NHL.com’s Cotsonika examines the Red Wings’ offseason moves

NHL.com is posting summer check-in articles for each and every one of the NHL’s 32 teams this August, and this morning, Nicholas J. Cotsonika examines the Red Wings’ additions, subtractions, and potential impact-making prospects:

On the cusp

Moritz Seider, D: The 20-year-old won the Swedish Hockey League Elite Prospects Award and was a finalist for SHL Defenseman of the Year last season after he was loaned to Rogle amid the coronavirus pandemic and scored 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 41 games. The No. 6 pick of the 2019 NHL Draft scored 22 points (two goals, 20 assists) in 49 games for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League in 2019-20. …

Joe Veleno, F: The 21-year-old scored 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 46 games for Malmo of the SHL, three points (one goal, two assists) in four games for Grand Rapids and one goal in five games for Detroit last season. The No. 30 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft scored 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 54 games for Grand Rapids in 2019-20. …

Lucas Raymond, F: The 19-year-old, selected No. 4 in the 2020 NHL Draft, scored 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) for Frolunda of the SHL last season. 

Cotsonika believes that the Red Wings may still add a forward or two to the mix:

What they still need: One or two forwards, in the short term. Young players to take over, in the long term. General manager Steve Yzerman said the Red Wings still could add a forward or two this offseason. They don’t want to hand roster spots to young players; they want the young players to win the spots. They don’t want the young players to simply be in the NHL; they want them to make the Red Wings better and help them win.

Continued, with a roster projection and fantasy hockey discussion from Pete Jensen…

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