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Khan’s Mid-Season Grades For The Detroit Red Wings

Ansar Khan of Mlive passed out his mid-season grades for the Wings.

Here is his remarks on the coaching staff...

Coach Jeff Blashill and staff

Good marks for improved special teams, Dylan Larkin's successful conversion to center, growth from young forwards Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Martin Frk, and improvement of players like Gustav Nyquist and Jonathan Ericsson. But too many points squandered at home, particularly against teams playing on the second night of back-to-backs. Bottom line is they have improved by only one point from a year ago.

Grade: C

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Colin's avatar

C is what I would give to a team in a wildcard spot and on pace for more than 90 points at the halfway, not a team 6 points back from wildcard contention and not even close to a 90-point pace.

D is what I would give this team, with a C for Blash and an F or Holland until he is fired.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 01/10/18 at 09:21 AM ET


Hard hitting stuff from M-Live. Nobody got an F. Not even a D. I guess C was as low as they go. After all, I wouldn’t want Kenny and his Klowns giving me the evil eye the next time a I try to get a good quote. How lame.

Posted by fatsavage on 01/10/18 at 09:28 AM ET


IMO the player grades are close, that said, reason for underachieving would need to be reflected in the coaching staff grades. This is the third season for the coaching staff, time for positive results. The future of this team is young players, whether Z retires this year or in three years, he’s retiring, Kronwell is retiring, never should they play first on the PP’s especially 5 on 3. This team seems to only score on rushes not the perimeter passing, keep the players moving not wasteing PP time trying to set mostly FRK up.

Posted by stateofmifan on 01/10/18 at 10:10 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

I hate these BS grade articles because the context/basis is never consistent, or defined.  At least Khan “says” Grades are based on performance vs. reasonable expectations., but they clearly are not.

I’ll use a non-controversial player..  He gives Booth a C when reasonable expectations was him being cut from his tryout, or spending the season in GR. The fact that he played some NHL games, and chipped in a few goals, blows expectations of a fringe NHL player out of the water. Booth himself would admit he’s living golden right now.

Kronwall a C? So are we comparing him to 30 y o kronwall, or his contract, or other 3rd pairing Dmen, or what was reasonably expected of him to start the season?  Based on what I saw last year, I was expecting Paul Boyer to suit him with a walker on skates, yet he’s been OK, and that’s beyond what I expected. 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 01/10/18 at 11:01 AM ET


I like how Ansar’s name is nowhere to be found in/on the MLive article. I’d try to distance myself from that garbage too if I were him.

Posted by MZ2215 on 01/10/18 at 11:04 AM ET


Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 01/10/18 at 11:01 AM ET

yep based on expectations the entire time, minus AA, should be getting As. AA gets an F. He was supposed to save this team. He didn’t.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/10/18 at 11:19 AM ET


Usual BS. Cannot and should not be taken seriously.
JB and KH are both F

Posted by 1718 on 01/10/18 at 12:01 PM ET


I honestly did not read the article yet, but when I do grades for the players, I do them based on the expectations. For example compared to what I expected from E this season, he is an A in my book. Seabrook for example was scratched the other day from Hawks lineup, so he is probably an F with Chicago fans. And still he is probably a better dman than E.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/10/18 at 12:01 PM ET


These were a little more realistic than HSJ and TK’s.

But Khan also hewed toward the safe middle with lots of vague
B grades.

And it’s true: the expectations criterion is never really followed through
consistently. You don’t have to extreme about - A or F, but to give a bunch of
guys Bs and then give Cs to guys who have clearly done at least better than expected
for them, just adds more confusion to what if anything is actually being evaluated.

Posted by Lefty30 on 01/11/18 at 01:10 AM ET

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