The writers here at the FanSided Sports Network are now on day eleven of our NHL season preview. I’d like you to skate over to each of our sites daily and see what our talented hockey writers have to say about their teams’ upcoming season. Remember, we’re all fans and we have high expectations for our team, and previews are what they are…..previews. It will be interesting to see what the gang here has to say about their respective clubs. Will the Washington Capitals finally challenge for the Cup, what will happen to the Boston Bruins as they try to defend their championship, and can the Vancouver Canucks survive the “heartbreak” of losing in the Finals without tearing up their city….again.
Today Monica McAlister our lead writer for our Detroit Red Wings site Octopus Thrower starts out by asking the question that we all are: “Is it October Yet”? Those of you who read the Rat Trick know that I don’t like the Red Wings. I do respect their organEYEzation and kinda sorta link the coach Mike Babcock, but that’s about as far as it goes. I’ve witnessed numerous battles at the hands of the Wings, and the “dislike” runs deep.
I’m refraining from picking on them today, as I know how difficult the preview was for Monica to write today. Monica knows the game, she’s passionate about it and it shows in her writing:
New faces on defense are Mike Commodore and Ian White. Commodore had a falling out with the Columbus Blue Jackets and ended up being bought out of his contract. Which works out great for Detroit because now he is on our blueline rather than going against him. I’ll be honest. I remember hating the guy in the 2009 Playoffs. Though I think him ending up on the Wings bench in that series may have just been some foreshadowing for where he was bound to end up. Ian White comes via the San Jose Sharks after they couldn’t get him locked up before he hit the UFA market. One of the top sought after Free Agents this summer the Red Wings snagged him for the next two years.
While the Florida Panthers have missed the post season 11 years running, the Red Wings set the standard and have qualified for them every year since 1990. They specialize in drafting players in the middle to lower rounds that somehow seem to turn into pretty solid NHL players. They also were the team to develop the style of offence now referred to as “puck possession” which many teams attempt to emulate.
You can read Monica’s entire preview here.
Tomorrow we travel to the beautiful province of Alberta, as FanSided continues it’s 30 in 30 preview with the Edmonton Oilers.
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