Abel to Yzerman

Abel to Yzerman

As Always, Too Early To Rate Detroit's Draft And Fan Finds Larkin

06/26/2019 at 7:34am EDT

from Jamie Samuelsen at the Detroit Free Press,

When Steve Yzerman walked to the stage at the NHL draft and selected defenseman Moritz Seider with the sixth pick in the draft, it was a head-scratcher for most Red Wings fans. Not because they thought Seider was going to be a bust or because they covet some player instead. No, they were angry because Seider was selected higher than he “should have been” and as a result, it constituted a “reach” by Yzerman.

Was it a reach? We’re all certainly entitled to our opinions. I, speaking as someone who has never seen Seider wear a pair of skates, much less compete at high levels of hockey, will refrain from judgement. Yzerman has scouted Seider plenty and viewed him as the sixth best player in the draft and the available player that best fit the Red Wings' needs.

Who’s right and who’s wrong? Time will tell. And time might take the shape of a four- or five-year wait.

More: NHL draft winners and losers: Canadiens get a steal with Cole Caufield at No. 15

Which brings me back to grades. How is it humanly possible to know how good a class is within 48 hours of it being put together? It may take 48 months before we know just how good these players are. Yzerman came on the radio with us on Monday and said it could be four or five years before we can expect some of these players to arrive in the NHL. That’s the nature of drafting in hockey and baseball.

read on

from Jared Purcell of Mlive,

While most people were walking around the Detroit Country Club on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of the various celebrities that participated in the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s AREA 313 Celebrity Challenge, 14-year-old Michael Banaszewski could not have cared less about golf. He was roaming the grounds looking for his hero, Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin.

“Where’s Larkin?” Michael asked anxiously as he began walking toward the 14th hole where the stars were gathering.

Seeing Larkin would make Michael’s day a very special one among many difficult ones within the last year. In fact, it might make it the most special day of his life.

Living with Down syndrome, Michael was diagnosed with germ cell tumor testicular cancer on Sep. 21, 2018. Going in and out of Beaumont hospital in Royal Oak for treatments starting in November, Michael’s room was fully decorated in a Red Wings theme. Although doctors are currently monitoring lymph nodes behind Michael’s heart and in his abdomen, he has not had to go back for treatment since January this year.


Create an Account

In order to leave a comment, please create an account.

About Abel to Yzerman

Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977. No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y. Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation. There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature. Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that.

Most Recent Posts

Most Recent Comments

Comment by exor54 in Kukla's Korner Hockey from the entry Evening Line -Larry Brooks - 2 hours ago
Comment by Paul in Kukla's Korner Hockey from the entry NHL Short Notes - 3 hours ago
Comment by Paul in Abel to Yzerman from the entry The Homestand Ends On A Losing Note - 9 hours ago
Comment by Paul in Abel to Yzerman from the entry The Homestand Ends On A Losing Note - 9 hours ago
Comment by Paul in Abel to Yzerman from the entry The Homestand Ends On A Losing Note - 9 hours ago