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Quarter Pole Grades – Part 1

It’s that time of year again!  We are about oh, 29.26% of the way done with the season.  You know what that means?  29.26% NOHS player grades!

But first I want to start with this team.  I give the team grade so far an straight A. Yes, they’ve had troubles, but they didn’t just accept that that was part of their team.  They stepped back, looked at what was wrong, and FIXED it.  That, my friends, is the sign of a great team and this team has shown all signs so far of being great.

They no longer are a two man show.  Now, Detroit’s a 4 man show up front.  Can you stop Datysuk?  Well you now have to worry not only about Zetterberg, but Franzen and Filppula too.   Detroit is Dangerous.  So very dangerous. 

Now hit the jump for the individual player grades:

But ok, enough with that, on with our rankings.  For these, we polled each of the daily authors here at NOHS for their ranking.  Here we go.  (Stats were before yesterday’s game.)

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

Brad Stuart

23

3

1

4

4

2

B+

B

B

B

B+

I’ve been nothing short of impressed by Stuart.  He’s of course not an offensive force, but he’s not paid to be.  I’ve seen him block more almost for sure goals (both on the goal line and just normal blocks) than any Wing in years.  He’s a force out there.  No reason he can’t continue this over the season and I hope he decides to continue his career in Detroit following this season.

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

Cory Emmerton

18

1

1

2

4

6

C-

C

B-

C+

C-

Emmerton is interesting.  I was impressed at the beginning of the year and wasn’t expecting to be.  But as the year progressed, I’ve become more and more bored with Emmerton.  He just hasn’t brought much to the table.  Only two points.  He’s fairly responsible defensively, but not overly so.  He just seems so very replaceable.   In his first game, I was more impressed with Conner than Emmerton.    Twig, though, apparently disagrees with me.

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

Danny Cleary

23

4

3

7

-2

6

D+

C-

C

D+

D

Oh Cleary, I’ve written a lot about you.  I fully expect you to turn it around now that Detroit has you playing on a line where you can succeed.  I expect twenty out of Dan though before the year’s done.   Twig again is being nice.

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

Darren Helm

23

3

2

5

2

2

B

C+

B

B

B-

On to the namesake.  Surprising, then that Drew has his boy at the worst grade of us all.  I certainly think that his lack of offensive output is the reasoning behind that grade.  But I can’t give him worse than a B.  His effort is simply phenomenal night in and night out.  Defensively, there is no one better.   Just impressive, we have a future Kris Draper here, without question, and maybe even more.  He’s got moves, he just needs to figure out what to do with them.

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

Drew Miller

21

2

4

6

7

6

B+

B

B

B

B+

I’ve never been a Miller defender, until recently.  He’s played well, can occasionally score, and as of the game yesterday, has put up more points than our favorite ex-Red Wings, Lieno, for like 5 million dollars less.   That is enough to me for Miller to keep his spot in the lineup.   I’d like to see a little more from him, but I think we are seeing all we can get from Miller, which, honestly, is fine.

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

F. Brunnstrom

5

0

1

1

-2

4

C-

D

C

C

D

Brunnstrom is putting some miles on his car, there’s no question.  I wouldn’t say that he hasn’t had a chance to prove himself yet, I think he has.  But at the same time, I don’t think anyone should be writing him off yet.  I love his attitude, you haven’t heard one complaint yet.  And I’d love to see him get a chance in the top six.  But he needs to start taking advantage of his shots a little more.  I noticed Conner in his first game, more than I did Brunner in his first five.

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

H.Zetterberg

23

5

8

13

2

2

C-

C-

C

C+

C

Z is struggling, no question.   He’s struggled all year long, but is finally starting to put up some points.  Is he hurt?  Is it just a mind f’#k? Maybe.  Or maybe it’s just unlucky.   I think it’s probably a little of all three.  He’ll get going.  Someday.  Hopefully.

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

Ian White

19

4

7

11

13

8

A-

A

B+

A-

A

I wasn’t sure what to think about White at first.  He was scoring goals like crazy, but seemed to be a little bit of Mike Green – all over the place.  He’s calmed down since then, figured out what it is to play Red Wings hockey, and has been phenomenal since then.  Great pick up and think he can only get better.  In Kenny we trust, because of moves like this.

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

Jakub Kindl

21

0

5

5

4

11

B+

B+

A

A-

B+

Kindl’s been a great surprise.  He’s shown 100% improvement since last season.   He plays smart, strong, and is impressive with his apparently wisdom (clearly all gleaned from just being around the Perfect Human.)  The only reason I didn’t give him an A is because he’s still learning how to score in the NHL, but I think that will come.  I’m not sure what his potential really is any more, he might have stardom in his future.

GP

G

A

Pts

+/-

PIM

Chris

Drew

Twig

Jordan

Josh

Jiri Hudler

22

2

10

12

5

18

B

B+

C+

B-

B+

And let’s end this first part with Hudler.  I’ve been happy with Happy so far.   I still want more shoot from him and would like to see a little more from him on the back end on the 2nd PP unit, but at the same time, this is a 100% improvement from last season.   He’s had some great passes, but man, he’s passed when he should have shot many many many times.

Twig will be bringing you the second half of the roster soon.  So what are your thoughts on our grades?  What are your grades?

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