Proud Red Wings fan here. Man what a run and show they put on in the good old days just two years ago. I don’t want to sound like a broken record or beat a dead horse but this team is in shambles.
Well documented bad contracts and an aging roster have put the team behind the proverbial eight ball.
Let’s take a look and see if anything can bring improment in the imitated future.
Dylan Larkin has taken a huge step in his second full season at center as is widely seen as the next Red Wings captain.
Anthony Mantha also having a very good sophomore season he should be on the top line with Larkin for some time.
Tyler Bertuzzi I like this guys game. Tough player solid with his passes. Adds a lot of grit to the team.
The best defensive player the Wings have drafted lately is a guy who I’m pretty excited about. Dennis Cholowski. Drafted two years ago his game has improved greatly. He was seen as a second line defenseman but his play now has him on target for the top line.
That’s not many but it is enough of a building block with some shrewd moves at the trade deadline and yes a new GM next season for the Red Wings to feel comfortable moving forward.
Until then I’m going to enjoying watching these four guys improve their game. Until the Wings are ready for take off again.
One of the biggest issues I have with Ken Holland is that he insists all young players spend 3 years in the AHL (minor league.) No matter if that player is ready and many have been (see Cholowski.)
Larkin is a very rare exception he spent very little time in Grand Rapids with the Griffons.
A new GM and direction is badly needed. I believe it’s coming as there has been no movement on Hollands expiring contract.
That is a good reason to keep an eye on the team. Well Little Caesars arena isn’t bad either.