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Recap Of The Last Few Days For The Detroit Red Wings

07/30/2021 at 2:04pm EDT

from Josn Beneter of the Wings website,

Before last week's 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Steve Yzerman suggested it could be the most unpredictable week in modern hockey history.

After the Detroit Red Wings drafted eight promising prospects and signed several players in free agency, it turns out Detroit's executive vice president and general manager was spot on.

"It's been certainly a wild week in the NHL between trades and then yesterday, players moving teams," Yzerman said after Day 2 of free agency Thursday. "It was probably a little bit more active, a little bit more movement than I anticipated initially. I thought it was entertaining.

"Is it fun? Yeah, it's an incredible challenge. But we all like some form of certainty, and this is the biggest period of uncertainty for us all."

The first two new free agents the Red Wings signed on Wednesday were defenseman and Michigan native Jordan Oesterle and Swiss center Pius Suter. Yzerman said he thinks both players could have a huge impact for Detroit this season.

"He is an offensive-minded, playmaking centerman, which was a real need for our team. I think he filled the need for us," Yzerman said Thursday about the 25-year-old Suter. "He is a skilled guy. He's got good hands. I think he's got good hockey sense. He has some versatility to him as well.

"We had a big hole there in the center position for an offensive-minded playmaker. But certainly watching him eight times last year live over a relatively short period of time gives you a good feel for what their strengths are."

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