ڈیٹرائٹ ریڈ ونگز میل بیگ: راستے میں آنے والے امکانات سے مدد مل رہی ہے؟ – ڈیٹرائٹ فری پریس

ڈیٹرائٹ ریڈ ونگز میل بیگ: راستے میں آنے والے امکانات سے مدد مل رہی ہے؟ – ڈیٹرائٹ فری پریس


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Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader say change must come from guys in the locker room, after 6-1 embarrassment vs. Nashville, Nov. 4, 2019 in Detroit. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Red Wings have had a turbulent first month of the season, struggling to score and to keep the puck out of their own net. 

Many players are underachieving. The optics — anemic scoring, porous defense, poor special teams — are ugly and that looks bad for Jeff Blashill and his coaching staff. General Manager Steve Yzerman has made it clear the rebuild will require patience, and that he isn’t going to rush into anything. The organization knew this would be another draft lottery season.

The roster lacks talent — 16 games into the season, only Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi are in double digits in points. The defense corps is exposed on a nightly basis, and the goaltending can’t mask that. 

Is there help on the way in the minors? That is the focus of this edition of the Red Wings mailbag. 

Is Filip Zadina a bust? All I’ve heard since he’s been drafted is how gifted of a scorer he is and how “he is going to fill other team’s nets with pucks.” He can’t fill up a glass of water right now. What gives? — Matt, via email

HSJ: Only elite players — think Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews — make an impact right away. The Wings drafted Filip Zadina at sixth overall in 2018. Five players drafted after Zadina are with their NHL teams right now, and only one of them has made an impact. Defenseman Quinn Hughes had amassed 10 points in 13 games with the Vancouver Canucks (who selected him at seventh overall) before sustaining an injury. The rest are recent call-ups or fill-ins for injured regulars. 

Do the Wings wish Zadina was further along? Of course. But team personnel is pleased with his progress with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He just went through a stretch where he produced two goals and two assists in four games. It’s not fair to judge a player this early. Consider that Mantha, another guy who poured on the points in juniors, needed four years of development before he began emerging as a scoring threat at the NHL level.  

As bad as the Wings are playing and as good as some of our prospects in Grand Rapids are looking (Ras, Geno, Zadina, & Seider) will they get a longer look than just the end of the season? Maybe midway point on instead? If this continues.

— Hugh (@HughG_3) November 4, 2019

As bad as the Wings are playing and as good as some of our prospects in Grand Rapids are looking (Ras, Geno, Zadina, & Seider) will they get a longer look than just the end of the season? Maybe midway point on instead? If this continues. — @HughG_3

HSJ: From talking to people in the organization, my sense is they believe the prospects are where they belong, in the AHL. Michael Rasmussen (who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury) was having a nice start to the season with two goals and five assists in six games. He isn’t likely to be called up unless the Wings need a center — the organization wants Rasmussen to get comfortable at that position at the pro level. He played center in juniors, but played on the wing last season with the Wings. Evgeny Svechnikov (five points in five AHL games) is someone I could see being called up mid-season if there are injuries — he’s a year behind in development because he missed all of last season recovering from a knee injury, but he has looked good and he plays with an edge. Until Zadina dominates at the AHL level, he’s better off there. 

More: Detroit Red Wings look awful. What has gone wrong, and who bears blame?

There’s no rush to call up Moritz Seider. With Grand Rapids, he’s able to adjust to the North American game at a good pace. It’s where Yzerman wants him to be. Consider the moves made to patch the defense corps — trading for Alex Biega, calling up Joe Hicketts and Dylan McIlrath. None of those are prospects. 

If the Wings are clearly down and out by Thanksgiving, will Yzerman lose the patience to wait until the trade deadline to make changes?

— Donald R. Haberek (@donhab) November 4, 2019

If the Wings are clearly down and out by Thanksgiving, will Yzerman lose the patience to wait until the trade deadline to make changes? — @donhab

HSJ: Look at the trades Yzerman has made so far — he’s acquired Biega, Adam Erne and Brendan Perlini. Short-term, low-risk moves. Nothing about Yzerman indicates he’s going lose patience. Furthermore, what trades are feasible? The guys who have value are the ones the franchise needs to keep — Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Hronek. I could see Andreas Athanasiou being the one young player who might be in play, but he isn’t helping his value with his slow start to the season. But the veterans on expiring contracts — Mike Green, Trevor Daley — aren’t likely to bring much in the way of offers in light of their struggles to stay healthy over the past year. 

Contact Helene St. James at hstjames@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @helenestjames. Read more on the Detroit Red Wings and sign up for our Red Wings newsletter.

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