from Tony Ferrari of The Hockey News,
The Yzerplan is in full effect.
The Detroit Red Wings went from making the playoffs in 25 straight years to missing the playoffs every year since that streak ended in 2016-17. General Manager Steven Yzerman has been working his magic on this roster since 2019, managing to build an impressive young core.
His moves have often gone against consensus and have looked outstanding in hindsight. That begins with defenseman Mortiz Seider at sixth overall from the 2019 NHL draft. Since that pick, Seider has been a force in the AHL, SHL, and NHL, winning the Calder as the NHL’s top rookie in a runaway vote.
The Red Wings have gone from grasping at straws to make the playoffs towards the end of the Ken Holland years to building up one of the deeper prospect pools in the league. The Red Wings have used their top picks on players out of Europe in every draft that Yzerman has been a part of, and it's hopeful that pays off.