Embed from Getty Images The Grand Rapids Griffins, have won the Calder Cup in 2012-13 and last season. The Detroit Red Wings can not count on this being the start of something bigger.
Stanley Cup, teams are built. Drafted and developed players carry teams success or failure. It is really hard to know exactly how a prospect will perform once they transition to the NHL.
The Griffins, are currently in the Calder Cup playoffs trying to defend last seasons championship. If they do great. But it does not help the Red wings.
So I hate to be the bad news bubble popping voice of reason. But, there is no reason to raise expectations for Detroit anytime soon. Players still need to put in the time needed.
Only strong drafts and smart free agent signings can lift teams to the next level of play. So enjoy another Griffins playoff run. But stay focused.