As I am sitting at home Wednesday night watching the Stanley Cup banner being raised for the St. Louis Blues, one thought came to my mind.
The Detroit Red Wings are coming off a 4-1 win over the Blues at the Kraft Hockeyville USA game last week, and I thought then that, this Red Wings team should do well than they have the last couple years.
I firmly believe, as a big fan, the Detroit Red Wings are on the rise as the team continues to develop.
With general manager Steve Yzerman now taking his place with a plan of his own and the young players in our farm system further developing their skills in their respective areas, I think they should take the next step into making the Wings contenders again.
Barring a couple things:
Head coach Jeff Blashill has sharply criticized for his coaching, despite the rebuild. He’s been getting a bad rap mostly because the team isn’t winning a lot of games anymore and I would say it’s a good thing.
It’s a good thing to not win a lot with our rebuild, because the team has a promising farm system and they can fill in well once all the veteran contracts expire or are traded.
Blashill has Yzerman and the rest of the front office’s trust and the GM firmly believes that the team is going in the right direction with the coach behind the bench. I’m not expecting to Blashill to be Coach of the Year or go to the playoffs now, but he likely can be the guy that could take the next step—if the team buys in with him.
2. Youth Development
I stressed a couple times here that the youth and farm system have upside and can take over for the veterans, but I’m going more deeper here.
Key players back in Grand Rapids like forwards Filip Zadina, Joe Veleno, Givani Smith, Michael Rasmussen and goaltender Filip Larsson should take strides on taking their step to the league, pending on injuries or performance.
I expect the young players on the main roster such as forward Taro Hirose and defensemen Dennis Cholowski and Madison Bowey to at least contribute in the scoring and defensive efficiency. It may take a bit of time for them to get adjusted, but the future is bright for these guys on the roster.
My Season Projection:
My best pick for this season for Detroit is that they don’t make the playoffs this season, but will come close.
The Red Wings have good upside with the way the team is, but I think with the older veterans and if Blashill doesn’t coach the team to the next step, it will hold them back.
According to projections regarding the Atlantic Division, Detroit is picked to finish near the bottom of the Atlantic, maybe the bottom of the league.
I say they will finish fifth or sixth place in the division is a safe bet, especially in a tightly-contended division like the Atlantic. I’ll be satisfied with that result under the condition that the majority of the team contributes and develops as they should.
The Red Wings make their regular season debuts Saturday at Nashville and at home Sunday against Dallas, and I wish them the best of luck this season! LGRW
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