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Midseason Grades

03/07/2021 at 9:43am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Filip Hronek

Stats: 10 assists, minus-10 in 26 games.

Status: Signed through 2020-21 at a $714,166 salary cap hit.

The word: The team workhorse, averaging almost 24 minutes per game and playing both special teams. Often used against the opponents top line. Has a good shot and doesn’t hesitate with it.

Grade: B-minus.

Dylan Larkin

Stats: Four goals, seven assists, minus-7 in 22 games.

Status: Signed through 2022-23 at a $6.1 million salary cap hit.

The word: Had a great start with four goals and four assists the first 10 games. Then he lost Bertuzzi as a linemate, and production slipped to three assists in 12 games. Larkin, named captain before the season, sometimes tries to do too much. He has been out since Feb. 27 with an upper-body injury, and maybe the break will be beneficial.

Grade: C-plus.

Anthony Mantha

Stats: Six goals, four assists, minus-16 in 25 games.

Status: Signed through 2023-24 at a $5.7 million salary cap hit.

The word: He’s enthralling to watch when he’s engaged, but he’s looked lethargic for far too much of the season, not what the Wings hoped for after signing him to a big contract in November. He needs to play more to his 6-foot-5, 234-pounds size — he’s on the top line, but has only four penalty minutes.

Grade: D.

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