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Adam Erne And Michael Rasmussen Have Shown Much Improvement

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Anyone who would have wagered that Erne would be leading the Red Wings in goals when this season ended is likely a very, very rich person today.

But given a larger opportunity — not necessarily just personal improvement — as the season progressed, Erne flourished with it.

“If you asked him, it’s more about getting more opportunity and he’s done a good job with it,” Blashill said. “With him, it’s getting more opportunity and he’s capitalized with the opportunity.”

Erne, 26, was a 2013 second-round draft pick of Tampa Bay, so there was always potential of being a good offensive player.

But his best season in three years in Tampa was a seven-goal season, before being traded to the Wings in one of general manager Steve Yzerman’s first moves in the summer of 2019.

Erne only had two goals and three assists last season with the Wings, but he heads into this final weekend with a career high in goals (11) and having tied a career high with 20 points.

As for Rasmussen, it is a case of a young player putting in the work during the long offseason and improving on the ice.

“From a year ago, and you include the summer as part of it, he’s clearly a better skater, clearly playing with more confidence and clearly a better defensive player,” Blashill said. “He’s come one of the furthest in terms of development.”

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Erne is a useful bottom 6 forward, but that scoring spree was a total fluke imo, of course.

Posted by VPalmer on 05/07/21 at 02:57 PM ET

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Probably. But I think he is worth another year to make sure.

Posted by JL72 on 05/07/21 at 03:32 PM ET

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But I think he is worth another year to make sure.

Yes, of course, he should be resigned. I would just have our expectations in check regarding goal scoring.

Posted by VPalmer on 05/07/21 at 03:43 PM ET

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Yeah, there aren’t a lot of likely replacements beating down the door.

Posted by RWBill on 05/07/21 at 04:43 PM ET

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Someone will inevitability use these two players’ improvements to point out a rationale for keeping Blash or why he’s a good coach….while missing the larger point that Blash had both guys in prior seasons and couldn’t get that out of them before. In other words, these guys developed despite Blash not because of him.

Simply put: Fire Blash. 6 years is enough. As someone else pointed out it’s time to start holding Chris Ilitch accountable for not want to open up his inherited checkbook. And that goes doubly for the promised development around the billionaire’s taxpayer-subsidized arena. And that goes 100x true for his neglect of the Tigers.

Yzerman gets a pass because he’s in year 2 (both of which were shortened and constrained due to a pandemic) and that’s all he gets…the Wings are coming up on year 5 of the rebuild (that began when they missed the playoffs in ‘16-17) and the Yzerplan can’t be to expect patience until ‘25-26 when his picks are over-ripened. No, this must be the summer of action (exploiting the expansion draft, the cap squeeze, and all that draft capital)…everyone in the organization is now on the clock….as a fan I demand it especially since you keep wanting to reach into my wallet more.

A 3rd line guy showed promise but your coaches still think he’s a career bottom 6…sounds like the time to include him to help that top 6.

The stagnation of the team to playing for a 0-0 OT game and acceptance of the worst 5 roster in the league I’ve seen on these forums in the forms of next year’s expected roster with only changes to bench players is astounding to me.

It’s time we step up the pressure on the team if the beat writers are so content as to call for a losing coach that doesn’t develop despite his reputation when hired return behind the bench.

Posted by d ca on 05/07/21 at 04:52 PM ET

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Yeah, there aren’t a lot of likely replacements beating down the door.

Posted by RWBill on 05/07/21 at 04:43 PM ET

Unacceptable when you inherited a team bought for pennies on the dollar.

Open the checkbook and pay the market clearing price. Then watch how many do same as these businesses whining about not being able to hire workers right now…pay the market clearing price. Simple supply and demand concept.

Posted by d ca on 05/07/21 at 04:56 PM ET

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while missing the larger point that Blash had both guys in prior seasons and couldn’t get that out of them before.

Posted by d ca on 05/07/21 at 04:52 PM ET

Your comparing a kids 1st year in the league at 20 years old to his 3rd, and another 3rd liner who got to play up and on the PP because the team had limited talent and a lot of injuries?

You can just say, I don’t like Jeff Blashill, Jeff Blashill in my opinion should be fired, you don’t have to make apples to orange correlations to back your opinion.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/07/21 at 05:35 PM ET

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Yeah, erne’s year last year is like Glenn’s year when he couldn’t buy a goal. Cant judge a player on one year, which is why Yzerman brought him back (despite my protests just for transparency).

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/07/21 at 06:14 PM ET

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It’s time we step up the pressure on the team if the beat writers are so content as to call for a losing coach that doesn’t develop despite his reputation when hired return behind the bench.

Yzerman told you two years ago you better be patient. Do you want to build to be a contender or be the Minnesota wild for 20 years?

Posted by beantownredwings on 05/07/21 at 08:00 PM ET

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while missing the larger point that Blash had both guys in prior seasons and couldn’t get that out of them before.

I am not sure you realize Blashill had Erne for 1 year prior to this one and Cooper had him for at least 3.So
Erne became a better player under Blashill. And Murray already told you about Rasmussen. Blashill hatred is one thing, but statements that has nothing to do with reality is another.

Posted by VPalmer on 05/07/21 at 09:45 PM ET

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It’s time we step up the pressure on the team if the beat writers are so content as to call for a losing coach that doesn’t develop despite his reputation when hired return behind the bench.

Yzerman told you two years ago you better be patient. Do you want to build to be a contender or be the Minnesota wild for 20 years?

Posted by beantownredwings on 05/07/21 at 08:00 PM ET

Yzerman also talked about a core of 5 players then…

With the likes of Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Hronek, we have the foundation for a core there,” Yzerman said

2 are now gone, 1 has a serious injury that has been known to prematurely end careers…point is plans change.

Patience is giving an organization 4 years and a GM 2 years (and soon to be 3 drafts) with zero expectations. GM yr 3/ organization yr 5 is when you have to start raising expectations and demanding accountability especially give the confluence of special circumstances (competitor cap & roster squeeze because of the flat cap and expansion draft, expiring detrimental contracts, plus internal cap space and an ownership willing to actually spend it). It’s understanding why 18 & 19 year olds being limited to ELC slides are good for the fan base in the long run despite having the perfect opportunity to allow them to get a few NHL games with zero pressure right now…but there’s also a difference between being patient and being a sucker…and in this town there are way too many accepting mediocrity Lions fans aka suckers.

And with Yzerman’s history of trading top-tier players and rising stars with multiple years left on a contract; I am less concerned than I would be if his predecessor was handing out the contracts.

…but next year it’s time to take that step…and this roster with this coach isn’t capable of that.

Posted by d ca on 05/08/21 at 01:29 AM ET

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2 are now gone, 1 has a serious injury that has been known to prematurely end careers…point is plans change.

Sounds like it took Yzerman 1 year to realize He wasn’t going to win with AA and Mantha. Thank god it didn’t take him longer…

Raising your expectations is fine, but thinking that it only takes 2 years of drafting and then in year 3 you’re going to start winning is a bit silly.

This team is still 4-5 years away from being anything close to contenders. You aren’t dominating much of anyone until Seider solidifies himself as a top tier D in the league and that is at least 3, but more likely 5-7 years away. The best shot we have is Raymond + Berggren + Zadina + Seider + 2021 Top Prospect become elite talent. It’s fine to think otherwise, but silly in my opinion to get your hopes up. Anyone who watched this team dredge through the late 80s and mid 90s knows the hill is arduous, but the summit is worth it.

Posted by beantownredwings on 05/08/21 at 11:58 AM ET

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