After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands ahead of the 2022-23 regular season, which starts on Oct. 7. Today, the Detroit Red Wings:
2021-22 season: 32-40-10, sixth in Atlantic Division; did not qualify for Stanley Cup Playoffs
Andrew Copp, F: The 28-year-old signed a five-year contract on July 13 after setting NHL career highs in goals (21), assists (32) and points (53) in 72 games for the Winnipeg Jets and New York Rangers last season. Copp fills a hole at second-line center behind Dylan Larkin, his former University of Michigan teammate, and can play on both the power play and penalty kill. … Ben Chiarot, D: The 31-year-old signed a four-year contract on July 13 after setting NHL career highs in assists (17) and points (26) and tying his career high in goals (nine) in 74 games for the Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers last season. Chiarot, who is focused on the defensive side of the puck first, adds size (6-foot-3, 234 pounds) and will likely play the left side on a pair with one of the Red Wings’ two younger defensemen: Moritz Seider (21) or Filip Hronek (24). … Ville Husso, G: The 27-year-old signed a three-year contract on July 8 after he was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues for a third-round pick (No. 73) in the 2022 NHL Draft. Husso, who went 25-7-6 with a 2.56 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in 40 games (38 starts) for the Blues last season, is expected split time with Alex Nedeljkovic. … David Perron, F: The 34-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 13 after he had 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) in 67 games for the Blues last season. Perron, who won the Stanley Cup with St. Louis in 2019, fills a hole as a right-shot winger, especially on the power play, when he had 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) last season. … Dominik Kubalik, F: The 26-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 13 after he had 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 78 games for the Chicago Blackhawks last season. He scored 30 goals for the Blackhawks as a rookie in 2019-20. … Olli Maatta, D: The 27-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 14 after he had eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 66 games for the Los Angeles Kings last season. Like Chiarot, Maatta, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017), is a defensive defenseman who adds size (6-2, 210) and will likely play the left side on a pair with Seider or Hronek. … Derek Lalonde, coach: The 49-year-old, who was hired on June 30 to replace Jeff Blashill, was an assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning the past four seasons, including winning the Cup in 2020 and 2021.
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Marc Staal, D: Staal signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers on July 13 after he had 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 71 games last season. … Thomas Greiss, G: Greiss signed a one-year contract with the Blues on July 13 after going 10-15-1 with a 3.66 GAA and .891 save percentage in 31 games (28 starts) last season. … Sam Gagner, F: Gagner, who is still an unrestricted free agent, had 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 81 games last season. … Danny DeKeyser, D: DeKeyser, who is also still an unrestricted free agent, has played his entire 10-season NHL career in his native Detroit. He had 11 assists in 59 games last season.
On the cusp
Simon Edvinsson, D: The 19-year-old, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract on April 24, will have a chance to make the NHL roster after playing for Sweden at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton from Aug. 9-20. Edvinsson, the No. 6 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, was a finalist for rookie of the year in the Swedish Hockey League last season after he had 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in 44 games for Frolunda. … Jonatan Berggren, F: The 22-year-old, who was selected in the second round (No. 33) of the 2018 NHL Draft, led Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League with 64 points (21 goals, 43 assists) in 70 games last season. … Elmer Soderblom, F: The 21-year-old, a sixth-round pick (No. 159) in the 2019 NHL Draft, had 33 points (21 goals, 12 assists) in 52 games for Frolunda last season.
What they still need
General manager Steve Yzerman said he is content with the roster entering training camp, so for now, the Red Wings need their new coaching staff to sort out the returning players and new pieces. They need everyone to jell.
They said it
“I think we’ve addressed some needs. I’m hoping we’re a better team. I think we’re progressing slowly in this rebuilding of the Red Wings. Are we good enough to make the playoffs [this season]? I don’t know.” — general manager Steve Yzerman
Jakub Vrana was limited to 26 games last season because of shoulder surgery, but the left wing had 19 points (13 goals, six assists) and ranked fifth in the NHL in 5-on-5 goals per 60 minutes (1.52; minimum 25 games). Vrana, who has scored 21 goals in 37 games since being acquired by the Red Wings in a trade with the Washington Capitals on April 12, 2021, has an even higher fantasy ceiling this season with the additions of Copp, Perron and Kubalik. With the possibility of surpassing his NHL career high of 52 points he set in 69 games with the Capitals in 2019-20, Vrana should be considered a top 100 fantasy forward with breakout potential. — Anna Dua
Video: DET@TBL: Vrana puts Detroit up with 2nd goal of game
Tyler Bertuzzi — Dylan Larkin — Lucas Raymond
Jakub Vrana — Andrew Copp — David Perron
Dominik Kubalik — Pius Suter — Filip Zadina
Adam Erne — Michael Rasmussen — Oskar Sundqvist
Ben Chiarot — Moritz Seider
Olli Maatta — Filip Hronek
Jordan Oesterle — Gustav Lindstrom
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