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Detroit's Top Moves This Summer

08/07/2021 at 4:59pm EDT

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

By all measures of evaluation, Yzerman had another strong offseason. Here is Detroit Hockey Now ranking of his top 10 moves:

1.Trading for Alex Nedeljkovic
The Red Wings have a collection of rebuild problems, but lack of a young, premium goaltending prospect was probably chief among them. He solved that in extraordinary way by acquiring goalie Nedeljkovic who was finalist for NHL Rookie of the Year. He had 15 quality starts last season in 23 appearances for the Carolina Hurricanes. His 1.90 goals-against average and .932 save percentage speak to his potential to be Detroit’s goalie for years to come.

At 25, Nedeljkovic is still young enough to be the team’s No. 1 goalie when the team’s rebuild is completed. The bonus of this trade is that Yzerman only gave up a third-round pick and the rights to Jonathan Bernier who wasn’t going to resign in Detroit.

2. Drafting Sebastian Cossa
Yzerman moved from No. 23 to No. 15 in the draft to take Cossa who is a fiery, 6-foot-6 goalie with overflowing talent. While many in the scouting world were crowing about Jesper Wallstedt, the Red Wings focused on Cossa. They liked Cossa’s potential more. He’s a trash-talking, cocky netminder who believes strongly in his ability to stop the puck.

The Red Wings only gave up a second rounder and a fifth rounder to the Dallas Stars to get this done. With Nedeljkovic aboard, the Red Wings have no reason to rush Cossa.

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