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…
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…