The Athletic asked its 32 NHL correspondents to assess the status of each and every one of the NHL’s 32 teams, and, this morning, they offer Max Bultman’s take on the Wings’ 2021-2022 season prospects (literally and figuratively):
Season prediction: Lottery team by a mile
Offseason grade: B
Better. Trading for Nick Leddy and signing Pius Suter are two short-term boosts in the top half of the lineup, and the expected arrival of top prospect Moritz Seider should be another. The Red Wings were already sound in net, but they younger and add some upside there, too, with Alex Nedeljkovic. Health will be key, but they should be more talented. -Max Bultman
Continued (paywall); it’s more likely than not that The Athletic’s Dom Luszczyszyn will preach a gloomier picture for the Red Wings when he gets around to previewing them on Saturday or Sunday.