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Some Luck Couldn’t Hurt

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

Is it still too early to judge the Red Wings solely on stats and standings? Yeah, it is. But it’s time for a look, a leap, and perhaps a little luck.

In year three of the Steve Yzerman-led rebuild, they’re taking a closer look at their young talent, and hoping for a leap. The Wings certainly will be younger, deeper defensively and presumably better, whether the record reflects it or not. The process has passed the weeding-out stage and is headed toward the finding-out stage, and it’s time to push it a bit.

So they’re looking at Lucas (Raymond) and seeking Mo (Seider). The touted first-rounders, 19 and 20 respectively, will make their highly anticipated debuts, which instantly makes this season more interesting. A bunch of guys have a bunch to prove, from captain Dylan Larkin to the old-young goalie tandem of Thomas Greiss and Alex Nedeljkovic, to center Pius Suter, 25, surprisingly unsigned by Chicago after a solid rookie campaign.

For Jeff Blashill, in his seventh season as coach, the heat will only rise if the youngsters don’t. It’ll be painful at times, with a jolting opener against the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night. The Wings are pegged by most to land in the NHL’s bottom five, which is where they finished in the pandemic-shortened 56-game slate.

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on Seider and Raymond,

“It’s good for our team,” captain Dylan Larkin said. “Like everyone, they have 82 games to prove themselves. Right now, it looks like what’s best for them is in our lineup, and that’s great for our organization and our team right now, because I believe they make us better. They are two great kids that are going to continue to work and elevate their game. They are going to learn pretty quick what the NHL is about, and it’s exciting for them.”

Raymond, 19, and Seider, 20, both play an intelligent, skilled game. They handle the puck well, are responsible defensively and don’t shrink against physicality. Seider was a lock to be on the team; he has played in men’s leagues for three years, from his native Germany in 2018-19 to Grand Rapids in 2019-20 to Sweden’s Rögle last season. He’s 6 feet 4 and shoots right, and already has command of one of the power play units. Raymond secured his spot in his third exhibition game, when he put up a goal and an assist in a game against a Chicago Blackhawks team loaded with NHL regulars.

“The game against Chicago was a big statement game for him, where they brought in a really good roster and he had a great showing,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He got tired over the course of the next three games but that’s part of this league, too, is learning how to play when you’re tired, because lots of times you’re not going to feel great and you have to find ways to still play solid hockey.

“The level of ‘B’ and ‘C’ game he has, meaning even when he’s not producing offense, or it doesn’t look like he’s doing a whole bunch offensively, he’s very solid defensively. That allows him to continue to go on the ice.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/14/21 at 08:10 AM ET

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Jonatan Berggren drove to Grand Rapids, Ohio.  Thankfully it wasn’t Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

The Malik Report has the story.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/14/21 at 08:49 AM ET

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Jonatan Berggren drove to Grand Rapids, Ohio.  Thankfully it wasn’t Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

The Malik Report has the story.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/14/21 at 08:49 AM ET

That is hilarious

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 10/14/21 at 10:02 AM ET

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Jonatan Berggren drove to Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area

He’s going to hear about that from his Griffins teammates all fricking year long. Hopefully he has better luck in finding the net.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/14/21 at 11:35 AM ET

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