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Red Wings' Oliwer Kaski: Signs one-year deal
Kaski agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Detroit on Monday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Kaski won't officially put pen to paper until after the World Championships, but his new coach (Jeff Blashill) will get an up-close look at the 23-year-old during the tournament. The Finn racked up 51 points in 59 games with Finnish club Pelicans this season and will try to translate his offensive touch to the North American style of play. While Kaski figures to compete for a roster spot in training camp, the two-way nature of his contract gives the club the option of sending him down to the minors in order to further his development.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Libor Sulak: Likely bound for Europe
Sulak is expected to take his talents back to Europe for the 2019-20 season, Ansar Khan of Mlive.com reports.
The left-shot defenseman from the Czech Republic appeared in six NHL games this season, but he went minus-4 over that span and didn't seem entirely comfortable at hockey's highest level. Further complicating matters for Sulak is that at least Filip Hronek and Madison Bowey are ahead of him on the organizational depth chart.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Christoffer Ehn: Expected to retain NHL job
Ehn is projected to start the 2019-20 season with the Red Wings, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Ehn's inclusion on the Opening Night roster this past season proved that offense isn't everything for NHL teams. The fourth-line, penalty-killing specialist only mustered three goals and six assists through 60 NHL contests, but he's capable of playing on the wing or at center, and his shutdown abilities as a forward gives him a leg up on the internal competition.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Dennis Cholowski: Trending in wrong direction
Cholowski is projected to start the 2019-20 campaign with AHL Grand Rapids, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Detroit's 20th overall selection from the 2016 Draft defied the odds by cracking the Opening Night roster this season, but his confidence in the defensive zone ultimately wavered and the Wings figure to start next year with the more seasoned Madison Bowey on the back end. Still, Cholowski's future remains bright, as he was trusted with a power-play role at the top level and finished with seven goals and nine assists through 52 NHL games.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Madison Bowey: Likely to stick with big club
Bowey is expected to start out in the NHL with the Red Wings, as opposed to the minors, come Opening Night of the 2019-20 campaign, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
The right-shot defenseman tallied four points in 17 games with the Wings following his trade from the Capitals in late February. Bowey is not exempt from waivers, which is favorable in terms of him lobbying for a roster spot with the parent club right out of the gate.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Dylan McIlrath: Inks two-year extension
McIlrath signed a two-year contract extension with the Red Wings on Thursday.
McIlrath has only appeared in 13 NHL contests over the past three seasons, so he's nothing more than organizational depth at this stage in his career. The 27-year-old blueliner will continue to spend most of his time in the minors during the duration of his contract with the Red Wings.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Trevor Daley: Experiences injury-riddled campaign
Daley (upper body) dealt with six injuries in the 2018-19 campaign, with only two goals and six assists representing his point total over 44 games.
Injuries largely sapped what little fantasy value Daley had coming into his 15th NHL campaign. He averaged 18:34 of ice time, but his power-play action was reduced to seconds, and the Toronto native has a lot to prove to GM Steve Yzerman in the final year of a three-year, $9 million deal. There will be plenty of defenseman worth drafting ahead of him for fantasy purposes, but he remains valuable to the Wings on the penalty kill.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Gustav Lindstrom: Triumphant in SHL
Lindstrom, a Red Wings prospect, recently won a championship with HC Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League.
The Red Wings nabbed Lindstrom with the 38th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. It can be tough to get an in-depth look at these prospects when they're still playing in their homeland overseas, though Lindstrom contributing to a championship team undoubtedly will raise some eyebrows within the Original Six franchise. He probably doesn't need to be stashed in dynasty leagues, but it'll be interesting to see how the Swede fares once he takes his talents to North America.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jared McIsaac: Viewed as future NHLer
Currently playing for the QMJHL's Mooseheads, McIsaac is destined to reach the NHL in due time.
The Red Wings nabbed McIsaac with the 36th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Lauded for his tremendous skating skills, the left-shooting defenseman is looking to help the Mooseheads clinch the Memorial Cup in a series against Rouyn-Noranda. "I think I play a little bit more like Ryan McDonagh, more of a defense-first guy and join the rush after that," McIsaac said. "My skating allows me to defend other teams' top lines and also puts me in good spots to jump in the play offensively."... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jacob De La Rose: Likely staying put
De La Rose (chest) is expected to remain a Red Wing in the 2019-20 season, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
As noted in this report, De La Rose underwent surgery to handle a cardiac issue which caused him to get shut down early in 2018-19. He's still operating under the terms of a two-year deal that he originally procured with the Canadiens in the summer of 2018. There shouldn't be much fantasy interest in the bottom-six grinder, but he should get every opportunity to impress new GM Steve Yzerman.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: Top-six mainstay
Athanasiou -- who produced a career-high 54 points (30 goals, 24 assists) this season -- earned the right to be a top-six player for the Red Wings, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Double A is under contract with the Red Wings for at least one more season, with the Original Six club having the option to extend him a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent in the summer of 2020. It's conceivable that Athanasiou will join the 30-30 club in his fifth NHL campaign, especially considering that his minutes continue to climb as he gains more experience. An incredibly fast skater with no shortage of creativity in his game, Athanasiou should be worth selecting near the middle rounds of most drafts this fall.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Joe Veleno: Pens entry-level deal
Veleno inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Detroit on Wednesday.
Veleno went off for 104 points in 59 games this season with QMJHL Drummondville, more than doubling his production from last year (48 points). While the 19-year-old is eligible to spend another year in juniors, the Red Wings may want to at least have him with AHL Grand Rapids so that he could be called up if needed. A stint in the minors is far from guaranteed, as a strong showing during training camp could even see the center break into the 23-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Joe Veleno: Arriving in 2019-20?
Veleno fashioned 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists) over 59 regular-season games for QMJHL Drummondville this season. According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, the forward could make his NHL debut at some point in the 2019-20 season.
Lauded for his relentless work ethic and sound all-around game, Veleno will have a tough time breaking camp since he's only 19 years old and Detroit is flush with similarly talented prospects, but it doesn't sound like he's too far away from a prime role at hockey's highest level, either. Given his immense offensive upside, fantasy owners in dynasty formats should already be scouting him ahead of the 2019-20 season.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Taro Hirose: Favorite to break camp
Hirose is likely to make the Opening Night roster for the 2019-20 campaign, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
This prediction comes from St. James in one of her mailbag reports, where she routinely fields questions from Detroit fans. She opines that Hirose has a leg up on the competition, with the winger having dropped jaws as a free-agent signee from Michigan State University, adding a goal and six assists -- including a power-play helper -- through his first 10 NHL contests. In general, NHL scouts and GMs are paying more attention to smaller, faster players these days, and Hirose fits the bill as a shifty trailblazer listed at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Filip Zadina: Finishing AHL season strong
Zadina scored twice and added an assist in Grand Rapids' 6-2 Game 3 win over Chicago on Tuesday.
After a slow start to the year, Zadina's first professional season got progressively better over time. His final numbers (16 goals, 35 points in 59 games) for the Griffins were more than respectable for a 19-year-old, first-year pro. He also got into nine games (three points) with the Wings. Zadina didn't have the immediate impact at the NHL level that many predicted, but he remains one of the better offensive prospects in the league. Zadina is all but assured a full-time role with Detroit beginning this coming fall.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jonathan Ericsson: Unlikely to face buyout
Ericsson (lower body) isn't likely to be subjected to a buyout from the Red Wings, Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press reports.
The Red Wings named Steve Yzerman as their new general manager Friday -- he succeeds Ken Holland, who slides into a senior vice president role -- but despite Yzerman having gone the buyout route with select players in his previous tenure directing the Lightning franchise, Ericsson isn't likely to be bought out since there's only one year remaining on his contract. This probably isn't what Detroit fans want to hear, as Ericsson only stacked five points against a minus-10 rating through 52 games this season, but he is a solid shutdown veteran, and there's value in keeping him around to mentor the growing crop of young blueliners.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader: Not buyout material
Abdelkader (leg) isn't in jeopardy of having his contract bought out, despite how the Red Wings have welcomed Steve Yzerman back to Detroit as the new general manager taking over for Ken Holland, Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press reports.
Hindsight is 20-20, but Holland probably regrets putting Abdelkader -- whose most recent campaign ended early due to a leg injury -- on the books for seven years, $29.75 million in Nov. 2015. However, as noted by St. James, he still has plenty of term remaining, and the Original Six club would still have to pay the winger $1.45 million over the next eight years in a buyout scenario. Abby produced only six goals and 13 assists to go with a minus-14 rating this season, and it wouldn't be surprising if he's left undrafted in most shallow leagues in the fall. However, the entire Red Wings team should get a boost with Stevie Y in the front office, so a bounce-back season can't be ruled out, either.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Luke Glendening: Heading to Worlds
Glendening (undisclosed) is on the preliminary roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia from May 10-26, USA Hockey reports.
Glendening dealt with an undisclosed issue that cut his 2018-19 campaign short by four games, but he should be all systems go for the international tournament. The Michigan native posted career highs in several categories this season, including points (23), hits (198) and blocked shots (102) through 78 contests.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Anthony Mantha: Kicks game up a notch
Mantha finished with 48 points this season, which matched his total from the 2017-18 campaign.
The net-front scorer finished with one more goal (25) and a single assist shy (23) in comparison to last year's totals, though he mirrored his shooting percentage of 12.6. However, his rate of productive spiked, as he still matched that third-year plateau despite appearing in 13 fewer contests due to a broken hand that required surgery in December. Mantha's best stretch took place late in the season, as he poured on seven goals and just as many helpers over a six-game span playing alongside Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi. If Mantha continues to adapt and learns how to be more consistent on a game-to-game basis, then it wouldn't be a stretch to think that he could be relied upon as a No. 2 fantasy forward in season-long leagues.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Tyler Bertuzzi: Invited to Worlds
Bertuzzi will be invited to the 2019 IIHF World Championship as a member of Team Canada, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
Even though it was too little, too late for the Red Wings, Bertuzzi caught fire late in the season, as the hard-nosed winger went four straight games with three points apiece and finished with 21 goals and 26 helpers through 73 contests. Additionally, Bert earned 1:43 of average ice time on the man advantage and compiled six points in that key special teams spot. He was rather clutch based on four game-winning tallies, and No. 59 topped all of his teammates with a plus-11 rating and a shooting percentage of 16.0. There's tremendous fantasy upside with Bertuzzi, so consider nabbing him in the middle-to-late rounds of season-long drafts in the fall.... See More ... See Less
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