The Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo suggests that Red Wings fans and the media will be watching Ken Holland’s Edmonton Oilers over the next few seasons to see whether he can do a better job rebuilding a team than Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman:
The comparisons between the two organizations are many at this stage. Take, for example, the 2018 NHL Draft. The Red Wings passed on some potential high-end defensemen when Filip Zadina fell into their lap at sixth overall. One of those defensemen, Evan Bouchard, could make his Edmonton debut this season. He was very impressive in the AHL playoffs last spring.
This past draft, Yzerman opted for German defenseman Moritz Seider sixth overall. In the process, he passed on Swedish defenseman Philip Broberg, who was snapped up two picks later by Holland and the Oilers.
The Oilers and Red Wings are two of the NHL’s most-celebrated franchises.
It will be fascinating to see what direction each takes with such familiar faces at the top of the administrative chain under these particular