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New Guys “Fitting In Perfectly”

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Forwards Bobby Ryan and Vladislav Namestnikov, defensemen Troy Stecher and Jon Merrill, and goaltender Thomas Greiss weren’t high profile — Ryan was the biggest name, but some felt he was way past his elite days — and some analysts weren’t sure how much they’d help.

So far, through one week and four games of the regular season, the new Red Wings have been impactful — both on and off the ice.

“Everyone is buying into the system and doing it the right way,” forward Tyler Bertuzzi said. “They’re all great guys and they’re fitting in perfectly."

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Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

The sweet part of this is a first round pick for Ryan if the Red Wings don’t make the playoffs. Its still early and I am counting on health and a continued excellent play but its lookin good.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 01/22/21 at 05:17 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

So far, I’m not impressed with Namestnikov. On the other hand, Ryan, Merrill, and Greiss have all played very well. Even Stecher started to look better in the last game.

Over all, I think Yzerman did a fantastic job adding players who are the right fit. None of them were overpaid or given no-movement clauses. And they allow a number of the “kids” to play meaningful minutes in Europe. Some, like Ryan, may also bring valuable draft picks and/or prospects at the trade deadline (either this year or next).

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/22/21 at 06:38 PM ET

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