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How The Wings Can Improve

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

...there are other ways for this team to take the next step in this rebuild. Here are five of them:

Bounce-back seasons from Larkin, Bertuzzi

The team needs its top players, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi, to return to form. They work well together, so a full season – or close to it -- on the same line should benefit both. Larkin had only nine goals and 23 points in 44 games, his season shortened due to a neck injury. Bertuzzi got off to a hot start with five goals and seven points in nine games before being shelved by a back injury that eventually required surgery. Can he quickly get back to playing his abrasive game? He will miss nine games in Canada due to his refusal to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

A reliable second scoring line

Pius Suter could solidify the troublesome second-line center spot. He collected 14 goals and 27 points in 55 games as a 24-year-old rookie with Chicago last season. He will be paired, at least initially, with his former junior teammate Robby Fabbri. Fabbri is another player who missed time last season due to illness (COVID-19) and injury (concussion), but produced when healthy (10 goals, 18 points in 30 games). He has 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games over parts of two seasons in Detroit, where he has resurrected a career plagued by knee injuries.

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Everything about Detroit Red Wings draft pick Kiril Tyutyayev suggests he is not an NHL prospect. Start with his size. At 5-foot-8, 146 pounds, he’s so undersized, he’ll always be under scrutiny.

Most players his stature seek to make up for their lack of size with blazing blades. Tyutyayev, though, is not blessed with that burst of acceleration.

“He doesn’t totally look the part,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill admitted of the left-winger they selected 190th overall in the 2019 NHL entry draft. “He’s a little undersized, he’s not an elite skater. And those guys aren’t flying around the NHL a whole bunch. But some guys do make it.”...

Tyutyayev led the Russian U18 league in scoring in 2017-18 with 114 points in just 31 games. Last season, he was tied for fifth in assists in the Belarus Extraliga playoffs with 10 in 13 games as Tyutyayev helped Yunost Minsk win the title.

“He makes a lot of good plays,” Blashill said. “He’s got a pretty good mind offensively. He knows how to create space for himself, he’s really slippery and smart. If you really watch him play, he’s strong on the puck. There’s no aversion to traffic, no aversion to holding on to the puck, no aversion to playing extremely hard.

“He’s heavy on the puck for a smaller guy. He works his tail off. He’s done lots of things well. He’s been a real pleasant surprise.

“I like him. I think there’s stuff there. I’ll be interested to see how he does in Grand Rapids. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was able to have lots of success.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/13/21 at 06:41 AM ET

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Tyutyayev has potential Datsyuk written all over him.

As for the Khan article, I’d be really encouraged with team growth if the Wings could be in the playoff hunt the last 1-2 weeks of the season. Looking at depth charts around the league, there is no reason to expect anything less (unless injuries mount). All that said, Shane Wright is the real deal, so one more season in the dumps wouldn’t hurt either.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 10/13/21 at 08:21 AM ET

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Evgeny Svechnikov does sign with the Jets, 2 way deal.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/13/21 at 08:21 AM ET

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