The Malik Report
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
The 2015 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.
As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams.
DETROIT RED WINGS
Top priority: Depth at wing
The situation: The Red Wings have been dipping into their prospect bank regularly of late, and it has paid off in spades as many young players have had major impacts. It's never a bad idea to bolster the system with offensive talent, which is something the Red Wings scouting staff always has taken great pride in. That said, right wing Anthony Mantha (2013, No. 20) had a bit of a setback earlier this season after sustaining a fractured right tibia. It shouldn't be long before he makes it to Detroit. Right wing Teemu Pulkkinen (2010, No. 111), centers Andreas Athanasiou (2012, No. 110) and Dylan Larkin (2014, No. 15) and defensemen Xavier Ouellet (2011, No. 48) and Ryan Sproul (2011, No. 55) are also players close to earning bigger roles with the organization. Goaltender Petr Mrazek (2010, No. 141) has already taken the next step in his career, and Jake Paterson (2012, No. 80) awaits his opportunity.
read on for a look at the other Atlantic Division teams...
Okay, this entry isn't as much an, "I want to do it" as, "I have to do it." This is "stuff you should know," but it's not particularly exciting stuff.
1. The reason Gordie Howe's family decided to adopt a no-comment policy regarding their father's stem cell treatments is that the Detroit News's Karen Bouffard penned a 29-paragraph article discussing Stemedica, the company that administered Howe's stem cell treatments, and its choice to not differentiate between adult-derived and embryo-derived stem cells.
The audience of this blog has had a good discussion about the issue, and we've decided that this is not a topic that we want to get into big nasty arguments about, so we're going to leave it at "contentious topic" which you may form your own opinions upon/about;
2. Yes, Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov both reported that Pavel Datsyuk was in St. Petersburg, Russia to visit SKA St. Petersburg co-owner Roman Rotenberg, who stated that he had dinner and went to the theatre with Datsyuk, and Lysenkov theorized that SKA would somehow buy out Datsyuk's contract with the Wings to bring him back to Russia.
The Grand Rapids Griffins posted an 11-minute interview with new Griffins coach Todd Nelson speaking with Griffins play-by-play announcer Bob Kaser, and it's a very good way to get to know the man who's going to be in charge of the Red Wings' prospects for at least the next season--starting with the summer development camp in July:
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
... rumblings out of Chicago have the asking price for Sharp at a first-round pick, a top prospect, and an NHL forward on an entry-level contract. That's best described as absurd. Sharp is a proven winner, but he's 33 and coming off a season that saw him limited by injuries to 68 games, where in he produced 16 goals and 27 assists for 43 points. He'd been close to a point-per-game player in three of the previous four seasons.
Sharp would undoubtedly look at home playing next to Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg, and help out the power play. But if the asking price involves Anthony Mantha and a first-round pick, it doesn't make sense for the Wings. They'd be trading a 20-year-old potential building block for a sunset player.
If the Blackhawks were willing to take a second-round pick and a lesser prospect, it'd be a deal worth making for the Wings, but odds are the Blackhawks will find a taker audacious enough to offer closer to Chicago's steep price.
Via RedWingsFeed, this report from the Windsor Star's Bob Duff is less than surprising: according to Duff, the Howe family is no longer going to speak about their father's stem cell treatments given the high level of criticism that's surfaced of late for the procedure and Stemedica:
Their openness was greeted in some corners with criticism and skepticism from members of the medical community, and since a recent New York Times Magazine article that questioned what the Howes were doing with their father, the Howes have opted to go underground as their famous father continues his treatments.
Howe underwent a second stem cell treatment earlier this month.
“He continues to participate in an ongoing stroke trial, and we prefer to not provide any more updates until that trial is completed,” Dr. Murray Howe, Gordie’s youngest son, said in a text.
The Howes are adamant that since their father’s first stem cell treatments in early December, he was lifted from death’s door to a place where he is able to enjoy some of the simple pleasures of life.
“Currently, dad is living with me (in Toledo) and is happy and comfortable and doing well,” Murray Howe said. “He goes for daily walks and helps out around the house. He is surrounded by friends and family and is showered with love.”
Among this evening's Red Wings-related news stories:
1. Here's the Todd Nelson press conference from the Grand Rapids Griffins...
2. And the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner penned two articles about Nelson, discussing his return "home"...
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Kindl's downside is that he is not physical. Babcock used to stress Kindl needed to beat his man to the puck. But on the upside, when Kindl does get the puck, he is capable of two important things: He can produce, and he can get the puck to the forwards as quickly as possible. It might be worth a shot to see how he does as a point man on the second power-play unit.
Another of Kindl's assets is that, relative to what NHL defensemen get in salaries (Montreal just re-upped Jeff Petry for $5.5 million annually over six years, and he was a second-unit power-play guy for them), Kindl's cap hit of $2.4 million is very amenable. He has two years left at and then is eligible for unrestricted free agency.
The Wings are exploring trades for a productive defenseman. Maybe Kindl helps answer the call, given a fresh slate under Blashill. Under any circumstance, Kindl isn't likely to go anywhere. The Wings have tried to trade him for the past few years, with zero interest.
I'm not sure if this is breaking news or news of particularly weighty matters, but you might as well know:
Updated 6x at 1:50 PM:
Here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' press release:
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