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Duff: Ken Holland, Red Wings know next year’s semi-rookies, ‘next wave’ offer promise, hope

The Grand Rapids Griffins lead the Syracuse Crunch 2-1 after 1 period of the second game of the Calder Cup Final, and in very convenient fashion, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff offered one helluva statement from Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding both the out-of-waiver-options players that are Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Tomas Tatar and Brian Lashoff, as well as Danny DeKeyser (he's been okay--hands are fine, but is understandably a step behind) and the Wings' "next wave" of prospects:

“We’ve got some big decisions because there’s a push from below,” Holland said. “When the season started, guys like Brian Lashoff, Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson, Brendan Smith, they were all in Grand Rapids. Tomas Tatar’s in Grand Rapids, and we signed a Danny DeKeyser. There’s five or six players that at the start of the ’12-’13 season, weren’t on our roster, weren’t on our radar screen other than depth.

“Those guys are all on our radar screen now. Other than DeKeyser, they’ve all got to go through waivers. I’m pretty comfortable saying that none of them are going through waivers. Someone will claim them, which means that we either have to have him on this team or we have to make some moves.

The Wings seem to be waivering a bit regarding Brian Lashoff, who's a fine stay-at-home defenseman but doesn't possess DeKeyser or Brendan Smith's wheels. The fact that Landon Ferraro has had a bounce-back season with the Griffins, that Tomas Jurco's gone from "can't keep up" to "shows flashes of dominant play" and the promise of the inconsistent but sometimes power-grinding Riley Sheahan--as well as the mighty mite that is Adam Almquist--all give the Wings hope that they've got a set of prospects who are ready to be called upon should the Wings need to tap injury call-ups on the shoulder...

And there's more to come after that:

“We’ve got Martin Frk, who played on the Halifax team that won the Memorial Cup and he’s on the first line with (Jonathan) Drouin and (Nathan) MacKinnon. We’ve got the WCHA defenceman of the year (St. Cloud State’s Nick Jensen). They’re just names to people. And they’re not going to come in here next year but we’ve hung onto our draft picks, we’ve tried to be patient, and I think for the first time people are starting to see, there’s some kids here and there’s more kids on the horizon.”

Duff offers more about DeKeyser in the rest of his article.

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VOTE for Datsyuk for PLAY of the YEAR @ TSN   grin

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 06/09/13 at 08:16 PM ET

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