In Red Wings Land
There are numerous young players in the organization expected to compete for roster spots in Detroit. Pope is now part of that group, as the Wings need to address their scoring (their 2.59 goals-per-game average was 28th in the league this season).
Other forward prospects on the list include Rasmussen, 2015 first-round pick Evgeny Svechnikov, and Dominic Turgeon, a third-round pick from 2014. Another possible candidate is whomever the Wings pick at sixth overall in June.
How soon can David Pope help? I think he can help right now. However, the real question we should be asking is how soon does Ken Holland think David Pope can help?
Since I’m not Thanos and I don’t control the Mind Stone, I can’t give anyone an actual answer about what’s going on inside Holland’s brain, nor can I control what decisions he makes. Therefore, I believe Pope will end up starting the season in Grand Rapids.
With that said, if I was Thanos and I controlled the Reality Stone, I would create the scenario that saw all three of Pope, Michael Rasmussen and Evgeny Svechnikov on the opening night roster. I think they should all be there alongside fellow youngsters Filip Hronek and Joe Hicketts.
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