Posts tagged “Jakub Kindl”

1/20 Injury Update

Correction (9:31 PM): Per Chuck Pleiness, Ericsson’s injury is from practice, not the game, and Gustavsson’s injury is more of a typical early-season thing for him. - Matt

Ansar Khan has info on injuries from last night that go beyond Jan Mursak’s shoulder: Jonathan Ericsson and Jonas Gustavsson both suffered injuries of their own.

Gustavsson has a sore groin and is out two games. Thomas McCollum has been recalled. I hope that’s simply as a goaltender bench ornament because probably falls short of his potential even in charting faceoffs. Here’s hoping Jimmy doesn’t pull his groin, too.

This kind of thing is bound to happen with the short camp and non-existent pre-season. Another thing to thank the Lockout for.

Meanwhile, Jonny stepped on a puck, fell into the boards and tweaked his shoulder. Can’t blame that on the Lockout; that’s just Jonny. He calls himself questionable for the game tomorrow.

On the plus side, Jakub Kindl declared himself ready to go if necessary, though how true that is of course does not depend on him. The Wings may just have Jonny suck it up.

Khan does have an update on the result of Jan Mursak’s trip into the boards courtesy of David “Hit-In-The” Backes: it could have him out for a few weeks.

That opens up a spot for Patrick Eaves, who hasn’t played since November 2011, which is great for Patrick, but not so much for fans hoping for a Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar recall.

… And Hello, Brendan Smith

Update (2:30 PM): Turns out it’s both Lidstrom and Quincey. But they’re both just day-to-day. - Matt

Updated (1:15 PM): Ansar Khan reports that both Kindl and Smith will play tomorrow, which means a defenseman is injured. He suggests Lidstrom. - Matt

Your new competition, Jakub. Could this be Smith’s last trip between Detroit and Grand Rapids?

Ericsson Out For A Month

As I said, we missed last night’s trap game, but in addition to the loss, the Wings are now short a defenseman. Jonathan Ericsson’s going to be out a month with a wrist injury, which means either Jakub Kindl has a chance to make something of himself or the Wings will go back to the trade feeding trough. Or Mike Commodore’s going to be paid to actually play.

I won’t say this is some great loss to the Wings’ blueline, but it’d technically be a downgrade to go from Jonny’s moderate overall improvement to Kindl’s obvious rookieness. But maybe Kindl babysat by Quincey will be better than he was with Jonny doing it. We’ll see.

On Kindl

Last night:

Update (1:14 PM): Followup this afternoon:

Lineup Updates Via Twitter

Upate (2:00 PM): Khan’s write-up on this stuff is here.

Interesting item therein: Nyquist is headed back to GR if one of Helm or Holmstrom is healthy Sunday. I guess Conner > Nyquist, which is disappointing as much as I like Conner. I want to see Nyquist a bit more. - Matt

Not due to anything Commodore did or didn’t do, but Babcock living up to his word. It’s Kindl’s chance to differentiate himself from Commie, which honestly shouldn’t be that hard given his supposed talent level.

So at least one more game, maybe two, of Nyquist in the Red-and-White.

Consider Kindl On Notice

With Jonathan Ericsson returning and Brian Rafalski as close as a week away, I think it’s fair to say Kindl’s on notice for the next three games. This is his opportunity to go head-to-head with Jonny and make a case for himself directly against his biggest competitor. It may be that he won’t be able to keep his spot in the lineup when Rafalski brings the D back to full strength, but maybe he can force a rotation.

It seems like he’s been slipping lately, so a strong week may keep him from having to watch games from the bike in the lockerroom for an extended period of time.

On Kindl’s Fight

In a rare bit of departure from the rest of his media colleague’s topical choices, Khan’s off-day piece is all about Jakub Kindl’s “battling” for a spot in the six playing defensemen. Interestingly, it’s framed as a season-long thing, with Khan claiming he’s a lock for the 7th spot heading in to the season.

That’s something I would have endorsed even two weeks ago, but now I’m not so sure. All off-season, I assumed Kindl was too green to even be in the NHL this year, that the Wings would have kept him in Grand Rapids another year if they’d had a choice. That last part may be true, but after seeing him in camp and through the pre-season thus far, I have to adjust my thinking on his relative greenness.

At this point, it seems to me that if you compare Jonathan Ericsson and Kindl head to head, Jakub’s pulling out front. Ericsson has quite frankly looked terrible so far this exhibition season and looked as bad in camp. Kindl, on the other hand, has surprised me with a real improvement in maturity and poise with the puck. One sequence that stands out in my mind was that power play I mentioned in my thoughts on the Saturday Chicago game. Kindl’s not better-than-third-pairing mature and poised yet, but I’m now assessing him as pretty close to third pairing-ready.

He’s starting out at a disadvantage given Ericsson’s current slotting in that 6th spot, not to mention Babcock’s interest in Jonny, but I think he’s got a chance of taking that job if he keeps this up over the course of the rest of the pre-season. Maybe he doesn’t get in the lineup on the 8th, but unless Ericsson doesn’t improve and unless Babcock’s stubbornness becomes pathological, he might not have to wait that long.

Kindl’s progress comes as something of a surprise to those of us who watched him in GR, but my wife pointed out that he did improve a lot over the time he was with the Griffins, so this is just an extension of that arc.

Here’s hoping that if he does crack the lineup, he has more staying power than Ericsson, who I can’t even defend any more. Taking time to bloom is one thing, Jonny. Not progressing toward the whole flowering part seemingly at all is another.