The Wings’ revamped power-play may have gone 0-for in their first two games but it’s received an attractive facelift with Daniel Alfredsson blasting away from the blueline.
We all know that a big right-handed shot has been an aspect missing from Detroit’s lineup for a number of years now. At times it seems as though the Wings have too many setup guys and not enough players willing to simply hammer the puck on net.
If Pavel Datsyuk could be guilty of one transgression it’s that once in a while he makes the pretty play instead of the right play. In last year’s playoffs we saw what can happen when Pavel decides to shoot the puck; he is one of a small number of players who can beat a goalie clean from the top of the dot with a wrister.
And, don’t even get me going on Johan Franzen. The way Mule shoots the puck he should be in 40-50 goal a season territory every year.
But, with Alfie on board times have changed in Motown. If we have learned anything about the 2013-2014 addition of the Detroit Red Wings so far it’s that number 11 in red likes to shoot.
His slapper is no joke either. For a relatively small player by NHL standards Daniel Alfredsson can heat it up with the best of them.
As far as accuracy and velocity are concerned I would put Alfie’s slapshot right up there with the likes of Brett Hull.
For a power-play that sputtered last season Daniel Alfredsson’s shoot first ask questions later mentality is just what Doctor Rahmani ordered. After watching Alfie this week it’s not hard to figure out why the guy has 426 goals in this league.
If the Wings are serious about improving their output on the man advantage then more players need to take a page out of Alfredsson’s handbook.
However, as much as it pains me to pay him a compliment, Mikael Samuelsson is a guy who already abides by this shoot first mantra.
So, maybe the Wings don’t need the Alfredsson handbook after all… they just need to simply ask themselves: WWMSD?
What Would Mikael Samuelsson Do?
I don’t know about you, but I’d buy a bracelet.