The Athletic’s Max Bultman wrote an article which published just after I left to head to training camp, and I haven’t been able to post it until now. In the “worth your time” department, Bultman assesses the Red Wings’ roster as it applies to training camp and the exhibition season, classifying players by their likelihood of making the Red Wings’ roster:
Locks: Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi, Frans Nielsen, Valtteri Filppula, Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader
Write Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha in ink as the top line, and then the rest of the puzzle will come together over the next couple weeks. It’ll be interesting to see how having a new general manager motivates some of the longtime veterans, but most of them have rather large contracts and/or were named alternate captains, so their roster spots, at minimum, feel safe.