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Steve Yzerman's First Year As The GM For The Detroit Red Wings

04/06/2020 at 8:30am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here is a look back at Yzerman’s moves – from the draft to free agency to mid-season trades to waiver claims to trade-deadline deals. Some of the grades, of course, could change over time.

Drafting Moritz Seider: A

Yzerman pulled a surprise with his first-ever draft pick as Detroit GM, selecting a big, mobile, puck-moving defenseman from Germany that many draft analysts projected would be taken much later than sixth overall.

Seider, who turned 19 on Monday, has yet to make his NHL debut but made a smooth transition to the North American pro ranks with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. It’s difficult to assess draft picks this soon, but Seider looks poised to anchor the Red Wings’ blue line for many years and should launch his NHL career in 2020-21.

Signing Valtteri Filppula: D

Needing a second-line center, Yzerman signed Filppula to a two-year, $6 million deal on July 1, knowing the former Red Wing well, having signed him in Tampa Bay in 2013....

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