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Reviewing Detroit’s Rebuild

from Tony Ferrari of The Hockey News,

With rookie success upfront, on the back end, and in the crease, a captain in his mid-20s, and a prospect pool loaded with talent, Steve Yzerman and the Red Wings have put on a bit of a masterclass of how to rebuild. They look even better considering they haven’t drafted higher than fourth in any draft during this process.

The one area they currently lack is down the middle. As good as Larkin is, you need to insulate him with another center of his caliber if you want him to be the number one on a true Stanley Cup contender. Rasmussen, the player we started this deep dive with, has not lived up to expectations in any way. He’s been lackluster and has struggled to solidify a place in the lineup at times through his first few NHL seasons.

So where are the Red Wings? They are on the upswing of a rebuild and they could compete for a playoff spot as soon as next season realistically. The only question is how they fill the hole down the middle. All of the other pieces have seemingly fallen into place. Maybe they finally get their lottery luck this year if they fall down the standings in the second half of the year and get the opportunity to select Shane Wright. If that fails, a player such as Logan Cooley or Brad Lambert would certainly help ensure that the center position is much more stable coming out of the 2022 NHL draft.

Get excited Red Wings fans. Hockeytown is just about back.

much, much more

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Yzerman expects to stay the course, no matter where the Wings stand at the March 21 trade deadline.

“Nothing has really changed,” Yzerman said during Tuesday’s Zoom call on the addition of Nicklas Lidstrom to the organization’s front office. “I don’t really have a timeline. We’re just trying to improve each year, and use the draft and hopefully draft well, and definitely use the draft to increase our prospect pool. It’s too unpredictable when some of these players will be ready, whether it’s Year 1, or Year 2, or three years from the draft, or even five years later.”

The addition of rookies Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider this season has added talent and depth to the lineup. But other younger Wings have taken a step forward and gone into bigger roles.

“We’re pleased with some of the progress we’ve made this season,” Yzerman said. “We’ve moved not only Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider (into the lineup), but Michael Rasmussen is playing a bigger role and Joe Veleno is starting to get an increased role, Filip Zadina and Filip Hronek, we’re moving our younger players into our lineup and we’ll continue to with our plan for the time being.”

read on

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/22 at 06:02 PM ET

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today reassigned defenseman Luke Witkowski to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins from the team’s taxi squad.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/22 at 07:07 PM ET

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You guys see the Lidstrom news?

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 01/11/22 at 07:46 PM ET

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Dang HD, look at the previous post in A2Y.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/22 at 07:48 PM ET

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Hahah whoops, sorry Paul, I glossed over it after I saw the headline…  smile  I was worried you were losing your touch!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 01/11/22 at 07:55 PM ET

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Just pulling your chain HD.

Some of you may remember when you were reading a post there were links for next and previous post, well that will return with KK 2.0.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/22 at 08:02 PM ET

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KK 2.0, that has a nice ring to it.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 01/11/22 at 08:05 PM ET


Regarding the rebuild- I think Zadina’s time as a Wing is expiring as we speak. His confidence is in the tank, and he doesn’t seem to fit with any line combination. I can’t find a single thing that he does well.

Posted by pnwwing on 01/12/22 at 12:22 PM ET


I can’t find a single thing that [Zadina] does well.

Posted by pnwwing on 01/12/22 at 11:22 AM ET

Oddly enough, he leads the entire team in shot differential

Posted by EthrDemon on 01/12/22 at 01:26 PM ET


Hmmm- ok. I’m not very fluent with advanced analytics so I can’t even begin to support or refute that;) My eyes see a guy missing high/ wide alot, a guy who seems to be the common denominator in collisions with teammates, and doesn’t pick up opponents on breakaways….

Posted by pnwwing on 01/12/22 at 01:52 PM ET

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