The Detroit Red Wings are a franchise based on winning, the Stanley Cup and loyalty.
For years they were a perennial Stanley Cup contender, making the playoffs year after year. Detroit has also been blessed with a few talented rosters, most of them containing a Hall of Famer or two.
For the past six seasons, the Red Wings have had bad luck and missed the playoffs. General Manager Steve Yzerman is determined to bring back a winning attitude and success.
He knew changes needed to be made after a dismal 2021/22 season where the team lacked effort and motivation. With cap space and an open mind, Yzerman wanted to make an impact or two ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Will the Detroit Red Wings’ upgrades lead to a playoff berth?
With free agency and the 2022 NHL Draft a week apart, Yzerman knew the time was right to make changes and once free agency arrived, he wasted no time.
With money to spend and loads of talent ready to be acquired, Yzerman got in and started early. The Red Wings needed to score, and they got it. The Red Wings needed depth, and they got it. The Red Wings needed left-handed defensemen, and they got it, and they needed insurance in goal, and they got it, too.
Amazingly, Yzerman accomplished all of this within 3 hours of the free agency period opening.
On board were forwards Andrew Copp, David Perron, Dominik Kubalik, Austin Czarnik and Matt Luff. The contracted defenders were Ben Chiarot, Olli Maatta and Mark Pysyk, while the goalkeeper City Husso was brought in via trade with the St. Louis Blues.
With the incredible amount of talent Yzerman has brought to the table in a short time, the Red Wings now have a full and energetic roster ready to compete for a playoff spot. While a Stanley Cup is still out of reach, a playoff berth is within reach.
We take a look at the Red Wings’ current depth chart by position, with center being first.