Grading The Wings

It's the time of year where General Managers that are not in the playoffs assess their team's talent and see what needs to be done. Writers can do that too! The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition team of Kyle Busch, Rachel Bellono, Eric Huffman, A.K Bennett, Robert D'Aurelio, Brad Butland and Justin Doddie gave every player on the Red Wings a grade and what they thought of their seasons (Look for Paul Kendall's assessment of the Red Wings farm affiliates and prospects coming soon).

FORWARDS
 
Henrik Zetterberg - Consensus: B+
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
B+ A B+ B+ B+ A- A
Robert says: Hank had an average season by his standards and played a huge role during the 23 game home win streak
 
Pavel Datsyuk - Consensus: A-
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
A- A B+ A- A B+ A-

Brad says: Right behind Z, led team in assists but knee surgery came at wrong time

Johan Franzen - Consensus: B

KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
B- B- B+ B B B- B-
A.K says: Was great in the first half of the season but his production faltered in the 2nd half and he failed to meet the 35-30 mark I think he's capable of
 
Todd Bertuzzi - Consensus: B
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
B- B B B B+ B B
Rachel says: Plus/minus has raised from a -7 to a whopping +23 from last year to this year, also money in the shootout
 
Valtteri Filppula - Consensus: A-
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
A A+ A A- B+ B B-
Eric says: Fil rarely missed a beat while the Wings enjoyed great success this season. Not to mention, his two-way game has improved.
 
Jiri Hudler - Consensus: B+
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B+ A- A- B+ B+ B- B+
Brad says: Got back into form a bit this year, one of few to be effective in playoffs
 
Tomas Holmstrom - Consensus: C+
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
C C+ B- B- C C+ D-
Robert says: Dissapointing season for Homer to say the least. His duties were relegated to the 4th line and powerplay
 
Drew Miller - Consensus: B
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
B- B B A B- A- C+

Justin says: Had a breakout season, showed good future

Justin Abdelkader - Consensus: B-

KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
C- B+ B- B- C B- B
Rachel says: Abdelkader hits more of his opponents than any other player on the team and definitely is not afraid of a little brawl
 
Darren Helm - Consensus: B
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
C+ B C+ B+ B+ B A-
Eric says: Talented and speedy, a player like Helm should be seeing more production in a season. But alas, injury did him no favors this season
 
Patrick Eaves - Consensus: Inc
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
C+ Inc Inc Inc D C- Inc
Robert says: A disappointing season and it wasn't even his fault. Detroit's bottom six sure could have used his speed and abrasiveness against Nashville
 
Gustav Nyquist - Consensus: B+
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
A- A- B- B C+ A- B+
Kyle says: Goose is an up and coming star, he showed it with top line minutes
 
Jan Mursak - Consensus: C-
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
D+ D C- C- C D C+
Rachel says: in the 25 games he played, he only had a total of 3 points and a +2 rating
 
Cory Emmerton - Consensus: C
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D+ C- C C C B- B-
Kyle says: 2nd rounder from 2006 is in bust territory.Borderline fourth liners aren't drafted that high
 
Dan Cleary - Consensus: B-
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
C- B- C B B C- C+
Justin says: Not his fault, but if you're hurt, don't play. Didn't look bad in the playoffs.
 
DEFENCEMEN
 
Nicklas Lidstrom - Consensus: A-
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
B A+ B A- B+ B A
A.K says: His lowest offensive production since 2003-2004 was partially due to the longest injury of his career. His defense was stellar as usual, however he no longer kills penalties
 
Ian White - Consensus: B+
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
C+ A B A- B B+ B-
Eric says: Not a scoring defenseman, but White certainly was able to contribute to the Wings with his assists
 
Niklas Kronwall - Consensus: B+
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
B+ B- B B+ A B+ A-
Kyle says: Kronwall still plays a big hitter role, but is a great puck mover as well
 
Brad Stuart - Consensus: B-
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
C- B B A- B- B- C
Robert says: It seems Stuart checked his bags to California early, he finished up an average regular season with a horrendous playoffs
 
Jonathan Ericsson - Consensus: C
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C F C- B B C+ C+
A.K says: The whipping boy for many Wings fans provided a solid stay at home presence, was vital to the penalty kill but barely provided any offense
 
Kyle Quincey - Consensus: C
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C C+ C- C D+ C- C+
Eric says: Quincey seemed like a promising addition the team, but his decision making is very questionable
 
Jakub Kindl - Consensus: C+
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
C+ C C+ C C- B- B
Justin says: Had more than a few defensive mishaps, but wasn't terrible
 
Brendan Smith - Consensus: B+
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
A- A+ B B+ B- B B+
Kyle says: Smitty should have been in the lineup already as a second pair man; next year you can count on it
 
Doug Janik - Consensus: B-
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
B- B- C- B B- C C-
Robert says: Dependable when recalled from Grand Rapids. May move a spot up the depth chart next year depending on what happens in free agency
 
GOALIES
 
Jimmy Howard - Consensus: A-
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
A B+ A- A- A A- A-
Brad says: Did his job and did it well.  95% of games lost were never on Jimmah
 
Ty Conklin - Consensus: D
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
F F C C- F C- C+
Robert says: He shouldn't see a second of ice time, ever again
 
Joey MacDonald - Consensus: B+
KB RB EH AB RD JD BB
A- A B B B+ B+ B+
Eric says: Who knew Joey Mac would hold the team down while Howard was gone?
 
TEAM PLAY
 
Powerplay - Consensus: C-
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C- C B D+ B- D D-
Robert says: With that much skill on the ice, it's definitely disappointing not seeing a Wings PP not in the top 10
 
Penalty Kill - Consensus: C+
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C+ B- C+ C+ B C+ B-

Justin says:  Had an average season, but injuries to Lidstrom, Ericsson didn't help

Do you agree with our consensus picks? Let us know if you agree or disagree with some of our season grades!

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Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

It's interesting to see how different some of our views are!