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Detroit Numbers

08/05/2021 at 10:38am EDT

from Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic,

... That’s what we’ll be looking at here as we measure how many wins a team added or subtracted from their roster to date based on their current lineup, while also paying attention to how much salary has been added or subtracted (though that figure will only take into account the players who were brought in or taken out, nothing else). As usual, value is determined using my model, Game Score Value Added.

Here’s how much each team has changed this offseason, from highest value added to most value subtracted.

7. Detroit Red Wings

Wins Added: 2.2 wins

Salary Added: $5.8 million

In: Alex Nedeljkovic, Pius Suter, Nick Leddy, Jordan Oesterle, Mitchell Stephens

Out: Jonathan Bernier, Richard Panik, Dennis Cholowski, Luke Glendening, Darren Helm

One massive addition is driving Detroit’s standing here and that’s potential goalie of the future Alex Nedeljkovic. He was lights out in 23 games last season and Carolina’s loss is Detroit’s gain between the pipes. There isn’t a lot of data to go off, but based on what he’s shown to date (and a heavy dose of regression) the model is a big fan of Nedeljkovic. He’s projected to be a pretty sizeable upgrade over Jonathan Bernier.

The rest isn’t much, but they’re all upgrades to the team’s depth. Nick Leddy had a nice bounce-back last season and provides a boost to Detroit’s defence, while Pius Suter proved in his rookie season he can be a responsible middle-six center. In addition by subtraction news, losing Luke Glendening and Darren Helm also helps.

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