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The Biggest Problem Is Detroit's Defense

04/15/2019 at 9:45am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A core of talented, young forwards on the roster and some promising prospects in the system ease the Detroit Red Wings’ concerns about goal-scoring in the years to come.

Getting the puck out of their zone quickly and efficiently? That’s another story.

Defense was the Red Wings’ biggest weakness this season and improving the blue line their biggest challenge.

They could sign a free agent. They could make a trade. They could use the sixth pick in this year’s draft on a defenseman....

“What do we do about the defense?” general manager Ken Holland said. “We draft, we develop, we have patience. We live with their mistakes. We hold them accountable. We educate them. We try to have some veteran players here we think are role models for them and are steadying influences on and off the ice.

“But to find top-four defensemen, you got to draft them, for the most part, and you got to develop them. Maybe you can trade for one, but you got to trade a significant piece to get one of those guys.”

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