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Wallner: Svechnikov hitting the right notes in the playoffs

Evgeny Svechnikov sits second on the Grand Rapids Griffins in playoff scoring with 3 goals, 6 assists and 9 points registered over the course of 8 games played--one point behind Tyler Bertuzzi's 10. Ahead of the start of the Griffins-San Jose Barracuda series tomorrow night, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner profiles the even-keeled forward:

"He's producing for us, playing a team game," [Griffins coach Todd] Nelson said. "What's nice about this series (coming up) is you can't pick one line and try and shut it down. We're both deep. And Svech is a big part of it with us (with Kyle Criscuolo and Matt Lorito)."

Svecnhnikov's performance is raising his stock with the Detroit Red Wings. His  chances of making the team out of camp are slim, given the Red Wings would want him on a top two line, but he should get a call-up at some point similar to this season. He appeared in two games in April for his first exposure to the NHL.

"Oh, I'd say so, for sure," Nelson said of his improved stock. "He's playing his best hockey right now."

"Everyone in the room knows he has a really bright future," Bertuzzi said. "He's a really good guy in the room and his skills on the ice are next to none. I've been with him (on a line during the season) and he makes it really easy because of his skills."

The 20-year-old Svechnikov has enjoyed it so far.

"I think I've played good," he said. "First two games (against Chicago) I don't think I was at my best but after that, especially the last two games, I think myself and our line did our best so far."

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hockeyfreak13's avatar

given the Red Wings would want him on a top two line

Svech could probably use another season in the A, but why is this a thing? I assume the top 3 centers at the start of next season will be Z, Nielsen, and Larkin, so the third line shouldn’t be completely devoid of talent. Why not have an open spot on the third line to give a some of these prospects (Frk, Svech, Holmstrom) time with decent players against hopefully lesser competition? They’d probably have a better chance at succeeding starting there than straight away in the top 6.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 05/19/17 at 02:54 PM ET

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Svech could probably use another season in the A, but why is this a thing? I assume the top 3 centers at the start of next season will be Z, Nielsen, and Larkin, so the third line shouldn’t be completely devoid of talent. Why not have an open spot on the third line to give a some of these prospects (Frk, Svech, Holmstrom) time with decent players against hopefully lesser competition? They’d probably have a better chance at succeeding starting there than straight away in the top 6.

I agree completely. However, I absolutely think Holmstrom needs time in the AHL.

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 05/19/17 at 03:02 PM ET

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I agree completely. However, I absolutely think Holmstrom needs time in the AHL

At least one full season of NHL style rinks if not more.

Why not have an open spot on the third line to give a some of these prospects (Frk, Svech, Holmstrom) time with decent players against hopefully lesser competition?

Of these three, I only see Svech being worth the experiment.  Frk isn’t an NHL player.

Posted by neffernin on 05/19/17 at 06:43 PM ET

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