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The Outlook For Frans Nielsen

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: After Pavel Datsyuk returned to Russia it was imperative the Red Wings acquired a top-two center. They picked up one of the best two-way centers available in free agency.

Nielsen is a good play-maker who makes his linemates better and has some finishing ability. He will be a key component on a power play that regressed significantly last season.

Nielsen also can kill penalties if the club opts to utilize him in that capacity (he led the league with seven shorthanded goals in 2010-11).

Nielsen should earn the Red Wings a couple of extra points in the shootout over the course the season, since he's one of the NHL's all-time best.

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This is a signing that HAS to go good for the Wings or they are in serious trouble. The guy doesn’t need to score 30 goals but 15 really won’t cut it. He does have to make those playing with him better. He can’t turn into the next Weiss.

I think we’ll see him on the top line from the start, sheltering Larkin a bit from his first season as a center. How long he stays there will depend on his contribution and Larkin’s maturation.

Posted by evileye on 09/07/16 at 07:58 AM ET

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