Dec 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (93) reacts to a goal being disqualified do to the whistle be blown in the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Positive From the Red Wings' Injuries

How many more injuries does this team need before they wave a white flag and tell the rest of the league, “We surrender, we surrender?”

Apparently there’s room for a couple more.

With Justin Abdelkader now out and Johan Franzen potentially dealing with a concussion (or at least going through the testing phase of seeing what sort of problems may occur), the list of injuries just will not end. Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, Darren Helm

So what exactly is the silver lining in this whole debacle?

We get to see our future superstars try to make an impression.

It’s always a little heartbreaking when half of the Red Wings’ lineup is players from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Bittersweet, even. But to see them giving their all just to prove that one day in the future, they should be able to make the lineup and make a difference is always something to behold.

Tomas Jurco came up for the 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and will remain on the team until someone is ready to return from injury (at this point, it looks like Helm is next in line). From Mlive, Mike Babcock’s comments on Jurco’s performance:

“I thought Jurco was good, I liked him,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I think he’s just big, he’s fast, he’s got some skill set. I’d like him to be more dangerous taking the puck to the net, but I still thought he did lots of good things for Pav (Datsyuk) and Alfie (Daniel Alfredsson), getting pucks back. He looks like a fairly high-end player.”

With Franzen not playing in the game against the Anaheim Ducks, Riley Sheahan has been called up to replace him rather than Cory Emmerton. He has six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 22 games for the Griffins. Why Sheahan instead of Emmerton? Because management wants to see what Sheahan can do. A first round draft pick needs to be tested and played to see if they will work over time. Sheahan has played one game in each of the last two seasons for the Red Wings, but that’s not enough to show what he’s ready and willing to do.

We’ve dealt with these kinds of seasons before. And it always seems to happen to the players who have been consistent for us. Franzen, to many people’s dismay, was actually performing offensively. And on a consistent basis! He was fifth on the team in points. Now the questions are how long he will be out and whether it will have a serious effect on his gameplay.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had the pleasure of watching a Red Wings game in well over a week. Missing the last three games, I missed three losses, yes, but I also missed some serious injuries. Being this disconnected from everything kind of sucks.

It’s not the best time to be a Red Wings fan, watching the team struggle like this. But it’s also the time when the true fans hang on and see what’s on the other side of this injury hill.

If the team’s prospects can make an impact and cover for those injured players, it will be a relief. And it may even bode well for the future.

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