NHL Atlantic Division Season Preview: Detroit Red Wings

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Dylan Larkin

2017-2018 Recap

The Detroit Red Wings finished fifth in the NHL Atlantic Division with a record of 30-39-13 for 73 points. Poor play last year allowed the Wings to draft Filip Zadina sixth overall. Zadina, who signed a three-year deal with the Wings, is a native of the Czech Republic. He will likely start the season in the minors.

Off-season Moves

The Red Wings signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland to a two-year extension. This may be a bridge move given that Steve Yzerman, long-time captain of the team, is under contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning for one more year.

Additions: Free Agents Goalie Jonathan Bernier, (Nashville); Goalie Harri Sateri (Florida), Left Wing Thomas Vanek (Columbus); center Filip Forsberg (Nashville). 

Subtractions: Henrik Zetterberg, retired.

Returning Stars

Dylan Larkin (cover photo) led the team in points last year with 63 and the Wings gave him a five-year extension. The Wings re-signed Andreas Athansiou to a two-year contract, and agreed to terms with Anthony Mantha on a two-year contract. Detroit re-signed Mike Green to a two-year deal.

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What to Expect

Larkin, Mantha and Athansiou need to shoulder the offensive load. Four members of the Red Wings’ blue line are older than 30, led by 37-year-old Niklas Kronwall, who is on the last year of a multi-year deal. The Wings won’t re-sign him.

Detroit should be better this year, but getting into the Stanley Cup tournament depends on whether their young players grow into offensive maturity.

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Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh covers the NHL’s Atlantic Division for Full Press Coverage. Follow Andrew on Twitter at @walshandrew89.

 

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