The Rebuilding Red Wings

Red Wings

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One of the richest organizations in NHL history; the Detroit Red Wings have had a rough few years but look to see the brighter side of things with young talent and a familiar face in the General Manager role. Injecting young and new faces is a theme here in the offseason articles and the Red Wings have plenty of it in the pipeline to make the big club. 

Red Wings Prospect Pool

Forwards:

  • Robert Mastrosimone, Age 18, Drafted 54th Overall in 2019
  • Ethan Phillips, Age 18, Drafted 97th Overall in 2019
  • Joseph Veleno, Age 19, Drafted 30th Overall in 2018
  • Filip Zadina, Age 19, Drafted sixth Overall in 2018
  • Michael Rasmussen, Age 20, Drafted ninth Overall in 2017
  • Evgeny Svechnikov, Age 22, Drafted 19th Overall in 2015
  • Christoffer Ehn, Age 23, Drafted 106th Overall in 2014
  • Dominic Turgeon, Age 23, Drafted 63rd Overall in 2014
  • Taro Hirose, Age 23, acquired by Red Wings in 2019 

Defense:

  • Moritz Seider, Age 18, Drafted sixth Overall in 2019
  • Jared McIsaac, Age 19, Drafted 36th Overall in 2018
  • Dennis Cholowski, Age 21, Drafted 20th Overall in 2016
  • Filip Hronek, Age 21, Drafted 53rd Overall in 2016
  • Villi Saarijarvi, Age 22, Drafted 73rd Overall in 2015
  • Joe Hicketts, Age 23, acquired by Red Wings in 2014 

Goalies:

  • Carter Gylander, Age 18, Drafted 191st Overall in 2019
  • Filip Larsson, Age 20, Drafted 167th Overall in 2016

The Current Red Wings

Detroit has been in a rebuild phase ever since the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs where they were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games. Last season the Wings finished with a record of 32-40-10 and 74 points. Their defense wasn’t the best last year as they sat fifth-to-last in the entire NHL in goals against. This season, the Red Wings  will turn the page in their team’s chapter towards success by injecting young, fast legs into their lineup. Fans will most likely get a full season look at Filip Zadina, Michael Rasmussen, Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek and maybe Joe Veleno. These young talented players will give fans hope for the future as well as something to look forward to while watching games this year. 

The other side to the Red Wings is their new GM Steve Yzerman who needs to find steals in the draft, the right and good return on trades and signing players to comfortable contracts for the future. $4,570,457 million dollars of cap space is what the Red Wings are working with this upcoming year and some big contracts on the back end are off the books like, Mike Green, Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley and Jimmy Howard. If the Red Wings do either trade or let them walk in free agency, their combined contracts will free up almost $17 million dollars in cap space to sign Restricted Free Agents (RFA) like, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi, Evgeny Svechnikov and Madison Bowey. Yzerman is a very smart GM and will look to repeat what he did with the Lightning in terms of finding ways to win by keeping the core together in Mo-Town. 

Dylan Larkin and the Captaincy 

The best player currently on the Red Wings, with no questions about it, is Michigan born star, Dylan Larkin. Larkin made a significant impact into the NHL back in the 2015/16 season where he tallied up 23 goals, 22 assists and 45 points as a rookie. Now, Larkin has become a true leader and the Red Wings number one centre-men entering his fifth season. Larkin this past year spent time as an assistant captain for the Red Wings and  people around the organization, including Larkin, say that he’s ready to wear the “C”. He will be amongst the greats like Ted Lindsay, Gordie Howe, Nick Lidstrom and now GM Steve Yzerman; if he does indeed take the mantle as team Captain for the foreseeable future. 

Larkin and his play will continue to dominate opponents night in and out because of his deceptive shot, lightning quick speed and incredible work ethic. Larkin will be here in Detroit under contract for four more seasons guaranteed with a cap hit of 6.1 million dollars which is now growing into a steal for the Red Wings. In his NHL career, Larkin has played 318 games and has compiled 88 goals, 125 assists for 213 points on a rebuilding Red Wings team with not many skilled players like himself. Larkin will need to take that extra step either next year or the year after that, as a leader and their star player, in order to develop himself and his teammates for a winning Red Wings team as they used to be. The Red Wings are in good hands now and with some young talent including Larkin that is arising to become skilled everyday NHL’ers, the Detroit Red Wings can soon be back to winning form once again.

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