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by George Malik on 08/21/13 at 03:51 PM ET
7. Detroit Red Wings: GM Ken Holland had one of his best offseasons in recent years, and the forward group is the biggest beneficiary. The surprising addition of Daniel Alfredsson gives Holland the veteran eager to win a Stanley Cup he likes to have on his roster. And Alfredsson, as he showed in the playoffs, can still play at 40 years old. Stephen Weiss replaces Valtteri Filppula and is more of a natural center with better playmaking abilities.
During the playoffs, young players such as Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist emerged as important contributors for coach Mike Babcock behind stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. As always, the health of Darren Helm will be a key for this group and at some point, Holland has to create room to bring back veteran leader Daniel Cleary.
NHL talent evaluator's take: "I think Alfie will have a good year. He can still skate. He's smart. You get him in that environment for a year -- he'll be all juiced up around good friends. He'll be fine. He'll be a really good player. Weiss is the interesting one for me. I'm just interested ... I just don't know. He's a good player but he's been a good player on a bad team for a lot of years. We'll see."
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