from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
If the Red Wings win the draft lottery, they are certain to select Alexis Lafreniere with the top pick and he could provide immediate help in 2020-21.
If not, they could use a top-six forward to help boost their offense. They would likely be seeking a second-line forward on a short-term deal.
Here is a look at the top 10 forwards scheduled to be unrestricted free agents (free agency likely will be pushed back from its normal July 1 date). Some might re-sign with their current club before the market opens. Some will not be interested in joining a rebuilding team like Detroit.
1. Taylor Hall, C, Arizona
GP: 65 G: 16 A: 36 PT: 52
2019-20 cap hit: $6 million
The 2018 Hart Trophy winner as league MVP isn’t coming to Detroit but will be far and away the top available free-agent forward, likely for a team more poised to contend for the Stanley Cup.
2. Mike Hoffman, RW, Florida
GP: 69 G: 29 A: 30 PT: 50
2019-20 cap hit: $5.187 million
He has been a consistent scorer on some bad Ottawa and Florida teams with six consecutive seasons of 22 or more goals and 56 or more points. He’s also durable, not missing many games.