What’s The Grind Line? Apart from the once-famous line of Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, and either Joe Kocur or Darren McCarty, The Grind Line is also The Hockey Writers’ weekly column about the Detroit Red Wings.
As of November 26, 2020, the NHL is still aiming for January 1, 2021, as the opening night for the 2020-21 season. While that date seems more unlikely with every passing moment, it’s important to keep in mind that hockey will be back at some point.
There aren’t too many hockey insiders predicting the Detroit Red Wings to be shockers this upcoming NHL season and all of a sudden go from the worst defensive team in the league to a playoff contender.
With 12 selections in hand for the 2020 NHL Draft, it quickly became evident that the Detroit Red Wings were focused on skill. Personally, that became crystal clear when Detroit made the fourth selection (55th overall) – Cross Hanas, from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
This upcoming NHL season is important for many people, but one player to keep on your radar is Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser. The Western Michigan alum, like my colleague Devin Little, is ready to make a difference in 2020-21 after missing most of the 2019-20 season due to back surgery.
The holiday season is upon us, and Christmas is just around the corner. To myself and loads of other prospect junkies, Christmas is synonymous with the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) U20 World Junior Championship; commonly referred to simply as the World Juniors.
The next 24 to 48 hours should offer insight into the Detroit Red Wings’ 2020-21 season. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to release details about next season’s start date, temporary division realignment and maybe even a schedule.
Being in Vancouver for the first round of the 2019 NHL draft was an amazing experience. Candidly, my real interest was to track several of the big WHL names that would be taken that day including Kirby Dach, Bowen Byram, Dylan Cozens and Peyton Krebs.
There is no doubt it has been a busy offseason for Detroit Red Wings General Manager Steve Yzerman. Since taking the job as the Red Wings’ top decision-maker when it comes to player personnel on April 19, 2019, it was obvious that the Red Wings were in a rebuilding stage.