Due to Detroit's incredible success, it is not often that you see them selecting players in the top-20 in the draft. In fact, Jakub Kindl is the only player since Martin LaPointe (10th overall, 1991 NHL Entry Draft), to be selected in the top-20 as he was the 19th player off the board in '05.

Couple that with the NHL coming off a lost season, the Wings had high hopes that Kindl would develop into a top notch defenseman for the team. However, as we sit here today, wondering what has happened to the guy, the inevitable question comes to mind. Is Jakub Kindl done in Detroit?

First and foremost let me say this, I am a HUGE Jakub Kindl fan. It may be that I liked him for his underdog status or it may be that I just felt attached to the guy and have rolled with it ever since. You will probably not find another Wing fan with more support for the guy than I do. However, he has not lived up to his expectations. He hasn't developed in to a top-4 defenseman despite being 25 years old (turns 26 in two weeks) and playing full time with the Wings for the past two seasons.

Initially when he became a regular in 2009-10, he played pretty well as he split time with Ruslan Salei. That season Kindl ended up with 4 points in 48 games. Obviously, that is nothing spectacular offensively, but he played good on defense and there was no doubt hope among Wings fans that he would one day turn in to a top-4 type of guy.