In brief Red Wings-related news this morning, ESPN’s Emily Kaplan posted a set of mid-summer power rankings, and she seems to suggest that the Red Wings may simply have to wait out the 2019-2020 season before their team is able to make meaningful changes:
Previous ranking: 27
Stanley Cup odds: 150-1
After months of speculation, the Steve Yzerman era has begun in the Red Wings’ front office. But he’ll need to wait a little longer to truly shape this roster into a contender. The Red Wings are still shedding bad contracts and waiting for their prospect system to develop.
Continued, and I am hoping that the Wings’ prospects are allowed to step forward and step up this season, but I would like to believe that the team won’t be as woefully bad as they’ve been over the past two seasons as well.
The truth of the matter is always the same as far as players are concerned, anyway: the Wings’ players and coaching staff will begin training camp and the exhibition season aiming for nothing less than a playoff spot and a deep playoff run as everyone is hard-wired to believe they can win, no matter how long the odds may be.