After years of sustained success the Red Wings are in a full rebuild and a painful season was expected. Finishing 7th in the Atlantic Division and 28th overall is never fun but Dylan Larkin is quickly becoming a star and they have some good prospects on their way up.
Additions: Patrik Nemeth, Valtteri Filppula, Adam Erne, Steve Yzerman
Subtractions: Thomas Vanek, Niklas Kronwall, Martin Frk, Ken Holland
The Red Wings have some good young forwards that are starting to come into their own but they just aren’t elite yet. Until then their forwards will be a weak point.
Mike Green can still provide some offense but they did lose the heart and soul of their blue line when Niklas Kronwall retired. Their d-core is old in a young man’s game and just doesn’t have the necessary punch to be considered one of the better groups.
Jimmy Howard is still a good goalie but it’s fair to ask how much more he has to give. Without a strong defense in front of him, this will be a tough season in the Wings net.
The Point Prediction:
The Wings are in a transition period right now after adding Steve Yzerman. He hasn’t made his mark yet on this team but we still have them being a slightly better team than last year, finishing 26th overall but 7th in the Atlantic once again.
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