By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
The Detroit Red Wings have made 21 straight playoff appearances, the longest streak in professional sports. During that streak, the organization has regularly brought in veteran players to fill its top two forward lines while its prospects mature on the bottom two lines or in the farm system.
Detroit’s 1997 Stanley Cup Champion forward corps consisted of Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, Igor Larionov, Doug Brown, Tomas Sandstrom, Martin Lapointe, Joey Kocur, Tim Taylor, Tomas Holmstrom, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, and Vyacheslav Kozlov. The youngest was Lapointe at 22, but only five others were 25 or under.
In 1998, Detroit’s Stanley Cup Champion forward corps consisted of veterans Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanahan, Larionov, Brown, Kocur, LaPointe, Holmstrom, Draper, Maltby, McCarty, Kozlov, Mathieau Dandenault, Mike Knuble, Brent Gilchrist, and Dmitri Mironov. Dandenault was the youngest at 21, but only six others were 25 or under.