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The job of every general manager, head coach, scout and many others within an NHL organization is to evaluate players. These evaluations can be the difference between a player starting on the opening night roster or ending up on the waiver wire. Well, in order to confidently write about the 2020-21 Detroit Red Wings, I
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What’s The Grind Line? Apart from the once-famous line of Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, and either Joe Kocur or Darren McCarty, The Grind Line is also The Hockey Writers’ weekly column about the Detroit Red Wings. This week, Tony Wolak, Devin Little, Ian McNaughton, Patrick Brown, Peter Ploshehanski, and Ryan Guenter are the muckers who
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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been putting together my projections for 2022 Winter Olympic rosters – if the NHL allows its players to participate in the tournament. Sometime during that process—possibly while adding Filip Zadina and Filip Hronek to Czech Republic’s team—I wondered, which region has produced the best Detroit Red Wings players? Is
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Throughout its two-decade history, the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise have had great players from all around the globe. 322 players have suited up for either the Thrashers, Jets, or both since the Thrashers were established in 1999. Those 322 players have hailed from 15 different countries. Here’s a look at the best player from each
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The Colorado Avalanche have several choices to make across the next two seasons as general manager (GM) Joe Sakic constructs the team. For our purposes in this article, “the team” consists of 18 players: four lines of three forwards plus three lines of two defensemen. Table 1 is the Avalanche team depth chart. Injuries wreaked havoc on the Avalanche roster this season so some readers may have
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April 21 has been a very busy day in National Hockey League history. We have seen defensemen shine on the offensive stage, some big hat tricks and plenty of other memorable Stanley Cup playoff moments on this date. The Legend of Bill Barilko Defenseman Bill Barilko played five seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs and
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A promising pipeline of prospects is an integral part of a team’s long-term success. During the Detroit Red Wings’ 24-year playoff streak, they managed to strike gold in the later rounds of the draft several times, which considerably lengthened their reign of Stanley Cup contention. Even now, the Red Wings possess a solid core of
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While we would love to see NHL stars return to the ice, prospects can shine a light into the future during these metaphorically dark and trying hockey times. The Colorado Avalanche have a deep prospect pool, filled with players that could make a talented, successful team even better. Imagine it now: a young Alex Newhook
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It would not be a stretch to say that the Ottawa Senators’ 2009 draft was a bust. A decade later, none of the nine players drafted are still with the franchise, and their first-round pick, which sat ninth overall, was one of the worst of the first round. While the team would find a number
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