Power rankings, copy and paste style, from The Athletic

This morning, The Athletic’s Sean Gentille and Dom Luszczyszyn offer a chat-on-Slack-cut-and-pasted edition of early August power rankings, and the Red Wings fare fairly well on their list, all things considered. Any spelling, punctuation or capitalization issues are…theirs…

26. Detroit Red Wings

Sean 3:06 PM
for the first time in a while, the red wings are going to start a season without one of the bottom two spots in the league on lock. i’m not sure they fully deserve to be in this spot, but I like the fact that Steve Yzerman went out and added a couple legit pieces (in alex nedeljkovic and nick leddy), if only for the team’s emotional well-being. there’s a plan, and they should be rewarded a bit for it.

Dom 3:06 PM
i can see it
i think we’re in another very tight cluster of terrible teams and with the red wings it’s at least easy to see a path forward
which is why i’m going with the senators next

Continued (paywall); there are still a few fires for Steve Yzerman and Jeff Blashill to put out from the Ken Holland era (see: Frans Nielsen[?!?!?]), but the seemingly unending roster turnover of the past two seasons has yielded a leaner, meaner, younger and hungrier Red Wings team.

I’m not predicting a long playoff run for the 2021-2022 Red Wings, but I think that they’ll be demonstrably better than they’ve been over the last few years of the Holland regime, and the first few years of Yzerman’s reign…

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