Yahoo Sports’ Psihogios discusses a ‘competitive timeline’ for the Wings

Yahoo Sports’ Stephen Psihogios ponders when and whether the Detroit Red Wings might become a competitive hockey team in the stacked Atlantic Division this morning, discussing the Red Wings’ last three draft classes as they apply to building a foundation for a more nimble organization:

If you’re a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, you’re probably getting a little impatient.

After qualifying for the playoffs in 25 consecutive seasons, Detroit has failed to clinch a postseason berth in five straight NHL campaigns. A franchise accustomed to winning has endured a lengthy, yet steadfast, rebuild. 

The man who’s overseen three crucial drafts for the organization is franchise legend Steve Yzerman. Yzerman joined the squad in 2019, signing on to serve as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and general manager. After captaining the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup championships, the 2014-15 NHL GM of the Year was tasked with overhauling an aging, prospect-depleted roster that had already endured three disappointing seasons.

Now entering the third year of Yzerman’s tenure and the sixth of Detroit’s rebuild, how has the team fared during this period and when can residents of Hockey Town expect the squad to be competitive once again?


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