Bultman ponders the ‘state of the (Wings) franchise’

The Athletic’s Max Bultman penned a thorough article discussing the state of the Red Wings as questions abound regarding the team’s 2019-2020 season team:

Biggest on-ice question: How much can the Red Wings’ young core improve in one year’s time?

Aside from a couple of free agents brought in to to fill glaring vacancies, the Red Wings didn’t do a whole lot to alter their immediate outlook this offseason. That means, a year after they finished fourth from the bottom of the standings, their fate rests largely in the hands of their rising core to find another level. A line of Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha up top gives the team something to build around, with Andreas Athanasiou and Filip Hronek their other most intriguing up-and-coming weapons.

But Detroit is past the point where it can wait for its core four forwards to improve at their own pace. To a large degree, as they go, so goes the season.

Continued (paywall); worth your time and then some.

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