Another year of the NHL season is starting soon. In October, you’ll be going back to school and hockey will be under way. So let’s talk about the Detroit and how they should do in the next season. Speaking of school, the Detroit Red Wings just suffered a huge hit from Pavel Datsyuk, as he announced today in Yekaterinburg, his home town, that he would not be able to play as the season started. The “Magic Man” is recovering from an ankle injury and the Wings with new coach Jeff Blashill don’t expect him back until after November. After all this, the Wings are a young team and as Pavel puts it needs to “step up” while he is gone. The Wings have signed many young players back and still have tons of potential. Lets look at a few of these important players I think will be able to help the Wings out this season.
Petr Mrazek: The Wings’ are in goalie trouble and I’m pretty confident Petr has what it takes already seeing his skills from last year. The sophomore will most likely take the starting job from Howard, unless Jimmy has significantly improved.
Gustav Nyquist: He’ll still only be 26 by the time the season starts. He had 54 points in 82 games played last season. He has grown and looks like a huge threat for next season. Earlier on, he signed a 4 year deal with the Wings.
Tomas Tatar: The lefty out of Slovakia looks to have tons of potential. Born on December 1, Tomas is only 24. In last year’s season, he had 29 goals and 27 assists for 56 points. He had a +6 with 7 game winning goals. Tomas, another young player, looks to improve his game.
Mike Green: The Wings made a huge steal after signing Brad Richards and Mike Green in this offseason. Mike Green is a good talented defenseman. He had 45 points and was a +15. Green didn’t have too many penalty minutes with 34 in 72 games played. Green should make Detroit a better defensive team.
Overall when you look at the Red Wings roster, you find a few bad spots but there are many good ones! The Wings look for 25 straight playoff appearances this year. Detroit also has many talented prospects such as Dylan Larkin, Xavier Quellet, Tom McCollum, Teemu Pulkkinen, and Tyler Bertuzzi. I predict the Wings will finish in the 4th-7th spot in the conference.
Thanks for reading- Evan VD
Good day Motor City fans! I decided to write an article on this because I’m super excited for Detroit’s new arena! Groundbreaking was held last year, but now that we’ve gotten a ways in, more people should be able to hear the news. The location will obviously be in the heart of Detroit. The operator is Olympia Entertainment. The capacity is 20,000 people. It will cost 450 million dollars to build the arena. The architect is HOK. (standing for Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum ) Now we all loved the Joe and the countless games played there, watching octopi being thrown onto the ice, and loving the atmosphere that the fans have for the game. I must say though it is time for something new and what they have designed is amazing. Features:
A glassed-roof concourse connecting everything around it including offices and stores.
A $650 million, 650,000 square foot area will create the evolution of sports and entertainment for downtown Detroit. It will be located near the Cass Corridor, Ford Field, and Comerica Park.
Buildings housing, outlets, the box office, and other offices of the Red Wings will be built outside the arena. The glass roof comes into play here. It will be a indoor street walkway connecting the arena from the offices and outlets. This “concourse” will be open year round. The arena is 8 stories and will be a shape of a bowl. Besides the rink, there will be a practice rink sized at 37,300 square feet. The arena’s top roof will feature a logo for Detroit or depending on the event being held. This may be a start for future rink ideas.
The arena looks great and hopefully you’ll be able to catch a game there. The arena is set for the 2016-2017 season but however does not have a name right now. It will host many other hockey events and college basketball. Thanks for reading! -Evan
The Red Wings star prospect, Teemu Pulkkinen, 23, looks to have a bright future. Playing on the 1st line for the Grand Rapids Griffins for most of the year, he looks to become a star on the Detroit Red Wings. The true Finnish sniper will most likely become a 3rd liner for the Wings. For the Grand Rapids Griffins, he played 46 games and had 34 goals, 27 assists, with 69 shots on goal. He had the most goals of any Griffin despite playing about a little over half the season. Teemu played a total of 31 games for Detroit and had 8 points. He is a dangerous scorer with a quick release snipe. His defensive game hasn’t quite gotten there and is spotty at times, but he looks to improve his game and become an elite player for Detroit.