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Wings Need More From Five Players

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

For the Wings to prove numerous analysts who are predicting another playoff-less season wrong, there will need to be some big individual seasons.

There are many Wings who fall into that category.

Here are five who are capable of rebound seasons in 2019-20:

Justin Abdelkader

After enduring his worst professional season, Abdelkader has nowhere to go but up.

Abdelkader only had 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 71 games, with a minus-14 rating. Whether statistically or from a physical standpoint, Abdelkader simply had little impact last season.

Now 32, and with younger forwards being moved into the lineup, it’s fair to wonder whether Abdelkader can rebound sufficiently.

But Abdelkader said last month he’s worked on his speed and quickness this summer, attempting to adjust to today’s ever-increasingly fast game. There appears determination on Abdelkader’s part to succeed in whatever role being presented him.

The Wings need Abdelkader to return to at least a 10- to 15-goal form.

read on, other names listed are Bernier, Green, Nielsen and Zadina...

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Alan's avatar

He stated the obvious about four of the five, at least. Zadina, though? The kid finished his first pro season. Give him some time to learn and grow. Not every player can be a Steve Yzerman, Henrik Zetterberg, or Dylan Larkin—and even those three had a lot to learn as they began play for the team here in Detroit.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/09/19 at 04:55 AM ET


Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/09/19 at 04:55 AM ET

I had the same exact reaction. He could have picked anyone on the team outside of Larkin, AA and Bert.
Makes no sense to lump Zadina in to this category

Posted by George0211 on 09/09/19 at 07:55 AM ET


Zarina was the second youngest player in the entire AHL league last year and was still better than .5 points a game after a rough start.  There will be a lot of writers eating crow who are jumping on this false narrative.

Posted by ThatGuy on 09/09/19 at 02:58 PM ET

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