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Fifteen minutes of Jiri Fischer waxing philosophical about the Red Wings’ player development model

I've been in and out of late, so some of the Red Wings-related scuttlebutt (Datsyuk staying, says Mike Babcock? I sure hope so) and prospect news (the Grand Rapids Griffins have a 2-1 lead on the Toronto Marlies heading into tonight's game via a 5-4 win on Wednesday evening, and Martin Frk's Halifax Mooseheads won the QMJHL title and will play in the Memorial Cup), but I would be terribly delinquent if I didn't post the following:

Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer spent 15 minutes speaking to WBBL's Huge Show about both the Wings and their prospects' development, discussing some of his points of emphasis for the team's prospects and the front office's plans regarding filling the hole left on its roster by Jim Nill's decision to leave the team to become the Stars' GM. This interview is more than worth your time as Fischer's thoughtful and eloquent delivery is jam-packed with hockey knowledge:

The most interesting part of the interview? The last couple of minutes involve the ways in which the organization is addressing its prospects' engagement in social media...Intriguing stuff.

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What a great interview…thank you for finding and posting this, it’s not often I sit through an entire 15 minute audio clip but Jiri was well worth it. Very insightful and well-spoken.

Posted by Marisabel on 05/17/13 at 09:09 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Young defensmen try to do too much.

As soon as he said that I knew he was going to mention how DK doesn’t try to do too much. If Smith can ever “internalize” that concept, he’ll be an excellent player. If he doesn’t, he’ll continue to get worse (which would be pretty hard to do right now).

Best part of the interview for me was Jiri’s observation about the way Lidstrom put peanut butter on his toast. That’s not only a great insight into Nick, but says a lot about the way Jiri took in everything around him as a player. Very cool.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/17/13 at 10:57 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

What else is Babcock going to say about his top player?  If #13 told him he was leaving but didn’t want to make a big deal out of his last season in Detroit, of course Babs is going to make the “zero percent chance” claim.

I hope it’s true, but hearing it from the coach doesn’t really hold any water for me.

Posted by The Meal from Longmont, CO on 05/17/13 at 11:17 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

What else is Babcock going to say about his top player?

He’d say nothing if he felt otherwise.  It’s too early to be concerned, anyways.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/17/13 at 12:25 PM ET

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