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Griffins grooming impact players for Wings

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08:24 AM ET 12.03 | Were this not a lockout season, Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist would likely be in Detroit. Having minor league options available, the Red Wings assigned the duo to the Grand Rapids Griffins once the work stoppage began. And the top prospects have been critical to the Griffins' early success. Nyquist has 19 points (eight goals) in 17 games (sixth in the American League), while Smith has 12 points (three goals). ... "Our focus at the beginning of the season was we wanted to make sure that when the season in the NHL resumed, they were ready to be impact players," said Griffins coach Jeff Blashill, a Red Wings assistant last season. "Not to make the team, but to be ready to be impact players."

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December 3, 2012  08:54 AM ET

What's this...actual hockey news?

December 3, 2012  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What's this...actual hockey news?

Don't you hate it when that happens?

December 3, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Don't you hate it when that happens?

It is difficult to assimilate after all this time.

December 3, 2012  09:24 AM ET

So third and 4th liners get no "grooming" ?

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December 3, 2012  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

And sadly, barely at that.

What NHL team isn't grooming impact players in the A right now because the lockout is preventing them from grooming them in the show?

Uuuummm.....uuuuummmm........To***to?

(you knew it was coming)

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December 3, 2012  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Only AHL team better than the parent club probably...

I know. But I saw the shot. There was no danger. So I took it.

December 3, 2012  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Only AHL team better than the parent club probably...

I was going to say don't the Marlies run a better ship than the Leafs?

Then I was beaten to it...

December 3, 2012  11:45 AM ET
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I was going to say don't the Marlies run a better ship than the Leafs?

Then I was beaten to it...

And by a Leaf fan. :-)

December 3, 2012  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So third and 4th liners get no "grooming" ?

no, they're barely allowed to shower

December 3, 2012  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

no, they're barely allowed to shower

many of them are not old enough to grow anything worth grooming

December 3, 2012  12:24 PM ET
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many of them are not old enough to grow anything worth grooming

How do you have to be? My older sister had a mustache at 12.

December 3, 2012  12:27 PM ET

Those AHL kids will be the only ready to play, the others will be all groin-pulls and such.

December 3, 2012  12:50 PM ET
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Those AHL kids will be the only ready to play,

And continue playing in the AHL...

December 3, 2012  12:51 PM ET
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How do you have to be? My older sister had a mustache at 12.

Just because you can grow one doesn't mean it is grooming worthy. Reference Sid's stache

December 3, 2012  01:28 PM ET
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no, they're barely allowed to shower

best spot do do ones "manscaping"

December 3, 2012  03:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

How do you have to be? My older sister had a mustache at 12.

I didn't know you were Italian

December 3, 2012  03:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I didn't know you were Italian

He is ;-)

 
December 3, 2012  03:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I didn't know you were Italian

His sister went on to star in Magnum PI.

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