Another year of the NHL season is starting soon. In October, you’ll be going back to school and hockey will be under way. So let’s talk about the Detroit and how they should do in the next season. Speaking of school, the Detroit Red Wings just suffered a huge hit from Pavel Datsyuk, as he announced today in Yekaterinburg, his home town, that he would not be able to play as the season started. The “Magic Man” is recovering from an ankle injury and the Wings with new coach Jeff Blashill don’t expect him back until after November. After all this, the Wings are a young team and as Pavel puts it needs to “step up” while he is gone. The Wings have signed many young players back and still have tons of potential. Lets look at a few of these important players I think will be able to help the Wings out this season.
Petr Mrazek: The Wings’ are in goalie trouble and I’m pretty confident Petr has what it takes already seeing his skills from last year. The sophomore will most likely take the starting job from Howard, unless Jimmy has significantly improved.
Gustav Nyquist: He’ll still only be 26 by the time the season starts. He had 54 points in 82 games played last season. He has grown and looks like a huge threat for next season. Earlier on, he signed a 4 year deal with the Wings.
Tomas Tatar: The lefty out of Slovakia looks to have tons of potential. Born on December 1, Tomas is only 24. In last year’s season, he had 29 goals and 27 assists for 56 points. He had a +6 with 7 game winning goals. Tomas, another young player, looks to improve his game.
Mike Green: The Wings made a huge steal after signing Brad Richards and Mike Green in this offseason. Mike Green is a good talented defenseman. He had 45 points and was a +15. Green didn’t have too many penalty minutes with 34 in 72 games played. Green should make Detroit a better defensive team.
Overall when you look at the Red Wings roster, you find a few bad spots but there are many good ones! The Wings look for 25 straight playoff appearances this year. Detroit also has many talented prospects such as Dylan Larkin, Xavier Quellet, Tom McCollum, Teemu Pulkkinen, and Tyler Bertuzzi. I predict the Wings will finish in the 4th-7th spot in the conference.
Thanks for reading- Evan VD