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Detroit’s Roster For Next Season

Craig Custance of The Athletic takes a look at Detroit's roster for next season.

He discusses a log jam of forwards, the goaltenders and the defense...

Vying for spots: Dennis Cholowski, Joe Hicketts, Libor Sulak

Unrestricted free agents: None

Notes: There’s no way to sugarcoat it. This isn’t a good defense. Up front, you can see the progress of the rebuild. There is high-end, young talent, ready to contribute. The D is just hanging on and the real help probably isn’t arriving for another year, at the earliest, unless a trade speeds the process.

Right now, as constructed, the Red Wings have three third pairs. If the losses pile up, that’s going to be the culprit. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; one more down year is probably in the best long-term interests of the franchise, and the defense is going to look significantly different when the Red Wings emerge from the rebuild. Only Danny DeKeyser is signed beyond next season among those projected in the top six.

In the short term, the Red Wings have to find time for Filip Hronek, who had a breakout season in the AHL and has earned the opportunity to develop in the NHL. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to have him sitting in the press box for games. It was just development camp, so you don’t want to overreact, but Cholowski looked good there.

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers fan mail.

Qne question is trade Helm or Nyquist,

HSJ: Once restricted free agents Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha are re-signed, that will put the Wings at 12 NHL forwards towards next season. From what I hear within the organization, Michael Rasmussen would have to play himself out of a spot in training camp – that’s how high the confidence is the 6-foot-6 forward is ready to grab a spot. Hard to think he wouldn’t be a help on the power play. There’s hope Filip Zadina can, too, but it’s a big advantage for the Wings that the NHL has sided with them and determined Zadina was on loan to Halifax, making him a European-status player and AHL eligible. If Zadina looks like he can make the Wings better out of camp, the onus will be on them to find a spot, but if he doesn’t, it’s easy to start him in Grand Rapids. (Rasmussen, on the other hand, will either play in Detroit, or have to go back to juniors).

Gustav Nyquist has a no-trade clause, but hopefully he’ll be willing to waive it near the trade deadline if the Wings get a good offer from a contender.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/11/18 at 12:28 PM ET

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Qne question is trade Helm or Nyquist

Both. Obviously.

Posted by godblender on 07/11/18 at 01:17 PM ET

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Qne question is trade Helm or Nyquist

Both. Obviously.

Posted by godblender on 07/11/18 at 01:17 PM ET

That would be reason to celebrate.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/11/18 at 01:32 PM ET

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That would be reason to celebrate.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/11/18 at 01:32 PM ET

I would throw a parade.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 07/11/18 at 02:33 PM ET

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I always felt that Nyquist would be a perfect fit along size Getzlaf in Anahiem, or Kesler for that matter.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 07/11/18 at 03:35 PM ET

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Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 07/11/18 at 03:35 PM ET

I think they would be stupid at this point to waste draft assets on acquiring him though. There’s no way they win a cup with that roster. They should be starting to think about life after their current core of players.

I think Nashville could be a good fit. They were seriously offensively outmatched by Winnipeg in the conference semis. Adding a fast, skilled winger to their top6 would be great, and after that moronic trade they made for Ryan Hartman with Chicago, I’m confident we should be able to get a first and second out of them for an actually good player.

Granted, I would be ecstatic to watch Anaheim trade for Nyquist and crater their season so we can have two good firsts like the Islanders did this draft.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 07/11/18 at 03:58 PM ET

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Who considers Nyquist a top six forward?

I personally would not, but he could fill time in that role. He can play on the PP but won’t drive production. He can score but his shooting percentage isn’t great. He’s responsible defensively but not tough to play against. He has some playoff experience but only 8 points in 35 games.

Fun fact is he received 13 hart trophy votes after 48 points in 57 games during 2014. I think he would make a good rental player on someone’s third line if they have an injured forward and are looking to contend. I suspect his performance could improve this year because if it stays the same I’d assume a paycut when he gets to FA at season’s end.

Posted by mtta on 07/11/18 at 08:28 PM ET

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Who considers Nyquist a top six forward?

I personally would not, but he could fill time in that role. He can play on the PP but won’t drive production. He can score but his shooting percentage isn’t great. He’s responsible defensively but not tough to play against. He has some playoff experience but only 8 points in 35 games.

Fun fact is he received 13 hart trophy votes after 48 points in 57 games during 2014. I think he would make a good rental player on someone’s third line if they have an injured forward and are looking to contend. I suspect his performance could improve this year because if it stays the same I’d assume a paycut when he gets to FA at season’s end.

Posted by mtta on 07/11/18 at 08:28 PM ET

He’s a good complimentary top-6 forward. Your top-6 on basically any team isn’t going to be completely full of big-time impact players. Guys like Nyquist can compliment a line that is good with possession and D but has trouble finishing in the top-6.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 07/12/18 at 11:40 AM ET

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Who considers Nyquist a top six forward?

Posted by mtta on 07/11/18 at 08:28 PM ET

Among RW last year he was T-24th in goals, T-33rd in points & 23rd in ATOI

That’s looks like a weak top-line winger to me.

Posted by EthrDemon on 07/12/18 at 01:40 PM ET

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That’s looks like a weak top-line winger to me.

Sounds like that makes him a top-six winger.

I’m curious about how anyone can justify NOT thinking he’s a top-six forward.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/12/18 at 02:05 PM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/12/18 at 02:05 PM ET

That’s absolutely what I meant, if I was being unclear.  “Weak top-line winger” = borderline 1st/2nd line

Posted by EthrDemon on 07/13/18 at 01:04 AM ET

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