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Detroit Red Wings 2014-15 Season Primer

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The Detroit Red Wings are the next Atlantic division team in our 2014-15 season primer series.

Use the below Tabs to view Red Wings info for this upcoming season, as well as some numbers from last year.

2013-14 record: 39-28-15, 93 points
Where they finished: 4th in the Atlantic; tied for 7th in the East; tied for 14th in the NHL; lost 4-1 in the first round of playoffs against Boston

Player Salaries: $72,576,667 (22)
Cap Payroll: $63,729,545
Bonuses: $1,215,833
Cap Space: $5,270,455
Bonus Overages from Last year: $3,017,500
Forwards: $35,932,879 (14)
Defensemen: $17,637,500 (6)
Goalies: $7,141,667 (2)
Source: CapGeek.com

In: Andy Miele C, Kevin Porter W/C, Tomas Nosek LW

Out: Cory Emmerton C/LW, David Legwand C/LW, Willie Coetzee RW

2014-15 Team Outlook:

Coming off a somewhat disappointing season (by Detroit standards) in 2013-14, in which almost every big name player missed some time to injury, the Wings are hoping to bounce back this year in a big way.

Detroit, who is an elite franchise when it comes to player development, got solid contributions from young players who had previously been busting their chops in the minors for two or three years. One of those players was Gustav Nyquist, who in only 57 games with Detroit managed to pot 28 goals and 48 points, despite only combining for 4 goals and 13 points in his previous 40 games of NHL experience over the two seasons prior. The fact that the team still managed to make the playoffs last year speaks volumes to the level of talent the organization employs in the AHL, as well as behind the bench.

This offseason the Wings decided to remain quiet and not overpay for any free agents; likely a lesson learned after giving Stephen Weiss a five-year, $24.5 million deal last summer. They had been linked to right-handed defensemen Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen, but ended up not getting either via free agency. It has been said that if Daniel Alfredsson does indeed elect to return to the NHL, Detroit is the only team in the running, so when it’s all said and done, Alfie could be back in the mix as well.

The team that is going to be laid out on the ice doesn’t include any new faces from the one they put together last year, but because the veterans will be back the lineup, it could look little different.

The bulk of the offense will come from the top-six unit, although the team should actually employ a pretty good scoring third-line this year as well. On the top-line the usual suspects of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk will be there, along with one of Justin Abdelkader (one of Babcock’s and Datsyuk’s favourites), Gustav Nyquist, or potentially even rookie Anthony Mantha (although this goes against Detroit’s philosophy for developing prospects). The top-six will be rounded out with Stephan Weiss, Johan Franzen, and either Nyquist or Tomas Tatar. Detroit’s bottom-six is going to be some combination of Danny Cleary, Drew Miller, Riley Sheahan, Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco, and Darren Helm. Other players with outside shots of making the forward group are Luke Glendening, Teemu Pulkkinen, the aforementioned Mantha.

Defensively the Wings will look very similar to last season, with the only difference being if one of their young defenders makes the jump from Grand Rapids to Detroit after a good camp. The prospects who could be in line for said call up are Ryan Sproul, Alexey Marchenko, and Xavier Ouellet, although they remain a long-shot, barring injury. The actually defense line-up will likely find Niklas Kronwall paired with Jonathan Ericsson on the top unit, followed by some combination of Brendan Smith, Dan DeKeyser, Jakub Kindl, and Kyle Quincey.

The goaltending combination of Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson leaves a lot to be desired, but should be good enough to win their fair share of games. Behind those two the Wings have the 22 year old Petr Mrazek, who is one of the better goalie prospects in the NHL, posting a 1.80 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in 11 NHL games played so far in his career. Should Howard go down with an injury, Mrazek will be up in no time and likely receiving most of the starts over Gustavsson.

With a healthy group of veterans, mixed with the youth that stepped up last season in their absence, the Wings could be a really dangerous team this season. Injuries are always going to be a concern with the star players that they have, but assuming they stay healthy, it should be a good year for Detroit. They are no longer the powerhouse that they once were, but definitely have the talent and coaching to continue their tradition as a playoff team. Should the Wings make the playoffs next season, it will be the team’s 24th consecutive trip to the postseason, crazy.

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91.

The depth chart listed below was taken from NHL.com’s 30-in-30. 

FORWARDS
Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar - Stephen Weiss - Johan Franzen
Justin Abdelkader - Darren Helm - Tomas Jurco
Riley Sheahan - Joakim Andersson - Drew Miller
Luke Glendening - Daniel Cleary

DEFENSEMEN
Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith - Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey - Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff

GOALTENDERS
Jimmy Howard
Jonas Gustavsson

Forwards POS HT WT DOB BIRTH PLACE
Justin Abdelkader L 6′ 1″ 219 25-Feb-87 MUSKEGON, MI, USA
Joakim Andersson C 6′ 2″ 206 5-Feb-89 MUNKEDAL, SWE
Daniel Cleary R 6′ 0″ 208 18-Dec-78 CARBONEAR, NL, CAN
Pavel Datsyuk C 5′ 11″ 198 20-Jul-78 SVERDLOVSK, RUS
Johan Franzen R 6′ 3″ 223 23-Dec-79 VETLANDA, SWE
Luke Glendening C 5′ 11″ 195 28-Apr-89 GRAND RAPIDS, MI, USA
Darren Helm C 5′ 11″ 192 21-Jan-87 ST. ANDREWS, MB, CAN
Andy Miele C 5′ 9″ 175 15-Apr-88 GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MI, USA
Drew Miller L 6′ 2″ 178 17-Feb-84 DOVER, NJ, USA
Gustav Nyquist R 5′ 11″ 185 1-Sep-89 HALMSTAD, SWE
Kevin Porter C 5′ 9″ 191 12-Mar-86 DETROIT, MI, USA
Riley Sheahan C 6′ 2″ 212 7-Dec-91 ST. CATHARINES, ON, CAN
Tomas Tatar L 5′ 10″ 186 1-Dec-90 ILAVA, SVK
Stephen Weiss C 5′ 11″ 190 3-Apr-83 TORONTO, ON, CAN
Henrik Zetterberg L 5′ 11″ 197 9-Oct-80 NJURUNDA, SWE
Defensemen HT WT AGE DOB BIRTH PLACE
Danny Dekeyser 6′ 3″ 190 24 7-Mar-90 DETROIT, MI, USA
Jonathan Ericsson 6′ 4″ 221 30 2-Mar-84 KARLSKRONA, SWE
Jakub Kindl 6′ 3″ 216 27 10-Feb-87 SUMPERK, CZE
Niklas Kronwall 6′ 0″ 190 33 12-Jan-81 STOCKHOLM, SWE
Brian Lashoff 6′ 3″ 212 24 16-Jul-90 ALBANY, NY, USA
Kyle Quincey 6′ 2″ 207 28 12-Aug-85 KITCHENER, ON, CAN
Brendan Smith 6′ 2″ 198 25 8-Feb-89 MIMICO, ON, CAN
Goalies HT WT AGE DOB BIRTH PLACE
Jonas Gustavsson 6′ 3″ 192 29 24-Oct-84 DANDERYD, SWE
Jimmy Howard 6′ 0″ 218 30 26-Mar-84 SYRACUSE, NY, USA

A look at the Detroit Red Wings top prospects heading into this season. Each source may use different classifications as to if a player is deemed a prospect or has graduated on from a prospect.

RK NHL.com ESPN
Corey Pronman
Dobber Prospects Hockeys Future The Hockey News
1 Anthony Mantha Anthony Mantha Teemu Pulkkinen Anthony Mantha Anthony Mantha
2 Xavier Ouellet Xavier Ouellet Tomas Jurco Petr Mrazek Tomas Jurco
3 Teemu Pulkkinen Teemu Pulkkinen Petr Mrazek Tomas Jurco Dylan Larkin
4 Andreas Athanasiou Dylan Larkin Anthony Mantha Dylan Larkin Xavier Ouellet
5 Ryan Sproul Ryan Sproul Riley Sheahan Riley Sheahan Riley Sheahan
6 Dylan Larkin Mattias Backman Ryan Sproul Xavier Ouellet Ryan Sproul
7 Tyler Bertuzzi Petr Mrazek Xavier Ouellet Ryan Sproul Petr Mrazek
8 Zach Nastasiuk Alexei Marchenko Andreas Athanasiou Teemu Pulkkinen Andreas Athanasiou
9 Jake Paterson Mattias Janmark Tyler Bertuzzi Andreas Athanasiou Teemu Pulkkinen
10 Mattias Janmark Martin Frk Martin Frk Alexei Marchenko Martin Frk

* Dobber Prospects – Prospects based on relevance in a fantasy-hockey keeper league, not actual talent on the ice.

Detroit Red Wings Draft History from the past five years

2014 Draft
Rd. Draft # Player Pos. Team Ht. Wt.
1 15 Dylan Larkin LW USA (NTDP-17) 6′ 0″ 190
4 106 Christoffer Ehn C Frolunda Jr.  (SHL) 6′ 3″ 181
5 136 Thomas Perry G Wenatchee (NAHL) 6′ 2″ 189
6 166 Julius Vahatalo LW Tps Jr. (FIN) 6′ 5″ 191
7 196 Axel Holmstrom C Skelleftea Jr. (SWE) 6′ 0″ 198
7 201 Alexander Kadeykin C Mytischi (RUS) 6′ 3″ 213
2013 Draft
1 20 Anthony Mantha LW Val-d’Or (QMJHL) 6′ 4′ 190
2 48 Zach Nastasiuk RW Owen Sound (OHL) 6′ 1″ 190
2 58 Tyler Bertuzzi LW Guelph (OHL) 6′ 0″ 178
3 79 Mattias JanmarkNylen C AIK (SWE) 6′ 1″ 190
4 109 David Pope LW West Kelowna (BCHL ) 6′ 2″ 187
5 139 Mitchell Wheaton D Kelowna (WHL ) 6′ 4″ 228
6 169 Marc Mcnulty D Prince George (WHL ) 6′ 6″ 185
7 199 Hampus Melen RW Tingsryd (SWE) 6′ 2″ 165
2012 Draft
2 49 Martin Frk RW Halifax (QMJHL) 6′ 0″ 198
3 80 Jake Paterson G Saginaw (OHL) 6′ 1″ 183
4 110 Andreas Athanasiou C/LW London (OHL) 6′ 0″ 165
5 140 Michael McKee D Lincoln (USHL) 6′ 4″ 229
6 170 James De Haas D Toronto Lakeshore (OJHL) 6′ 2″ 197
7 200 Rasmus Bodin LW Ostersunds (Swe) 6′ 6″ 207
2011 Draft
2 35 Tomas Jurco RW Saint John (QMJHL) 6′ 0″ 175
2 48 Xavier Ouellet D Montreal (QMJHL) 6′ 0″ 174
2 55 Ryan Sproul D Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 6′ 4″ 190
3 85 Alan Quine F Peterborough (OHL) 5’11″ 172
4 115 Marek Tvrdon F Vancouver (WHL) 6′ 0″ 178
5 145 Philippe Hudon F Choate (CT HS) 6′ 1″ 185
5 146 Mattias Backman D Linkoping Jr (Swe) 6′ 2″ 170
6 175 Richard Nedomlel D Swift Current (WHL) 6′ 4″ 205
7 205 Alexei Marchenko D CSKA (Rus) 6′ 2″ 183
2010 Draft
1 21 Riley Sheahan C NDU (CCHA) 6′ 1″ 200
2 51 Calle Jarnkrok C Brynas Jr. 6′ 0″ 190
3 81 Louis-Marc Aubry C Montreal 6′ 3″ 186
4 111 Teemu Pulkkinen F Jokerit 5’10″ 183
5 141 Petr Mrazek G Ottawa 6′ 0″ 162
6 171 Brooks Macek RW Tri-City 5’11″ 180
7 201 Benjamin Marshall D Mahtomedi 5′ 9″ 160
Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
Daniel Alfredsson 68 18 31 49 2 10 4 0 4 151 11.9
Niklas Kronwall 79 8 41 49 0 44 5 0 0 110 7.3
Henrik Zetterberg 45 16 32 48 19 20 3 0 1 151 10.6
Gustav Nyquist 57 28 20 48 16 10 6 0 6 153 18.3
Johan Franzen 54 16 25 41 6 40 7 0 4 149 10.7
Tomas Tatar 73 19 20 39 12 30 2 0 3 158 12
Pavel Datsyuk 45 17 20 37 1 6 6 0 2 126 13.5
Justin Abdelkader 70 10 18 28 2 31 1 0 3 147 6.8
Riley Sheahan 42 9 15 24 8 6 2 0 1 59 15.3
Danny Dekeyser 65 4 19 23 10 30 1 1 0 84 4.8
Darren Helm 42 12 8 20 2 14 1 2 3 83 14.5
Jakub Kindl 66 2 17 19 -4 24 0 0 0 93 2.2
Brendan Smith 71 5 14 19 -2 68 1 0 0 90 5.6
Joakim Andersson 65 8 9 17 -11 12 0 0 1 78 10.3
Todd Bertuzzi 59 9 7 16 -17 40 6 0 0 100 9
Drew Miller 82 7 8 15 -11 21 0 0 1 117 6
Tomas Jurco 36 8 7 15 0 14 2 0 0 77 10.4
Kyle Quincey 82 4 9 13 -5 88 0 0 1 106 3.8
David Legwand 21 4 7 11 -9 31 2 0 2 39 10.3
Jonathan Ericsson 48 1 10 11 2 34 0 0 0 66 1.5
Daniel Cleary 52 4 4 8 -11 31 0 0 1 64 6.3
Luke Glendening 56 1 6 7 -8 22 0 0 0 54 1.9
Brian Lashoff 75 1 5 6 -2 36 0 0 0 38 2.6
Patrick Eaves 25 2 3 5 -4 2 1 0 0 51 3.9
Stephen Weiss 26 2 2 4 -4 12 0 0 1 28 7.1
Mikael Samuelsson 26 1 2 3 -4 6 0 0 0 36 2.8
Cory Emmerton 18 0 2 2 -2 4 0 0 0 22 0
Jordin Tootoo 11 0 1 1 -3 5 0 0 0 11 0
Adam Almquist 2 1 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 2 50
Landon Ferraro 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Mitch Callahan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teemu Pulkkinen 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Alexey Marchenko 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Xavier Ouellet 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Ryan Sproul 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Goalie GPI GS MIN GAA W L OT SO SA GA SV%
Jimmy Howard 51 50 3004 2.66 21 19 11 2 1482 133 0.910
Jonas Gustavsson 27 26 1551 2.63 16 5 4 0 735 68 0.907
Petr Mrazek 9 6 449 1.74 2 4 0 2 178 13 0.927

Performance and Usage Charts for the Detroit Red Wings from last season, from Extra Skater.

Detroit Red Wings 2013-2014 cumulative 5v5 close FF

Detroit Red Wings 2013-2014 game-by-game 5v5 close FF

Detroit Red Wings 2013-2014 rolling 10-game 5v5 close FF

Detroit Red Wings 2013-2014 rolling 10-game 5v5 PDO

Detroit Red Wings 2013-2014 player usage

One Comment

  1. Phil Buzzette

    September 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Helm to RW