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Make Or Break Year For Evgeny Svechnikov

07/13/2020 at 1:42pm EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

His scouting report showed a complete package of size, strength and skill, a forward who could fit into the top six and factor at both ends of the ice.

In this edition of Detroit Red Wings Fast Forward, a series that projects how a player will perform in 2020-21, the subject is Evgeny Svechnikov. In the five years since the Wings plucked him from the 2015 draft board 19th overall, Svechnikov has appeared in 20 games, tallying two goals and two assists. The coming season may finally shed light on how — or if — he fits into the rebuild.

Svechnikov has to be on the roster this fall, because he is no longer exempt from waivers. To get into the lineup, he’ll have to beat out the likes of Dmytro Timashov, Justin Abdelkader, Adam Erne and Christoffer Ehn for a job as a bottom-six winger.

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