Detroit Red Wings projected lines

LW:                      C:                      RW:

1st Line

Henrik Zetterberg-Pavel Datsyuk-Gustav Nyquist

2nd Line

Justin Abdelkader-Brad Richards-Tomas Tatar

3rd Line

Darren Helm-Riley Sheahan-Teemu Pulkinen

4th Line

Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Tomas Jurco

1st line: Zetterberg is a proven superstar and had       17-49-66 in 77 games. Datsyuk has arguably the silkiest mitts the game has ever seen and had 65 points,         26-39-65 in 63 games, he was the one Wing to average more than a point per game last season. Nyquist recently signed a 5 year/ $19 million extension and has been in the top 5 for points the Wings for the second consecutive year.

2nd line: Justin abdelkader had a career year and scored 23 goals and 21 assists, all career bests for him. Brad Richards won the stanley cup last year with Chicago and scored 37 points. Tomas Tatar led the Red WIngs in goals last year with 29 and also had 27 assists.

3rd line: Darren helm is one of the fastest players on the Wings and in the league had 33 points (15-18-33) last year. Riley Sheahan had 36 points (last year. Teemu led the AHL in points per game and played 31 games with Detroit last season and scoring 8 points and 3 goals.

4th line: Drew Miller is a very good penalty killer and is a little physical too. Last season he got a skate to the face and had to get 60 stitches. Even though he was injured he still played 82 games. He also led the Red wings forwards in blocked shots for the 5th straight season. Luke was another psychical forward who played all 82 games for Detroit. Tomas Jurco scored 18 points in 63 games for Detroit.

LD:                              RD:

1st pairing: Jonathan Ericsson-Niklas Kronwall

2nd Pairing: Danny DeKeyser-Mike Green

3rd pairing: Brendan Smith-Kyle Quincey/Jakub Kindl

1st pairing: Jonathan Ericcson scored 3 goals and played 82 games last season. Niklas Kronwall is the number one defender and scored 44 points (9-35-44) in 80 games. He had a huge hit on Nikita Kucherov in the first round of the playoffs which earned him a 1 game suspension.

2nd pairing: Danny Dekeyser is a good proven defenseman who scored 2 goals and 29 assists in 80 games. Mike Green was a great pickup by Detroit because he fills the void of a top 4 right handed shooting d-man. He scored 10 goals and 35 assists last year for Washington.

3rd pairing: Brendan Smith has come a long way since being drafted and is a sold 3 pairing d-man. He scored 4 goals and 9 assists. Kyle Quincey could be traded or just not used as often because Jakub Kindl is better in my eyes.

Starting goalie:Petr Mrazek

Backup goalie:Jimmy Howard

Starting goalie: Petr proved himself last year as Jimmy Howard was injured, and Mrazek ultimately won the starting job in the playoffs.

Backup goalie: Howard played great at the beginning of the season and even earned a spot in the All-Star game but after he was injured he never looked the same.

Do you agree with my prediction? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! I hoped you enjoyed it

Justin Abdelkader’s breakout year

This past year, Justin Abdelkader solidified his spot as a top-6 forward for the Detroit Red Wings. He scored 44 points this year 23-21-44. He hit career highs in all categories and more than doubled his goal total. He was drafted #42 in 2005, he is 28 and in the prime of his career. When Justin was a young boy his dream was to play for the Red Wings and hopefully he can retire as one. 

With the addition of Brad Richards Abdelkader will potentially have a very talented playmaking centermen to play next to this upcoming season.

Expect to see Abby celebrate tons of goals like this next year.

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 25: Justin Abdelkader #8 celebrates the goal by Riley Sheahan #15 (not pictured) of the Detroit Red Wings against against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Amalie Arena on April 25, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Justin Abdelkader

Ducks sign Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart has signed with the Anaheim Ducks today, July 11th. Stewart scored 28 goals for the Avalanche in 2009-10 and repeated that for Colorado and St. Louis in 2010-11. Stewart has 129 goals and 135 assists in 463 NHL games over seven seasons. The past couple of seasons he has been awful. He was traded at the deadline last year to the Wild and picked up 11 points in 20 games 3-8-11. He brings physicality to the Ducks roster. He was drafted #18 in 2006 by the Colorado Avalanche.

chris stewart

Wild re-sign Christian Folin

The Minnesota Wild have re-signed defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year contract. Folin had two goals, eight assists and 13 penalty minutes in 40 games as a rookie for Minnesota last season, also playing 13 games for the Iowa Wild in the AHL. He is 24 years old and was signed as an undrafted free agent in the 2013-2014 season.

christian folin

Detroit Red Wings Top 5 Prospects

5.Landon Ferraro– Landon is a 6 foot center who has stayed in the AHL most of his professional career. This past year he spent 3 games with the Red Wings and scored 1 goal and no assists. Fortunately Landon shoots right and the Red Wings lack a right handed shooting player. I predict that he will develop into a nice bottom six checking role for the years to come. He was drafted #32 in the 2009 draft. He is also the son of former NHLer Ray Ferraro.

4.Yevgeni Svechnikov– Yevgeni was taken at #19 in this past years draft by the Red Wings. He is 6.2″  left winger and posses an accurate shot and some magic hands. Some compare him to Pavel Datsyuk but I like to compare him Ilya Kovalchuk because they both have a punishing wrist shot. I think that Yevgeni will be a second or first line sniper depending on who is still on the team.

3. Ryan Sproul–  Ryan Sproul is 6.3″ and is a right handed defender the Red Wings lack right handed defenders besides Mike Green. He had 24 points in 66 AHL games last season and could grow into a player like Kris Letang (hopefully without the injuries). He was drafted #55 in the 2011 draft.

2. Dylan Larkin– Dylan Larkin is a talented center who made his name known at this year’s World Junior Championship tournament. He was a freshman at the University Of Michigan and recorded 47 points in 35 games. He signed an entry level contract with the Grand Rapid Griffins for the playoffs and recorded 5 points in 6 games. He was drafted #15 in the 2014 draft.  I see Dylan being our number 1 center after datsyuk retires, he has a ton of potential and looks responsible in all three zones.

1. Anthony Mantha– Anthony Mantha is a stud prospect who was amazing in his final QMJHL season with the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The hulking 6’5″ winger tallied 57 goals and 120 points in 57 games, he had a disappointing first year in the AHL and says the past is behind him. He recorded 33 points in 62 games in the AHL. I believe he will be our top right winger in the next few years. He was drafted #20 in the 2013 draft.