I've been thinking about all this trade talk for a top 4 defenseman, and I'm starting to lean on the side that Ken Holland isn't going to make a trade. I have a few reasons why I think that, too. 1 - It's Ken Holland, he doesn't like to trade to begin with. ESPECIALLY with all of the talented youth we have in Grand Rapids. 2 - "The Youth Movement" is going to be on the Red Wings roster soon. These kids are wicked good and I don't see why we need to bring in another guy to play top 4 minutes when we have 3-4 guys on the cusp of being ready to transition and take over that role within a year or two. 3 - KH has kept the first round pick of the last two drafts, landing Anthony Mantha (whom he traded down for) and Dylan Larkin.
1 - I think this speaks for itself when I say that Ken Holland doesn't like to make trades. Everyone and their mother knows that. Tyler Myers seems to be the name on everyone's lips for a potential trade. I like Myers, he is young and he's got franchise defenseman written all over him, but he is still a project. There's a lot of areas in which his game can/needs to grow. That being said, I don't think Holland is fond of the idea of giving up a project forward like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, or Anthony Mantha who all have the potential to be top line forwards AND a first round pick in an upcoming draft that is neck deep in talent. All of that for one guy who still needs to be worked on? That's too much for even for my taste and I'm sure Holland doesn't like that.
2 - "The Youth Movement" in Detroit is about to hit full stride and it's going to take the franchise, and league as a whole, by force. Detroit ranks as number 3 on among the league in our prospect pool, and that is without having a top 10 draft pick in over 20 years. Thank the scouts for that one. This new salary cap era is forcing teams to draft and grow withing themselves to be a good team (see the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings). With the best scouts and best scouting system in the league, Detroit is in a perfect position (and on the cusp) of being a huge threat and consistent Cup contender. Why fix what's not broken? I don't see any logic in changing what we're doing. Even if it takes a year or two to hit full stride. I'm ok with that.
3 - Detroit has held onto their first round draft picks these past two seasons and has landed Anthony Mantha in 2013 and Dylan Larkin in 2014. Both are very promising prospects for the Detroit organization. These two picks have made me think, has Holland has transitioned entirely to the draft and development system? These past years have seen Kenny throw first rounders out like they were candy. I am aware that most of Grand Rapids is made up of kids who are picked up in the later rounds, thanks to our phenomenal scouting and developing, but having a first rounder in your pocket to pick up a kid like Mantha never hurt anyone, right? I think Holland has realized that so he's going to stick with what Detroit has done better than everyone else in the NHL the past few years. Seems logical enough to me, that's what I'd do if I were GM. With that mindset, I don't think good old Kenny sees the need to cough up so much for a top 4 D-man when we have 3-4 of them right in our own backyard.
Now you know my thoughts, what do you guys think?