Abel to Yzerman

Abel to Yzerman

Good Deal

11/27/2022 at 10:43am EST

from Nate Grown of Detroit Hockey Nows,

ave truly paid off. It’s broken down with one player per position and with one of each acquired through the draft, free agency, and trade.

Filip Hronek – $4.4M Cap Hit; 2 Years Remaining

How Acquired: 2016 Draft Pick – 53rd overall
Current Season – 20 Games (6-12-18)
Last Season – 78 Games; (5-33-38)
Cap Hit by Percentage: 5.3% (via CapFriendly)

When signed, it made a lot of sense as Hronek was only 23 years old, was easily Detroit’s best defenseman, and appeared to be a stalwart for years to come....

Dominik Kubalik – $2.5M Cap Hit – 2 Years Remaining

How Acquired: Free Agent (2022)
This Season So Far: 20 Games (9-12-21)
Last Season with Chicago: 78 Games (15-17-32)
Cap Hit by Percentage: 3% (via CapFriendly)

Kubalik was not pursued by the Chicago Blackhawks, opting to be cut loose by his former team when he wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer. When he signed with Detroit, Kubalik ended up taking $1.2M less than his previous contract....

Ville Husso – $4.75M Cap Hit – 3 Years Remaining

How Acquired: Trade with St. Louis (73rd overall pick in 2022 NHL Draft)
This Season So Far: 14 Games (9-2-3) .919 Save %; 3 shutouts
Last Season with St. Louis: 38 Games (25-7-6) .919 Save %; 2 shutouts
Cap Hit by Percentage: 5.8% (via CapFriendly)

He’s a fan favorite already, his name chanted after every big save. Husso has bailed the team out several times this season, as recently as the 3-0 victory over Nashville this past Wednesday....

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Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

They don’t look like an elite team — just ask their coach — but they do look like a team that has the will and skill to stay competitive this season. They're 11-5-4 and in third place in the Atlantic Division, and with that in mind, here are 20 thoughts after 20 games:

Go Blue

General manager Steve Yzerman has endowed the Wings with an abundance of players formerly employed by the St. Louis Blues, from goaltender Ville Husso to forwards David Perron, Robby Fabbri and Oskar Sundqvist to defenseman Jake Walman. What the Blues discarded, the Wings embraced to become a much better team.

MVP

Several players have been excellent, but no one has been more valuable than Husso. He has provided outstanding goaltending (2.39 goals-against average. .919 save percentage in 14 games), making the saves that are expected and bailing out his teammates when they’ve let opponents generate entirely too good chances. The Wings play like a confident team when Husso is in net.

Power of Perron

Perron has transformed the power play into a consistent scoring threat thanks to his smart decision making, funneling pucks to the net either via passes or one-timers. There’s no inertia about the 34-year-old — he so quick to retrieve loose pucks and keep a cycle going.

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