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A Look At Detroit’s Forwards

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

They are the hope, the beacon of light as the Red Wings dwell in this current rebuild.

Young forwards Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha are the foundation the Wings are building around.

All four had career-best offensive seasons, and gradually began taking over leadership of the team.

If the Wings are headed anywhere this season, or in the near future, this is the core that will likely take them there.

“Can they carry a hockey team to wins? That’s a big question they’ll answer on a nightly basis next year,” coach Jeff Blashill said late last season. “It’s a heck of a responsibility. I don’t think there’s very many young players in the league that are able to carry their team.

“We’re going to ask that group of four up front to be a huge piece to carrying this team.

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From the same article:

Recent draft picks and free-agent signings such as Filip Zadina, Michael Rasmussen, Evgeny Svechnikov, Taro Hirose and Joe Veleno give the Wings a deep pool of young talent.

At least two, maybe three, of those prospects are expected to begin the year with the Wings this season.

I’m probably in the minority, but oy.  Here’s hoping the addition of Erne will waken up the aging vets in the third and fourth lines.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/14/19 at 03:05 PM ET

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Posted by SYF from Jackie Redmond’s blue eyes on 08/14/19 at 04:05 PM ET

Honestly, I don’t see the bottom six “waking up”. Sure, they’ll have a shot to prove it, and I hope some of them do prove they still belong in the league, but I just don’t see it happening.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/14/19 at 05:58 PM ET

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