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Projecting The Wings In 2020

Craig Custance of The Athletic with a projected Wings lineup for the 2020-21 season.

We dive in to examine what the roster might look like at the start of training camp in 2020, with a couple caveats. One, the Red Wings are transitioning to a younger roster while letting money come off the books and in doing so hoping that enough young talent will be collected and money freed up to lure a big-name free agent down the road. And maybe that’s possible – there are some good ones with expiring contracts in John Tavares, Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Landing any one of them would be a game-changer for the Red Wings but in projecting this lineup, we’re not including any of them, mostly because players of that caliber tend to stay on their current teams.

Here's the defense- Danny DeKeyser, Filip Hronek, Vili Saarijarvi, Joe Hicketts, Dennis Cholowski and Gustav Lindstrom.

The rest of rhe roster (paid subscription) with a blurb on all the players.

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ilovehomers's avatar

No Mrazek, Howie, or Nyq.

Mostly all of our top prospects then a couple guys who have contracts through this time (helm, glen, abby, ddk).

Who are the captains? Is Kenny still GM? Blash still coach?

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/13/17 at 07:00 PM ET

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The liklihood of Hronek, Cholowski, Sari, Hicketts, and Lindstrom all making the NHL is about zero. Sorry. It’s not like these are 5 can’t miss prospects. Several of them are midgets. If 3 of these 5 make it we should consider ourselves lucky.

Remember, if this article had been written say in 2011…we would have said our defense in 2017 would look as follows:

Smith-Sproul
Kronwall-Kindl
Ouellet-Almquist

How did that work out?

Posted by fatsavage on 09/13/17 at 07:05 PM ET

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A lot can happen in 3 years, so he is making some long shot projections. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 09/13/17 at 07:27 PM ET

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Right bigfrog - and this does not include any free agents. That’s a caveat in the beginning, but I think its better to project, in 3 years, where each player will be - nhl, ahl, off the team - instead of this format.

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/13/17 at 07:40 PM ET

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Yeah, Hicketts and Lindstrom aren’t making the team. Maybe ever.

But i was drawn to the footnote:

* According to Dom Luszczyszyn, the Red Wings are projected to post 81 points this season, which would put them at No. 29 overall, giving them a shot at the third pick and Veleno. Again, not the worst thing to ever happen to Detroit if it happens.

That asterisk accompanies our 2018 1st pick:  Veleno

Veleno looks like a guy for a big need, but the Wings are one injury from being a near lock for the first overall pick, which would be Dahlin.

Posted by MoreShoot on 09/13/17 at 08:13 PM ET

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my projection is the Wings will fold because Detroit will go bankrupt again (because of the Winig’s poor performance though). AA will lead the K in scoring break away goals for the third season and still hate his coach. Nyquist will sign a 15 year deal that will infuriate everyone. Sheahan will still be on the team and have only scored 3 goals but lead the league in PP time. XO will have quit the NHL because Blashill is still his coach. Jimmy Howard will have been traded but resigned for exactly the same contract he has now. Mrazek retires early to open a resort on the Black Sea so he can ogle topless chicks all day.

Rassmussen will reveal that he isn’t really Canadian but Finish and become a Salmon Fisherman. Cholo will make the team as a back up goalie. Hronek will be the high spot for Detroit because he will win the 2019 Bachelor contest. Svech will be playing with his brother in Vancouver because that’s the Couv’s MO: brothers.

Detroit will have had the #1 in 2018, pick Dahlin but he goes all Len Bias and dies of a fluke heart defect.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 09/13/17 at 08:36 PM ET

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That asterisk accompanies our 2018 1st pick:  Veleno

Veleno looks like a guy for a big need, but the Wings are one injury from being a near lock for the first overall pick, which would be Dahlin.

Posted by MoreShoot on 09/13/17 at 09:13 PM ET

Dahlin and Svech are likely going 1-2. Order to be determined. But I don’t want Veleno at 3rd. There might legitimately be 3 or 4 franchise d-men sitting on the board at #3. You can take Hughes, or Merkley, or swing for the fences on Boqvist. I mean Veleno is obviously an exciting prospect, but I’d rather have a franchise d-man over an average-sized 2-way playmaking center.

 

Posted by fatsavage on 09/13/17 at 09:04 PM ET

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Posted by fatsavage on 09/13/17 at 10:04 PM ET

not me. I’d drop Rassmussen just to redraft him.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 09/13/17 at 09:25 PM ET

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Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 09/13/17 at 10:25 PM ET

Good stuff, I legitimately laughed out loud. You could also just block him, though I suspect you’re having too much fun.

Posted by weswolverine on 09/14/17 at 08:18 AM ET

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You could also just block him, though I suspect you’re having too much fun.

Posted by weswolverine on 09/14/17 at 09:18 AM ET

I don’t believe in safe spaces and the PC coppers won’t get me. Free speech is the freedom to say what ever is on your mind even if it is FAKE NEWS, right? Plus, I spent a whole lot of money on these tiki torches to protest Holland just like everyone else did.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 09/14/17 at 11:24 AM ET

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Free speech is the freedom to say what ever is on your mind even if it is FAKE NEWS, right?

No.

Posted by weswolverine on 09/14/17 at 12:09 PM ET

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I still would love to ask Holland if he inquired with Vegas to move up 3 spots… where he could’ve drafted Casey Mittlestadt. He had extra 3rd round picks and Vegas needs to stockpile players… if he didn’t… epic fail IMHO. If they rebuffed his advances, then Rasmussen it is. Although it’ll be interesting to see how Glass and Vilardi pan out. Necas (Button’s favorite player) was still available when Detroit drafted 9th.

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 09/14/17 at 02:57 PM ET

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I still would love to ask Holland if he inquired with Vegas to move up 3 spots… where he could’ve drafted Casey Mittlestadt. He had extra 3rd round picks and Vegas needs to stockpile players… if he didn’t… epic fail IMHO. If they rebuffed his advances, then Rasmussen it is. Although it’ll be interesting to see how Glass and Vilardi pan out. Necas (Button’s favorite player) was still available when Detroit drafted 9th.

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 09/14/17 at 03:57 PM ET

NYR was another team that probably would have been willing to trade down 2 spots. They obviously wanted Andersson and by all counts reached for him at #7. Could we have offered #9 and #38 to move up to #7? We take Mittelstadt at #7. Buffalo probably looks at Villardi, Necas, Rasmussen at #8. And then NYR gets their guy at #9 anyway, with a bonus #38 pick for their troubles.

Of course, you could just take Liljegren at #9 and call it a day. But we like Rasmussen’s character. When you have Martin Hanzal 2.0 on the board at #9 you can’t pass that up!!

Posted by fatsavage on 09/14/17 at 04:11 PM ET

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NYR was another team that probably would have been willing to trade down 2 spots.

FS - Good point about NYR as well. There’s 2 opportunities for KH to make a bold move to get someone that looks to me as a future first line if not franchise center. Mittlestadt looked fantastic at the worlds, super creative player.

I think Vegas, however would’ve been more inclined to take #71 for the deal instead of #38, but both may have been willing to move 2-3 spots to add a high 3rd rounder. If you have to give up our 2nd (#38) then we may have missed out on Lindstrom (which is almost the same as Lidstrom, right?) or at #71 you lose Kasper Kotkansalo…

Worth the gamble to get Mittlestadt? I for one say “yes”.

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 09/14/17 at 04:25 PM ET

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“Many fans now consider it a blessing that he (Mittlestadt) “fell” to the Buffalo Sabres at eighth overall. Mittelstadt’s talent level and skill were shown on full display during the World Junior Summer Showcase. In the first four games of the showcase he was able to pick up 8 points (3 goals and 5 assists)”

http://buffalohockeycentral.com/2017/09/08/curious-case-casey-mittelstadt/

I’m still holding out hope that Rasumussen turns into a power forward extraordinaire, but I think KH missed a great opportunity to trade up 2-3 spots to get this future star. We will likely never know if he tried…

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 09/14/17 at 07:08 PM ET

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And for some of the crap Cholo and Ras got here as first year pros not doing so hot in the propects tourney… Lillygrin struggled recently.

https://editorinleaf.com/2017/09/10/toronto-maple-leafs-rookie-thoughts/

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/14/17 at 07:29 PM ET

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And for some of the crap Cholo and Ras got here as first year pros not doing so hot in the propects tourney

I do not think anybody is criticizing these players directly. I hear criticism to the front office for always going safe route and picking players with the best chance to make NHL even if it’s as a third line center as the ceiling. We lack talent in the system, why not take chances on somebody who at least potentially can be a first line C or first pair D? But now, of course, we all hope Cholo and Ras become as good players as they can be.

Posted by VPalmer on 09/15/17 at 10:08 AM ET

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