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Forward Looking

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings likely are done for this season since the NHL appears inclined to start with an expanded playoffs if play resumes following the coronavirus hiatus. So here is a projected look at next season’s forwards:

Who’s back

Tyler Bertuzzi: He has established himself with back-to-back 21-goal seasons and provides a blue-collar element to the top line.

Who won’t be back

Brendan Perlini: The 12th overall pick in 2014, acquired in a trade from Chicago, struggled from start to finish (one goal, four points in 39 games) and was a frequent scratch. It seems unlikely the club would re-sign the restricted free agent.

Who’s on the bubble

Justin Abdelkader: With three years remaining at a cap hit of $4.25 million, he can’t be traded and won’t be bought out. But if he doesn’t perform in training camp, he likely will be waived and sent to Grand Rapids.

Christoffer Ehn: Fourth-line checker and penalty killer provides flexibility with ability to play center or wing but he is not assured of a roster spot.

Sam Gagner: The Red Wings might look to re-sign this veteran for a year, but would he prefer a return to Western Canada if there is an opportunity?

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Hippy Dave's avatar

I didn’t realize Larkin’s entering his 6th season, it should be exciting to see him find that next gear players often do at that age if only we can keep Mantha healthy and keep Bert in the mix or find another talented winger to provide support.  I just hope we don’t burn the poor guy out beforehand.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/11/20 at 01:19 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Gagne said earlier this year he was thinking of going the Horcoff route after this year.  Will see, the virus mess might be the end for Gagner as a player.  Smart move IMO

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/11/20 at 01:43 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

If we score a 2 pick, that’s likely a forward, and that forward will start with the club next year.  As such…

I don’t see where Gagner fits, nor did I really like his game, it was kind of sloppy, small sample size, but sloppy none the less.

I don’t see where Erne fits either, aside from our bench. Given where this team is in the development curve, I’d much rather see Ehn and Svechnikov given the opportunity then Erne. Timashov too for that matter, and then when sustained time is available due to injury we can pull up a prospect.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/11/20 at 03:32 PM ET

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