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It's Time For Evgeny Svechnikov

04/19/2020 at 6:51am EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Next season, Svechnikov, 23, is no longer exempt from waivers, so he’ll either start the season with the Red Wings — or be exposed on waivers and risk being lost to another team for nothing in return.

The assumption is, the Wings will keep Svechnikov and give him his first extended NHL look. It’s certainly what he wants.

That elusive prolonged chance to prove himself.

“I believe I’m good enough to play in the NHL,” said Svechnikov, who has played in 20 NHL games (2 goals, 2 assists). “I’m not thinking about where. I’m just going to come (to training camp) and do my best and go from there.

“It’s time. I’m not getting any younger.”

That is true. Svechnikov, a rugged 6-foot-3, 208-pound right wing has been on the brink of the NHL, but several factors have kept him out.

No room on the NHL roster, the organization wanting to make sure Svechnikov earned more pro experience in the AHL, injuries, and his inconsistency in Grand Rapids have conspired against him.


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