Here’s a little ditty for all the pharmacists out there who fall back on the ridiculous “Yankees of the NHL” argument. You won’t see too many articles like this out of Denver or St. Louis, where admitting just how good the Wings are is illegal. Edmonton, though, where the hockey smarts are far above those found in most other cities? They get it.
Cult of Hockey
The Detroit Red Wings are renowned as not only one of the best teams in the league, but as one of the best around at drafting and developing. Their current team is rife with players that have come up through their system – fully 15 of their current group of 24 were drafted and developed by the Red Wings, with many of the rest castoffs or reclamation projects the team picked up cheaply along the way (Bertuzzi, Cleary, Conner, Eaves, Miller, Commodore and Conklin) long with a pair of mid-range free agents (Brad Stuart, Ian White).
Detroit’s model may not be one that the Oilers are looking to follow line-by-line, but the r...