The Detroit Red Wings avoided another terrible year because of one man: Jonathan Bernier. Sure, he was hurt at points. Yes, Thomas Greiss really put it together in April and created a hell of a goalie tandem for Detroit.
The nature of an NHL season is trial and error. With fresh faces coming in and the knowledge of what did and didn’t work the season prior, players and coaches are often stuck in a pattern of trying out different things until something sticks.
Cleveland Monsters 1 at GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 4 [From the Griffins] GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Riley Barber’s 20th goal of this shortened 32-game season, scored with 5:37 remaining on Saturday, broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Monsters in their 2020-21 finale at Van Andel Arena.
The 2016 1st round pick played just 16 games this season. Is this the end of the road for him in Detroit? Hindsight can hurt. During the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Ken Holland traded back on the Red Wings’ first-round pick, moving Pavel Datsyuk’s contract while securing an additional second-round pick in the process.
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.
One of the most exciting moments for fans this season was the blockbuster trade with the Capitals, where Detroit not only acquired more draft capital, they also secured 25-year-old forward, Jakub Vrana.
Welcome to Red Wings Wednesday Weekly! In this weekly column, we will take a look at the Red Wings’ most-recent week of play, identify any players and/or trends that stood out, and then look ahead and find out what the next week may have in store for the team from Hockeytown.
As a whole, the Detroit Red Wings improved this season. But what about the individual players? Prior to the 2020-21 campaign, I outlined benchmarks for Detroit’s young core – goals that exemplified developmental progress.
GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 2 at Cleveland Monsters 0 [From the Griffins] CLEVELAND – Kaden Fulcher earned his first AHL shutout behind 22 saves and Joe Veleno and Riley Barber scored first-period power play goals to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Monsters on Tuesday at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Two months ago, I wrote about how the Detroit Red Wings should go after Jack Eichel only if the price if right. I also conceded that any deal Steve Yzerman made involving him would give up considerable assets and not be as helpful to the rebuild.