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“I thought our guys played hard and really competed,'' Babcock said. “I’ve said life is about maximizing what you got and I thought our group did that.''
Young players like Gustav Nyquist, Damien Brunner, Joakim Andersson and Jakub Kindl experienced tremendous growth during the season and in the playoffs. Babcock believes the future is bright.
The Red Wings are moving to the Eastern Conference next season, as the NHL realigns. They will join a division with Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
“I’d like to see a healthy (Danny) DeKeyser, a healthy (Darren) Helm if he’s playing again, and we could be a way better team,'' Babcock said. “We need to be better if we want to be in this position consistently and not just by working, but by being good enough to be in this position. We have some work to do to as a group this summer.''