The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/06/13 at 12:26 AM ET
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff has taken note of Red Wings fans' fury about the fact that Tomas Tatar isn't playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk, that Gustav Nyquist is plying his trade in Grand Rapids and that the Wings haven't taken some of their prized prospects and converted them into veteran additions, and he penned a must-read response framed within a recap of the Wings' 2-1 victory over the Avs earlier this evening:
Sure, they could go for it right now, recall Nyquist, trade a first-round pick and top prospect Calle Jarnkrok to Calgary for Jarome Iginla, but that would that truly be prudent?
In a few years’ time, when Datsyuk is gone and Zetterberg is in decline, the Wings envision Nyquist and Jarnkrok as their new dynamic duo, just as the aforementioned twosome stepped in for Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov. The plan is to allow Nyquist to enjoy a dominant AHL season and let him start fresh in an 82-game season as one of the club’s top six forwards.
“He got called up and got sent down (earlier this season),” Detroit director of player development Jiri Fischer explained. “It’s not easy for a young player to stay 100 per cent unaffected by being called up and being sent down all the time.”
As for Swedish sensation Jarnkrok, like Zetterberg and Datsyuk, they are allowing him to grow as a person and a player in his homeland before introducing him to the North American game.
“He’s done everything really that needs to be done on his part to make it to the NHL,” Fischer said. “He’s coming along really well. He can really play, he loves the puck. He’s got a ton of personality on the ice and he wants to be a great player.”
There are other prospects on the way including goalie Petr Mrazek, defenceman Matias Backman and forwards Riley Sheahan and Martin Frk who figure to keep the Wings afloat for years to come.
Not that they are exactly sinking this season. With Tuesday’s triumph, the team is 4-1-1 in its last six and has played stellar hockey. The Wings believe their long-term future is bright and based upon their track record don’t you have to give them the benefit of the doubt?
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