Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 01/20/12 at 02:48 PM ET
Here’s a little ditty for all the pharmacists out there who fall back on the ridiculous “Yankees of the NHL” argument. You won’t see too many articles like this out of Denver or St. Louis, where admitting just how good the Wings are is illegal. Edmonton, though, where the hockey smarts are far above those found in most other cities? They get it.
The Detroit Red Wings are renowned as not only one of the best teams in the league, but as one of the best around at drafting and developing. Their current team is rife with players that have come up through their system – fully 15 of their current group of 24 were drafted and developed by the Red Wings, with many of the rest castoffs or reclamation projects the team picked up cheaply along the way (Bertuzzi, Cleary, Conner, Eaves, Miller, Commodore and Conklin) long with a pair of mid-range free agents (Brad Stuart, Ian White).
Detroit’s model may not be one that the Oilers are looking to follow line-by-line, but the result is certainly what anyone could hope for: a team that consistently contends for the Stanley Cup.
More than a few good points in this article. Nothing earth-shattering or news to 19 of you, because it’s stuff we’ve been pointing to for years. But there’s always great joy to be found in pieces written by out-of-towners finally realizing just how good Tick Tock and the rest of the organ-I-zation really is.
The second item, which is probably related to the first, is that Red Wings prospects break into the NHL at a much older age. Of the group of 14, just one player (Jiri Fischer) made the jump to the NHL without playing at least one season in a professional league – either the AHL or Europe.
Drafting, growing, developing, scouting and patience born through sustained success. Players who want to come to Detroit and those who just don’t ever want to leave. I’m not sure if I’ve said this before, but man it’s good to be a Red Wing fan.
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