Holland "Last season, veterans including defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson, forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, and goalie Jimmy Howard all missed extended time with injuries. "The players replacing those [injured] players are not as good as those players," Holland said. "Those are NHL players."
Detroit was also 26th in scoring. ""We didn't score enough last year" Yet no AA contract but brings in 2 more 4 th line players at best.
I think this shows how weak Holland is in judging talent in todays NHL. Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson are not NHL players just like Cleary wasn't and Holland keeps them with solid ice time for years after. He thinks the list are NHL stars. Helm & Abdelkader are 4th line players but in Detroit they are given star ice time.
Coaching is in line with Holland game plans so most of the kids miss used and treated as a result most had a poorer year last year then the year before. The kids have to show growth and under this management/coaching they regressed last year. Holland plans to do the same thing yet he expects different results. A different GM and coach would have this team back to where it belongs in 2 years. Without changes expect wings to miss play-off for the next few years. Holland if still in power will not stand for this so if he gets an extention next year he will be trading most of the kids for veterans to sqeeze into a play=off position.