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They've Improved

08/12/2021 at 11:42am EDT

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Nick Leddy. Alex Nedeljkovic. Mitchell Stephens. None of those players were rumored to be coming to Detroit before the trade was announced. That’s the way Steve Yzerman operates. His thoughts, opinions and strategy are rarely on public display.

He doesn’t float trial balloons or concern himself with verdicts in the court of public opinion.

Yzerman acts, often boldly, always confidently. He doesn’t mind change, as he showed this offseason. Here are five ways the Red Wings have improved themselves this offseason.

Goaltending Will Have More Impact
Detroit’s goaltending was sharper han most people realize last season. The Red Wings’ tandem of Thomas Greiss and Jonathan Bernier helped Detroit post a .910 save percentage, ranked 13th out 31 NHL team. Greiss and Bernier kept the Red Wings competitive on nights when they didn’t deserve to be. But Nedeljkovic is going to bring more athleticism to the position. He led the NHL with a 1.90 goals-against average. More importantly, his puck-handling acumen will benefit the Red Wings offensively and defensively....

Defense is more talented
Nick Leddy could post eight to 10 goals and 40 or more points. He will be the team’s best transition defenseman. Leddy can effectively skate the puck through the neutral zone He is an underrated defensive player. Leddy uses his experience to anticipate what forwards will do next. Even though prize defenseman Moritz Seider is a rookie, opponents will respect how fiercely he competes. Seider showed at the World Champions that he can shut down NHL talent. These two players, plus Jordan Oesterle, make this defensive corps deeper than last season’s group.

more ($$$) on the first topic and on the list are also the centers, the power play and the youngsters...

Just my own opinion here, but if had some extra cash to pay for content, Detroit Hockey Now would be my choice. Both Kevin Allen and Bob Duff know the Wings and the rest of the teams, they are impressing me with their work.

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