from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,
Truth: Steve Yzerman’s Right in Drafting Defensemen...
It’s been putrid, there is no way around it. But Blashill isn’t totally at fault here. The defense, outside of Moritz Seider, has struggled mightily. And instead of playing the tight system Blashill did last year, he’s allowed to things to open up more which to no one’s surprise, has led to a deluge of goals from the wrong team.
It’s been a problem for over a decade and this year, in spite of some movement forward, has revealed some massive warts. Seider is a budding star and the early returns on Simon Edvinsson prove promising. But that’s only two potential solutions in what has been a thorny year for Detroit defenseman.
Danny DeKeyser is most likely finished with the Red Wings. Marc Staal and Nick Leddy are potentially traded. Filip Hronek hasn’t looked as sharp this season while even Gustav Lindstrom has been shaky since returning to the lineup.
Blashill can only work with what he’s given. Of course there will be disagreements, and decisions that are not popular. The Red Wings have slightly improved from last season, but it’s still very much a work in progress.
With that said…
Lie: The Red Wings are a Much Improved Team This Season