ESPN’s Power Rankings: hello, youth movement

ESPN’s Kristen Shilton posted a set of power rankings this morning, and the Red Wings landed where you’d expect them to:

26. Detroit Red Wings

Previous ranking: 25
Points percentage: 0.500
Upcoming schedule: @ VGK (Nov. 18), @ ARI (Nov. 20)

Most likely to make you feel old. The Red Wings’ youth continues serving them well. At the forefront are 19-year-old Lucas Raymond and 20-year-old Moritz Seider, sitting one-two in NHL rookie scoring. Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic has the best save percentage among rookies (.918). Then there is a phalanx of 20-somethings in Dylan Larkin (13 points in 13 games), Filip Hronek (finding his form) and of course Tyler Bertuzzi (17 points in 14 games) all collaborating to make Detroit close to a must-watch group.

Continued; I’m 43. Everybody in the league save Zdeno Chara makes me feel old. But I’m really excited about the Wings’ youth movement.

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George Malik

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