Found September 08, 2013 on
Recently I described the Detroit Red Wings greatest weaknesses they will need to overcome this season. So it’s only fair to look at the other end of the spectrum and analyze their strengths as well.
The Magic Man
Pavel Datsyuk, best player in the NHL? (Photo Credit: Dave Reginek / Getty Images)
Pavel Datsyuk, do I really have to explain this one? He is the Russian magician, the playmaker; Datsyuk makes everyone around him better. He led the team in points, goals, and plus/minus rating during the 2012-13 regular season.
When Datsyuk is on the ice everyone holds their breath because you don’t know what he is going to do next. Whatever he does end up doing it’s usually spectacular. TSN created a bracket at the end of the season to crown the best hockey play of the 2012-13. The final match-up was Pavel Datsyuk Vs. Pavel Datsyuk. He is one of the best defensive minded forwards in the NHL and he is great in the face-off circle.
Although he may not be the captain, Datsyuk plays a critical role in leading the Red Wings with his world-class skills and 11 years of experience. Wing’s fans should be ecstatic he signed a three year extension so we get to continue watching him play through the 2016-17 season.
It’s called “Hockeytown USA” for a reason. Detroit is arguable one of the best sports franchise in North America with 11 Stanley Cups and the longest streak ever for consecutive postseason appearances. The front office knows how to put together a winning team.
Getting great players is only half the battle. The next step is fitting them into the Red Wings system which over the past few seasons seems relatively easy with Mike Babcock at the helm. The coaching staff has done a suburb job at taking good players and making them great in this system.
The addition of Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson on any other team would make me question chemistry issues, but with the Wings they both look like great fits on paper. While management has made its fair share of mistakes from time to time; Mike Modano comes to mind. They always seem to find a way to work around mistakes. So let’s say Alfredsson is another Modano, Babcock won’t be afraid to pull the trigger and move players around to take his spot. The same goes with almost every other player on the roster.
The Red Wings put a winning team on the ice, anything less and changes will be made.
Depth in Experience
Henrik Zetterberg lifting the Stanley Cup back in 2008.
The Wings still have 6 players on their roster from their 2008 Stanley Cup team: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Kronwall, Samuelsson, and Helm. All of whom, with the exception of Samuelsson, will be starters playing critical minutes this season. Throw in Alfredsson and Bertuzzi and you literally have 8 player coaches.
As much as I have written about the outstanding talent that the Red Wings have coming up through the organization, they will struggle to develop if these veterans weren’t around. I’m positive that Datsyuk wouldn’t be half the player he is now without positive influence Steve Yzerman had on him while he was coming up through the ranks.
The younger players have a great group of experienced leaders to look up to, and they know it.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Detroit Red Wings have been one, if not the best, NHL team for the past 20 years. But will that continue with the Wings moving east and some of its main core of players 30 and above in age? I would say yes for a couple of reasons, in my opinion the move to the eastern conference will help the Wings Tremendously. In a lockout shortened season the Wings finished with 56 points...
DETROIT -- Just when it appears youre on the road to recovery, you suffer yet another setback, which further delays your return to the ice.
Welcome to the life of Red Wings forward Darren Helm.
Helm left the ice early on Friday because something didnt feel right, and on Saturday he found out he strained his groin and is listed as day-to-day.
It is almost kind of comical the...
A lot of head scratching going on over the Flyers and Dan Cleary reaching an agreement on a contract which will pay Cleary $8.25M over 3 years plus a No-Trade Clause.
The Malik Report has reaction to the signing and hockey fans voice their opinion at HFBoards.
My reaction? Cleary has been a warrior for the Red Wings but injuries over the last few years were an issue for him...
The saga of Darren Helm's health continues to stumble along tripped up these days by a pulled groin.
Helm 26 played once during last season's 48-game NHL schedule undone by a sore back. Now with Detroit Red Wings training camp days from starting Helm isn't skating and he isn't cleared to take part in any scrimmages.
"It is almost kind of comical the way these...
Mike Modano played 22 seasons in the NHL, 21 of them with the Stars in Minnesota and Dallas and one with the Red Wings. Over Labor Day weekend, Modano married professional golfer Allison Micheletti, daughter of former NHLer and current hockey analyst Joe Micheletti. The same year that Modano played his first game in the NHL, 1989, Allison was born. She’s 24 years old. Modano...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings have 25 NHL players, two over the roster limit. That includes 16 forwards, two more than they intend to carry. They are $637,000 over the salary cap.
Here is a look at some of their options:
Place center Darren Helm on long-term injured reserve.
After missing virtually the entire season due to back pain, Helm has made progress...
I dared to take a "nap day" after spending a pair of sixteen-to-eighteen-hour affairs at the Red Wings' prospect camp, and it at least appears that the Red Wings players as well as their prospects decided to take Saturday off, too.
For the latter group, there's a slate of two games in two nights coming, and if the prospects don't build upon their win over...
The Red Wings will depart for Traverse City this morning--with half of the NHL roster taking part in a community outreach tour throughout the State of Michigan, and the rest either busing or flying up--and the team will take its physicals (and deal with their "mugshots") and participate in a charity golf tournament on Wednesday, with the main camp opening up on Thursday...
From the Red Wings' very early morning skate...
Darren Helm not part of informal #redwings skate today, has pulled groin, per Ken Holland.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) September 9, 2013
Cleary back on ice with the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Still no decision on his plans for next season.
— Chuck Pleiness (@wingsfrontman) September 9, 2013...
Per the Red Wings' camps:
Howe Division Standings ------------------------------------- Lindsay Division Standings
3. St. Louis
With the "to be determined" at the end of today's Red Wings-Blues game...
WIth none other than Gordie Howe in attendance, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on the strength of 2 goals and an assist by Anthony Mantha, a pair of assists from Xavier Ouellet, a snipe from Zach Nastasiuk, an empty-netter from Tomas Jurco and a superb performance from Jared Coreau, who stopped 23 of 25 shots against.
The Wings had never won the prospect...
The hockey blogger's rules for a "slow day" involve, "Don't look around too much, or you'll find more than enough to keep you busy." I should have listened to that rule, because I ended up finding a decent crop of Wings-related and plain old interesting stuff, and spent three hours doing so.
Saturday marked the second anniversary of the Lokomotiv...
The Red Wings prospects' big win over St. Louis last night earned the team the opportunity to compete for its first prospect tournament title when they battle the Buffalo Sabres' prospects this evening (the game takes place at Centre Ice Arena at 7:30 PM), and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill was blunt about the significance of his team's potential performance...
The differences between the Red Wings prospects' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues' prospects and a game between the teams' NHL rosters involved the names on the backs of the jerseys and the venue.
Otherwise, if you've seen a game between Ken Hitchcock's Blues and Mike Babcock's Red Wings, you've seen this one. There were 27 penalties, remarkably, only...
The Red Wings' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues was wild, woolly and raucous, setting up a prospect tournament championship series between the Wings and Bufallo Sabres on Monday night at 7:30 PM.
Zach Nastasiuk registered a goal and an assist, Xavier Ouellet had a goal and an assist, Tomas Jurco and Anthony Mantha (empty-netter) scored goals, Teemu Pulkkinen and Ryan Sproul...