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"Win By Committee"

10/04/2018 at 8:14am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“Youth can certainly energize,” Jeff Blashill, starting his fourth season as Red Wings coach, said. “These young guys, in order to help us, have to be better than the guys who have gotten those minutes previously. It’ll be a great challenge for our younger players, not just the new faces but the guys that are trying to step into bigger roles.”

The Red Wings will be starting a new era without Henrik Zetterberg, one of their premier players of the past 15 seasons and their captain since 2012 who essentially (not officially) retired due to back issues.

“We have a good mix of young kids who can play the game and good older veterans,” forward Thomas Vanek said. “We’re not one of the top teams in the league, but that doesn’t mean you can’t win hockey games. I think we’re going to have to win by committee and hopefully that is going to be our identity -- the strength of our four lines and the young kids.”

The team that finished 24 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, tied for 26th overall, still isn’t ready to return to the postseason, in all likelihood. They aim to be competitive and exciting while the youth gains valuable experience and continues to grow.

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