NHL.com offers a mid-July look at the Red Wings’ “roster reset,” as penned by Nicholas J. Cotsonika. Cotsonika states the obvious after highlighting the Red Wings’ additions…
What they still need: Difference-makers. The biggest reason the Red Wings have fallen off after a quarter-century of success is the erosion of their top-end talent. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired in 2012. Center Pavel Datsyuk returned to Russia in 2016. Center Henrik Zetterberg is 37 and battling back problems, and although he is expected to return this season, it is not certain. The Red Wings need to draft and develop not just NHL players, but impact players. Can Zadina be one?
And fantasy hockey expert Rob Reese offers this take on the Wings’ fantasy hockey impact:
The Red Wings seem to be moving away from the veterans-first mentality we’ve come to know over the years with Rasmussen, Zadina and Svechnikov all expected to compete for roster spots. Rasmussen could slot in as the No. 2 center behind Larkin, potentially replacing Zetterberg. Zadina also had impressive production at the junior level. In a best-case fantasy scenario, Zadina would slot in on either the first or second line and could be counted on to provide scoring for the first power-play unit. The Red Wings have a bright fantasy future, and potential owners should get ahead of the curve by targeting their young core in late rounds. — Rob Reese