from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
What Detroit Has: A well-respected GM in Steve Yzerman, and a new head coach in Derek Lalonde; the reigning rookie-of-the-year in blueliner Moritz Seider; highly-skilled young forwards in captain Dylan Larkin, Lucas Raymond, Robby Fabri, Tyler Bertuzzi and Pius Suter; a new starting goalie in Ville Husso
What Detroit Needs: A vastly-improved defensive attack; depth and NHL experience all-around, but particularly, on the back end; a bounce-back year from (now) No. 2 netminder Alex Nedeljkovic; a breakout season from D-man Olli Juolevi; good health for winger Jakub Vrana
What’s Realistic For Detroit Next Season: The Red Wings were an unspeakably awful defensive team this past season, as evidenced by the 312 goals-against they allowed in 82 games; only the abysmal Arizona Coyotes (313) and Montreal Canadiens (319) surrendered more. And that was with Calder Trophy-winner Moritz Seider playing more than 23 minutes a night.
Certainly, GM Steve Yzerman saw his netminding duo of Thomas Greiss and Alex Nedeljkovic as part of the reason for that problem. He’s allowed Greiss to move on via unrestricted free agency, and, at the NHL draft this past week, he went out and acquired former Blues No. 2 Ville Husso and immediately signed him to a three-year, $14.25-million contract extension. The 27-year-old Husso has only 57 regular-season NHL games-played under his belt, but he showed enough promise – and the goalie market was weak enough – to position himself in a good money-making position.