Wrapping up my catch-up posts from my slacker weekend extraordinaire, we travel to Detroit, where Monica McAlister from Octopus Thrower has the Red Wings’ season preview. Growing up in Toronto with a die-hard Gordie Howe fan for a grandfather, the Wings became a bit of a second favorite to me, even more so once my brothers started cheering for the Avalanche. Those old-school all-out wars between the Avs and Wings were some of the best playoff rivalries I’ve ever seen, but the two franchises have gone in vastly different directions since then. The Wings remain one of the most successful teams in the NHL, year in and year out, all while undergoing a seemingly unnoticeable roster overhaul that saw them leave stalwarts like Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov for the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
A big part of the Wings’ perennial success is the fact that they are always one of the deepest clubs in the league, with solid talent from top to bottom. The scouting staff does a great job of scouring for talent, and seem to keep coming up with diamonds in the rough. Monica has more on the impressive complement of forwards the Wings will ice this season.
Returning this season is the flying circus with Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom. Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary went head to head in a bobble head fight this summer. Valtteri Filppula and Johan “The Mule” Franzen will make a return. Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader are back with youthful vengeance and Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller are both back on new deals. Jiri Hulder heads into his last year of his contract after a lackluster season last year as he made his NHL comeback from the KHL.
Young guns looking to upset the balance and make a place in the NHL include: Gustav Nyquist, Jan Mursak, Cory Emmerton and Tomas Tatar.
Check out the rest of her season preview here.