Detroit Red Wings: Time to Rebuild for the Immediate Future?
The Detroit Red Wings have been one of the most iconic franchises in the entire NHL for a very long time. Detroit has not made it to the playoffs since 2016. The Red Wings have been in rebuilding mode since then after making it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for over 27 years.
Detroit has a new general manager in charge in Steve Yzerman. He won mutltiple stanley cups with the franchise as a player and Yzerman also constructed the 2020 Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup team. He knows his hockey inside and out.
The Red Wings will be a relevant franchise once again in a couple of years from now. Detroit has one of the better prospect pools in the entire NHL.
Dylan Larkin is the current captain for the Detroit Red Wings. He is the heartbeat of this hockey club and team. Larkin is one of the best young players in the entire NHL.
The Red Wings once again so far this season, are one of the worst teams in the NHL. They are currently 2-6-2 record wise so far this season with six points. Detroit is in last place in the temporally realigned central division.
Detroit will probably find a way to be a top of the NHL Draft rankings in 2021. It will be interesting to see what top prospect they land this time around.
Jeff Blashill is the current head coach of the Detroit Red Wings and we will see if he the head coach in the long term. I thought Blashill was going to get fired after last season, but it is obvious Detroit wants stability for the long term.
Some of the current valuable young players on the roster are: Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Zadina, Christian Djoos, and Troy Stecther, along with Dylan Larkin.
Some of the current top prospects for the Detroit Red Wings are: Mortiz Seider, Carter Gylander, Taro Hirose, Filip Larsson, Michael Rasmussen, Albert Johansson, and Victor Bradstrom.
It is going to take another couple of seasons for them to get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Detroit being good is good for the NHL because they are one of the original six teams.
They have not been to the Stanley Cup Finals since 2009 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Detroit lost to them in seven games. The Red Wings last won the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 against Pittsburgh in six games.
Detroit needs to find a way to get back to its old glory days. They will return some time down the round. Patience is a virtue and that is what the Detroit Red Wings will have to go through.
Detroit fans are at least pleased that this a better product then when they were first bad several decades ago. The Detroit Red Wings shouldn’t have to wait much longer to be successful.
The Red Wings (2-6-2 with six points) next game will be on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning (5-1-1 with 11 points) on Wednesday night.
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