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Detroit’s youth brigade just might save them

Jul 20, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

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If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was all doom and gloom for the Red Wings when it comes to their future. Things didn’t go their way this summer in free agency and life without Nicklas Lidstrom seems mildly terrifying.

Funny thing about all that, it’s not totally grim as Detroit has a bevy of prospects on the way that give them a reason to be hopeful and some of them might not be too far off, either.

Some guys you’ve gotten a peek at already. Forward Gustav Nyquist is a former University of Maine product the Wings are high on as a potential offensive weapon. Brendan Smith is a former Wisconsin defenseman the Wings hope can help fill the void left by Lidstrom’s retirement and Brad Stuart‘s departure to San Jose. That’s asking a lot of Smith, but he’ll have every opportunity to make his mark this season.

Looking further ahead, Detroit’s future forward corps looks potentially scary. Tricky skill players like 2011 draft pick Tomas Jurco, 2012 pick Martin Frk, and a slew of 2010 picks like Riley Sheahan, Calle Jarnkrok, and Teemu Pulkkinen are all high on Detroit’s list of hopeful Wings stars.

Some may be eager to start tossing dirt on the Red Wings’ run of success, but the kids just might be all right to prevent a downturn in the Motor City.

  1. paperkid96 - Jul 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Paid for an approved by the Ken Holland for President.

  2. tristanc19 - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    The Wings have the youth to help get them through this. They faced the same kind of issue in the early 2000’s when all their impact players started getting older. That’s when they brought in young players like Datsyuk and Zetterberg. As a Wings fan I’m exciting to see what Nyquist and Smith can bring to the table.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Don’t forget the steal of Martin Frk in the 2nd round this year.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Ahh you didn’t, my bad

  4. brutal70 - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    The Wings will be just fine.

    • polegojim - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      Exactly – no panic necessary.

      This year ‘is what it is’, but very positive AND keeping a TON of money for future.

      I’d prefer to do most of the rebuilding… from within.

      Red Wings are not the Florida Marlins.

  5. wingsfan40 - Jul 20, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    why would they need them listen here would be the forward lines datsyuk-franzen- berrtuzzi
    zetterberg-filpula- samulson
    tootoo- helm-abdelkader
    miller-emmerton- cleary/holmstrom!! you dont need guys like nyquist yet

    • zaksyuk - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      bad set up bro

  6. redwingsfan999 - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I have faith in the wings young guys

  7. ray2013 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I think Lidstrom deserves to be in anyone’s top 5 d-men of all-time list. He played at such a high level for so long, he’s pretty much irreplaceable. He retires and they didn’t bring in any elite d-men to replace him.

    I think they make the playoffs. But one serious injury or two, and they could easily be out of the playoffs. Losing an elite, all-world d-man is that valuable to a team, IMO. If you need any proof look at Shea Weber’s situation. Giving up four first-round picks for the right to sign him to a 14 year, $110 million contract.

    • ray2013 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      You don’t replace Lidstrom’s proven production with prospects and expect to maintain level of play.

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