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Detroit Prospects Face A Learning Curve

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Fans, and the media to a certain extent, tend to add up the numbers when assessing the future. It’s easy to count the two spectacular goals Kirill Tyutyayev tallied in Detroit’s opening-night win over the Dallas Stars. It’s Simon’s job to detect and correct certain flaws in the Belarussian prospect’s game.

During his critique, he’s just as likely, if not more so, to tabulate the ill-advised back pass that Tyutyayev attempted during a Detroit power play in Sunday’s loss to Columbus. It created a turnover that led directly to a Blue Jackets’ shorthanded goal.

Every player is there to learn, to seek improvement.

“Obviously it’s a lot of older guys here than junior is,” assessed forward Cross Hanas, a 2020 second-round draft pick. “The older the people, the bigger the guys, the faster is it. It’s more physical, the more the ice shrinks. You gotta make quicker plays.”

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Here’s our in Atlantic Division GM rankings

1.Julien BriseBois, Tampa Bay Lightning
BriseBois learned from Yzerman, but has earned the No. 1 ranking because of the trades he’s made and the creativity he showed managing his salary cap. He left Yzerman’s shadow when he won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

2. Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings
Yzerman was no longer there, but his fingerprints were all over the Tampa Bay titles. More importantly to Detroit fans, he has received strong reviews for the work he has done thus far in the Red Wings’ rebuild. He is highly respected for his vision and aggressiveness.

3. Bill Zito, Florida Panthers
It’s fair to argue that it’s too early to have Zito this high, but it took him only a couple of months to revamp the culture of this team. He changed up more than half of his roster. Zito is a bold trader, evidenced by his acquisition of Patric Hornqvist, Sam Bennett and Sam Reinhart. The Panthers could win the Atlantic this season.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/20/21 at 01:08 PM ET

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Rory Boylen of Sportsnet with his pre-season power rankings,

29. Detroit Red Wings
Key additions: Pius Suter, Mitchell Stephens, Nick Leddy, Alex Nedeljkovic

Key subtractions: Valtteri Filppula, Bobby Ryan, Darren Helm, Jonathan Bernier

This training camp is all about the kids. What do we see from Moritz Seider and can he force his way on to the roster? How long can Lucas Raymond hang around camp and how close is he to NHL ready? Everyone knows what this Wings team is all about, but while more losing is expected in the short-term, you still want to see bounce backs from Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi as they return from injuries, a step up from Filip Zadina, and more of the same from Jakub Vrana, who was a point per game player after being acquired at the trade deadline.

31 more teams

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/20/21 at 02:12 PM ET


Key subtractions

How about Glendening?

Posted by VPalmer on 09/20/21 at 06:39 PM ET


Glendenning is a great guy and a hard worker but he is a below replacement level player these days.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 09/21/21 at 10:29 AM ET


My point is how you can mention Valtteri Filppula, Bobby Ryan, Darren Helm,as key subtractions and not mention Glendening.

Posted by VPalmer on 09/21/21 at 11:27 AM ET

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