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The Gold Standard

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.

Cult of Hockey

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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bezukov's avatar

man it’s good to be a Red Wing fan.

Hell yes.  I’m driving up to Detroit to represent the 19 at the matchup with little brother on Saturday.  Let the good times roll.  LGRW

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/20/12 at 02:16 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Detroit Red Wings + $5,000,000 = 13-28-5

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/20/12 at 02:42 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice find there, MC.  I think that Willis’ conclusion speaks volumes:

On the other hand, Ken Holland comes from a scouting background, and his philosophy has worked well for the Red Wings.  Not only has the team fared better, but when his players make the team they tend to play in Detroit for the following decade, as opposed to being shipped out of town after a rough season or two.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 03:26 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Class starts from the top and trickles down.
Mr & Mrs I have surrounded themselves with very good people & treat them well enough they don’t want to move on.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/20/12 at 04:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I’m not sure if I’ve said this before, but man it’s good to be a Red Wing fan.

We don’t say it enough, Master Chief.

And thank the Giggling, Snot-dripping Baby Jesus for Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch.  Cannot ask for a more generous and trusting ownership group to lead the Detroit Red Wings.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/20/12 at 04:41 PM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

Edmonton, though, where the hockey smarts are far above those found in most other cities?

But let’s not give the city too much hockey cred…after all, Robert Tychkowski (Edmonton Sun) is from there: ” The Edmonton Oilers [are going] to a city where the forecast is muggy with a chance of murder and they use more white chalk at crimes scenes than in the school”

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 01/20/12 at 04:58 PM ET

cementslinger's avatar

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 01/20/12 at 02:58 PM ET

Are they playin the Saginaw Spirit again?

Posted by SYF from Dr. Ima Tearadikov’s “Office” on 01/20/12 at 02:41 PM ET

Read: FORD

Posted by cementslinger from Midland MI on 01/20/12 at 05:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Don’t follow the Lions anymore since Barry Sanders retired, cementslinger.  Whatever they’re doing now, good for them and good luck.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/20/12 at 05:59 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Thanks for the tips, Sullyosis…  scared stiff in a magic hat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_ayrUIH_l0

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/20/12 at 09:36 PM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

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….....

This hits the nail on the head so why do so many “fans” from other teams always claim that Detroit bought the Cup back in 97, 98 and 02?  First of all, since the Cap was intituted that’s an idiotic argument and while I haven’t seen it as often, surprizingly, I do still see that claim written by posters on the interwebs. 

Secondly, it never was true anyway - I’ve done research (in the past) on the content of the 97 and 98 BtoB and 02 Cup teams and there were far more drafted and developed players on the roster than there were highly paid free agents.  Like most rentals, Hossa was a backfire and I just don’t think that the Wings have (or ever had) the rent-a-player metaility.  Those types are cancers in the locker room anyway.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 01/20/12 at 11:46 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

...but man it’s good to be a Red Wing fan.

It’s gooder than good.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/21/12 at 07:27 PM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com