I'd like to just get a conversation going about our prospect development. You've probably all seen by now this cool fap-piece on Deadspin. Someone (one of you?) left this comment:
Perhaps you guys should blast Holland for not recognizing talent and keeping these guys slaves to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Nyquist started the year off in the AHL. How?
None the less, this is the most exciting teams the Wings have put on the ice in a long time and they have struck gold once again in the draft.
Most of us were crowing something like this at the start of the season, especially as room was being made for people like Cleary, Samuelsson, etc. I think it can be stated that Holland is far from "not recognizing talent," but how do we see this year? As a missed opportunity to have a higher seed, or as squeezing everything we could out of this team? Nyquist may be an extreme example, but what about Jurco? Is it better to see what we can get out of an older team--an older team with a vastly different playing style, mind you--or go with the kids? Especially now that we look back over the season, rather than speculate.
I do think this team suffers from a lack of leadership when 13 and 40 are not both out there. Kronner... I'm not sure why he has an A, he is ALWAYS looking for someone else to take responsibility on the ice (exhibit A, that AWFUL pass to Datsyuk when he should have shot last night). So I think it's better to have, say, Bertuzzi in the lineup (when healthy) than our next hotshot callup. But, can keeping Nyquist down early in the year be defended?