Our friends over at Daily Faceoff are doing a team-by-team fantasy hockey preview heading into the 2019-20 season. Today, we have the Red Wings.
The Detroit Red Wings have missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons after not missing once in 25 years.
Their front office underwent a big shift this offseason, with former captain Steve Yzerman returning to where it all began and long-time GM Ken Holland departing for the Edmonton Oilers vacancy. Yzerman did a tremendous job building a perennial favourite while he was at the helm in Tampa Bay and will be trying to do the same with the team that he played 22 years with.
His first offseason in Detroit was pretty boring. Yzerman nibbled around the edges, signing veterans like Valtteri Filppula, Patrik Nemeth, and Calvin Pickard. He also went way off the board when he picked defenseman Moritz Seider with the No.6 overall pick when Seider was projected to be a mid-first-round pick. Yzerman’s biggest move of an underwhelming offseason was signing 24-year-old, Finnish defenseman Oliwer Kaski. The undrafted free-agent signed a one-year, entry-level contract with Detroit after leading all SM-liiga defensemen with 51 points (19G / 32A) in 59 games last year. Kaski is a lanky defenseman with tremendous offensive skills but is likely headed to Grand Rapids (AHL) to start the season before likely transitioning to the NHL later in the year.