The Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa weighs in on the Red Wings’ rebuilding process this evening, suggesting that the Wings should be more aggressive in giving younger players greater roles on the team. Krupa notes that the Wings do have some youth moving up the roster, but he feels that it’s not quite enough:
Five new guys, is a radical departure. But, the Wings did dispatch their promising 2018 first round pick, sixth overall, 18-year-old Filip Zadina, to Grand Rapids.
The roster has been in flux since Mike Babcock described it that way as early as 2012-13. Regardless, the players and coaches say the will strive for the playoffs.
The true purpose of the season, however, is plainly development.
The approach should be: If the development is good enough, the playoffs may come. But given the status of the roster, do not expect them.
If that is how the season trends, the Red Wings should provide more playing time for prospects and consider any diminished performance advantageous for the lottery.
Krupa continues, and I have two points of polite disagreement with his take:
- Contractually, it’s really damn hard for Wings GM Ken Holland to dissolve the bonds he’s made with older players…
- And it serves no purpose to teach “the kids” that losing-through-learning is an acceptable means of playing a professional sport, so…
- I’m expecting the Wings to lose a lot of close games again this year because their talent level is iffy, but I do hope that they are competitive and play with pride and attention to detail, even if finishing in the draft lottery is once again the “better” option.