubef,  we needed a body,  and Yzerman he got a body spending nothing for him.  Why is that a D compared to

Perlini as a D- that we spent an up-trending prospect on

or better yet, we needed a warm body in net, we traded what is likely a non-NHL prospect for the same reason for
Comrie and that is a C-.  Why is a no harm no fail waiver claim a D, but Comrie a C? Shouldn’t that at least match?

My word am I bored.



Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 04/06/20 at 11:44 AM ET

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Kind of a side-bar question I picked up out of this is, what happens with the “conditionals” in these trades? I forget the exact details, but Green was supposed to be a conditional 4th becoming a 3rd if he plays x number of games and/or Edmonton makes the conf final or something. I suppose they just aren’t met and we go from there (I’m assuming there won’t be any more games before the 20-21 season).

Posted by Steeb on 04/06/20 at 01:20 PM ET

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So, overall a D- year.

No credit for this year in your overall pursuit of a Cup.  Going to be held back and have to repeat.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, waiting for YzerMan Plan...... on 04/06/20 at 10:07 PM ET


I’m not sure the “well it was just a fourth” for Erne makes sense.
Surely we could have picked up a gritty, hungry player at the same salary who wouldn’t have cost a pick. After all, a fourth is all we got for Green.
Though all the teams who got even a middling pick at the deadline for a guy on an expiring deal whom they weren’t bringing back must feel glad they pushed to get something.

On the other hand, while Filppula may have disappointed, I’m not sure what realistic expectations were. We’re talking about an aging player who recently played on much better teams and had one recent outlier goal scoring season. It was a free signing for a not too awful salary and term, basically for a veteran who Stevie knew would keep an even keel professionally, while being forced to play too many minutes, a line or two too high, in front of a bad defense and with the mix of the very inconsistent, overexposed or very young players we had left to comprise a second line. It was sort of a suicide mission.

The Perlini move probably wouldn’t have been made if the situation with Fabbri in St Louis had come to a head slightly sooner (we got him little more than a week after Perlini). Still, thanks to Panger. Personal relationships loom really large in the small world of hockey it seems. And I’ll count having friends who help you make good deals as a skill in any GM. Yeah, it’s too bad we don’t have Regula as either a prospect or trading chip given the season he’s had. Seems like a bit of a pro scouting failure re: Perlini. And Regula really stands out when you contrast that price with de la Rose, Pope, and Saarijarvi.

The Comrie odyssey is a bit puzzling. But however short the sample size in Detroit, he didn’t look like an NHL goalie anywhere and I guess Stevie decided enough with the waivers musical chairs: no point in claiming him again if he wasn’t going to play in Detroit or be likely to make it through to Grand Rapids.

Fabbri, Nemeth, and especially Seider of course are legit keepers on an improving team. Nemeth can help stabilize a pairing enough to help a rookie develop in the NHL. And the same can be said for Biega as more of a 6-7. Other than trading Regula and the fourth for Ernie nothing was spent in picks or prospects or committed in bad contracts that undercut the rebuild.

Pro scouting was seemingly an issue too often with Kenny’s group the past several years. I appreciate all of the low-cost, low-risk moves this past season to try and add some competition, give prospects another year to grow without being exposed on a bad NHL team, and at best maybe land a useful player or two for the longer-term.
But I’m not sure Perlini, Erne, and Comrie were the best bets. No one comes close to batting 1,000 And I’m glad no lucrative UFA deals were handed out last Summer.

Between now and whenever next season begins we arguably need both a #2 and a #3 goalie - or a better more mature prospect to add to the mix. And there is a glaring hole at #2 center, unless Fabbri can fill the role, with both Rasmussen and Veleno a ways off to probably being even a #3  
The org also needs to decide if either Cholowski or Bowey can add some offense safely enough to be a full time NHL player. If not, the depth chart is short on skilled point-producers. But penciling in a lineup with no new signings, Nemeth and Seider and even Biega all look fairly important. And Fabbri and maybe even Timashov do too.

Putting aside the picks beyond Seider with whom it’s too early to judge, I’d give Yzerman a B/B-  with the minus taking into account Regula might be an NHL player elsewhere.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/06/20 at 11:50 PM ET

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