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Wings Need To Focus On The Defense

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

With four picks in the first two rounds of next month’s NHL Entry Draft, the Red Wings will likely concentrate on defense, whenever possible.

“I would anticipate some of those four picks, and three third-round (picks), some of those picks will be used on defense,” Holland said.

How vital a deep and talented defense is to any NHL team was shown last summer during the expansion process as the Vegas Golden Knights were entering the league.

Holland noted how teams that possessed depth on defense worked side deals with Vegas in hopes of retaining defensive depth.

“In the end of the day most of them paid a price in order to hang onto their defense,” Holland said. “Defensemen are coveted in this league, and those defensemen (elite top-pairing) that can play in the league, a defenseman that can make a difference, we have to draft and develop them.”

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Holland noted how teams that possessed depth on defense worked side deals with Vegas in hopes of retaining defensive depth.

Holland added, I’m lucky I didn’t have to deal with that lol…...

Posted by murph1jj on 05/14/18 at 05:07 PM ET

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I mean, the Wings should choose defense over forward in a tiebreaker sort of thing.

But if the forward is the better player, it would be insane to not take said forward.  DET still has a need for top-end forwards also, after all.

Posted by Primis on 05/14/18 at 05:25 PM ET

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings prospect Libor Sulak helped the Czech Republic get off to a good start as they finished up round-robin play.

Sulak set up the first goal en route to a 4-3 victory over Austria on Monday. The Czechs finished in third place in Group A at the World Championship in Herning and Copenhagen, Denmark, and now await quarterfinals matchups….

Sulak, 24, joined the Wings at development camp last summer, and again for training camp in September. He ended up assigned to Lahti in the Finnish hockey league (Sulak had signed a contract with that team before signing with the Wings), where he had nine goals and 23 assists in 42 games. Sulak then joined the Grand Rapids Griffins in March, producing two assists in two games.

Sulak’s assets include his skating and his shot. He’ll play in North America next season, either with the Wings or Griffins. The Wings could have at least one new face on defense, and Sulak is expected to compete with Hronek and Dennis Cholowski.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/14/18 at 05:29 PM ET

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I’m fine with any one of (by preference) Hughes, Boqvist or Bouchard.

Posted by godblender on 05/14/18 at 06:46 PM ET

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Craig Custance of The Athletic,

The Detroit Red Wings’ roster is a mix of young players and veterans on questionable long-term contracts, which means there won’t be a ton of turnover. The rebuild will happen gradually, as bad contracts are burned off and young players are eased into their opportunities.

So next season will be very much like this one for Red Wings fans. It’s going to be measured on the growth of important young players rather than points in the standings. If a couple young defensemen establish themselves as NHL players, like Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha did this past season, that bodes well for where things are headed in Detroit.

Still, there’s going to be turnover. There’s going to be debate on who should be moved. There will be opportunity for trades. With that in mind, here’s a look at every player on the Red Wings’ roster and whether they’ll be back when training camp opens:

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Under Potentially on the move he lists Nyquist, Glendening, DeKeyser, Athanasiou, Witkowski, Jensen, Frk and Green with blurbs on all of them.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/14/18 at 07:09 PM ET

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The wise move given that the Wings are stuck with DeKeyser. Kronwall. Ericsson and Daley is to part ways with Ouelett and don’t re-sign Green. That leaves 2 spots open to young players to grow at the NHL level. They might sign a 7th defenseman or let one of their own older guys fill that role. Because most the younger guys still have waiver options they might as well experiment until they figure out which 2 are the most ready for NHL play.

It sure would be nice to see a Red Wing defenseman elevate his game once he gets to the NHL.

Posted by evileye on 05/15/18 at 12:55 PM ET

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——The Wings could have at least one new face on defense, and Sulak is expected to compete with Hronek and Dennis Cholowski.
—-And Hicketts?

Posted by VPalmer on 05/15/18 at 05:27 PM ET

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With Blashill as coach, how can you seriously evaluate anyone. Same garbage again, unless Blashill takes a NHL coaching class in summer school and actually learns. Took him 2.75 seasons just to start rushing the team as a unit, especially on PPs. Blashill is learning to coach at the expense of the fans, players and team. Shame on you KH.

Posted by stateofmifan on 05/16/18 at 01:23 AM ET

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