As part of NHL.com’s 32-for-32 series, the NHL.com poolers team identifies some players to target at the Detroit Red Wings
NOTE : These point projections (based on an 82-game season) are the result of a collaboration between Pete Jensen and Anna Dua. They take into account several factors, such as recent regular season and Stanley Cup playoff performances, potential line combinations, power play use, the situation of a team’s goaltenders, injury history , anticipated regression for a player or the possibility of him rebounding, age, contract and general potential for the season. The point projections presented here are approximate and do not necessarily reflect a player’s full potential in a hockey pool.
Moritz SeiderD : Since the early 2000s, only one defenseman has scored more points than Seider (50) in his rookie year, namely quinn hughes of the Vancouver Canucks in 2019-20 (53). It was quite a career start for Seider last year in Detroit, leading the Red Wings in assists (43) and power-play points (21). He also performed well in multi-category pools with 151 hits. He should be among the top 10 defensemen in the NHL and be among the 50 best players on the league.
Dylan LarkinVS : Coming off his best NHL season in points per game (0.97) and led Detroit in goals (31) and points (69) in 71 games. Larkin can be considered a top-100 player in the pools, and he has the potential to give even more this year as he completes the final year of his contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent. Moreover, it will be much better surrounded with the additions of David Perron and Andrew Copp.
Lucas RaymondAD : He found himself in the top-5 of NHL rookies in goals (23, t-2nd), assists (34; 4th), points (57; 3rd), power play points (18 , 2nd) and shots on goal (184, 4th) last year when he played mainly with Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi. Raymond should be a top-100 player for poolers in his second year in the league, especially as Detroit looks set to complete its rebuild.
Jakub VranaAG : He missed most of last season due to injury, but his 30 points (21 goals, nine assists) in 37 games over two seasons in Detroit show his potential. Vrana finished fifth in the NHL in five-on-five goals per 60 minutes (1.52; minimum 25 GMs) and he’s a strong candidate for an offensive burst if new head coach Derek Lalonde twin to Larkin on the first line.
City HussoG : He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on July 8 and he signed a three-year contract with his new team, which means the Red Wings will count on an improved tandem with him and Alex Nedeljkovic. Husso, who finished with the sixth-best save percentage (.919; minimum 40 MJ) in the NHL at even strength last year, may be less productive as he faces a young defense led by the Seiders, Filip Hronek and rookie Simon Edvinsson. We can expect him to be around 20th in goaltending, and the top-150 in all positions.
Projection: 23 wins
David Perron, RA : The arrival of the Quebecer will allow the Red Wings to have a more balanced team, he who is tied with Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings) ranked 34th in the NHL in points per game over the past five seasons (0.89; 300-game minimum). He should also help out on the power play, having had a career-best season last year with 11 power-play goals, 24th in the NHL. He should play on the second line with Copp (best career season last year with 53 points) and Vrana or Bertuzzi. He could be a boon in payroll pools.
Other Red Wings players to consider in the pools : Andrew Copp, C/AD; Tyler Bertuzzi, LW/RW; Alex Nedeljkovic, G; Simon Edvinsson, D; Dominik KubalikAG/AD