On October 9, 2019 I wrote my first official Wings entryand it was about Mantha.. Even just taking a glance, it’s a bit more than cringeworthy. Mantha had a good start and I was optimistic he could be a replacement for Franzen. Nope. Ironically, Mantha is still playing for Washington while Vrana (on a deal I didn’t like at first) looked like he was going to be a top line wing for Detroit is in Springfield (but has 15 points in 18 games). Still, after his incredible start, it looked like Detroit had robbed the Caps. Life happens.
In yesterday’s write up I asked for your thoughts on who will be next to jump from the prospect pool to the deep end. There’s some consensus on:
Berggren - many of you aren’t happy at all with his usage. I can only opine that it feels like something went sour but we’ll find out for sure as he’s due a new deal. If things are just simply back to “overripe” then there’s no reason not to bring him up.
Edvinsson - boy this kid can skate. It still shocks a bit that he grew 2 more inches after the draft. He’s got a good reach, and it looks like he’s stronger. The concern is making sure to give him a highly defensive linemate. (Personal opinion) but he should be there
Danielson - I’m actually putting him above what I’m seeing for Kasper, though the argument has been made for both. This young center was impressive last year, it would be a feather in the cap to see him jump the line.
Honorable - Mazur, Johansson, Kasper, Tuomisto. All 4 have eyes from the fan base and each brings something a little different. The summer should be one where a solid 6 to 10 prospects stay in/around the city and workout with the veterans. Larkin and Seider are both fantastic about taking young guys under their wing (even though Seider still seems pretty young, incredibly mature).
Thank you all for the opportunity to have done this. Many of you know I had to take a few months off due to some medical issues returning but I’m finding the balance as best I can. It’s a privilege to be part of Hockeybuzz and writing about the team that made me love hockey.
Since tomorrow is a game day, I am doing my “special announcement” today instead of on entry 1000. I cleared it with Eric and have permission. Some of you know that I’ve spent most of my life surrounded by music. It was my collegiate major (take accounting and jam on the weekends, much smarter route). And at around age 20 I started playing guitar. For the past 5 or so years I’ve been developing a model that went into production for Frank Stallone Guitars (.com) and I’m posting a couple videos. This was a passion project, and a blessing to be a part of. This is just a chance to share an exciting moment with friends (no we haven’t officially met, but there’s a lot of you) and the community here. Yes, Frank Stallone has a brother you may have heard of. Frank was the singer in the outdoor a capella group in Rocky I and II (with his real band), and has toured the world. I was blessed to be brought on board by GJ (CEO) and in the second video you can see Frank at Norm’s rare guitars playing the final prototype (there were about 7 and hacked up guitar bodies are laying in my shop).
I hope you enjoy it!