There are many things to like Detroit Red Wings as a whole. General manager Steve Yzerman has brilliantly created a bright future for the team while also acquiring older players who may not be regarded as important in other teams.One of the players, they The acquisition is young Washington Capitals forward Jakub VranaThey traded Anthony Manta, the third biggest player on the top line, in exchange for him, Richard Panick and two draft picks. His bravery is the reason why many newcomers pay attention to the game. However, due to injuries to other teammates and possible teammates, we did not see everything at its best. This is a new season, a new start, which means a completely healthy lineup. If the first line is one of the best lines in the league, then I won’t be shocked at all.
Varana demonstrates his abilities
After coming to the Red Wing, Varana did not disappoint. He is averaging points per game, but his 8 goals in 11 games are the most convincing. He is on the absolute heater. If he feels that he is underestimated by his old club and needs to prove something to everyone, including himself, then it is not surprising.
Vrana’s game is really unique. The 25-year-old winger brings a lot of speed and toughness, but he perfectly combines it with outstanding skill and scoring ability. He is not particularly big, 6 feet tall and 196 pounds, but he does manage to effectively use his body to bypass defenders. In 284 games with the Capitals, he scored a total of 157 points and 76 goals. In addition to the box score numbers, his analysis is also great.From the beginning of the 2017-20 season, he ranked fourth in the number of goals scored above the substitute (GAR) and second in the number of expected goals (xGAR) above the substitute Alex Ovechkin Every Evolution hockey.
He provided a lot on and off the score sheet, and the Red Wings got a player they needed to help score. Ezeman obviously has a vision, that is, to bring in fast and skilled forwards, paired with strong point guards who are not afraid of playing physically. He realized this vision through the acquisition of Vrana. He has not been used correctly, and taking advantage of this is exactly what needs to happen to rebuild the team to gradually return to the playoffs.
Dylan Larkin is a stable existence
It feels like Dylan Larkin appeared on a big stage for the first time at the 2016 All-Star Game in Nashville yesterday.Rear Destroy everyone and break NHL records in the fastest skating competition, He put the reconstructed Red Wing back on the map. Now, nearly five seasons later, he is the newest captain of many legendary players, with numerous honors and titles.
In addition to speed, Larkin’s game has a lot to love. He is an excellent reader, and when he is on the ice, he is clearly a step or two ahead of his opponent. His expectations are on another level, and sometimes his performances are otherworldly. His cue is also very cunning, can find open positions and distribute the puck easily. By watching some of his highlights, you really don’t think speed is one of his best assets. He obviously uses it as a reserve team, but uses his great hockey mind to play to his advantage.
His mind in a narrow area and his ability to feed the ball through open spaces will be the key to opening the game. Larkin can use his speed with Vrana to create sprint opportunities and improve the team’s transition period. Every great line has a center who can read the game well, and considering his connection with the next player I’m going to talk about, there is already a solid bottom line. His performance in the 2020-21 season is quite below average, scoring 23 points in 44 games, but judging from his past season, this is obviously an outlier. There is more in the tank.
Tyler Bertuzzi is a reliable pest
Tyler Bertuzzi’s poor performance in the 2020-21 season, he has not even played on ice for more than 10 games. However, in the competitions he participated in, he performed well. He scored 7 points, including 5 goals, and ranked sixth on the team in the expected goal percentage (xGF%), even though it was less than 50% and the sample size was small.
Bertuzzi is known for being a bit annoying on ice. He likes to go to the net and harass the goalkeeper and opposing defender. He is not the fastest skater, and there is no truly outstanding part of his game. However, he is not a burden, which is perfect for the top line. There is always someone you can rely on to bring in the heat, and he is that person. His constant entanglement with opponents is a perfect combination with his skill and ability to hunt loose balls in front of the net and corner kicks.It is difficult to find a player like him outside of such a player Matthew Tkachuk Calgary Flames.
As I mentioned in the previous section, after keeping in touch with Larkin and Mantha, he has established a chemical reaction with Larkin. The number of goals they have scored in the past few seasons is truly remarkable. You will rarely find a perfect fusion of the playing styles of two players. It cannot be overemphasized that these two people are already in Detroit and relieve Vrana’s performance pressure. When all other methods fail, send Bertuzzi into the net and then shoot the ball. Anything can happen.
A wonderful game
All three players bring different elements to a line. One is a tough player who is not afraid to go to the net and drive people out of the game. The other two bring speed and offensive ability. Especially Vrana, it is an excellent two-way presence, with incredible speed and the ability to smash slow defenders when sprinting. You can look at any outstanding top line in the NHL and find all these elements.
This Colorado AvalancheFor example, there are Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog is a great two-way existence, with some courage and advantages. Rantanen and MacKinnon are both excellent offensively and can use their speed to use time and space. Of course, the players I’m talking about are not the same in talent, but the different aspects of the game are the same.
Many of the problems with the two existing Red Wings players last season were related to injuries. Bertuzzi barely played, and Larkin’s injury at the end of the season did not help in an already mediocre year. Adding a new, slightly younger presence to help speed and two-way skills will always improve the capacity of the production line. The original route with Mantha is great, so I think this route with Vrana will be better.
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