End of an Era
With Pavel Datsyuk retiring from the NHL to play at home in Russia, and the departure of long time general manager Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings fans knew the upcoming season was going to be different. They could not have expected the drastic changes that occurred over one off season. Without the internal burden of continuing the 25 year old playoff streak, fresh minds looking at the Mo-town roster decided that a complete tear down of the team was needed to have a chance at a championship in the future. Synonymous with the team leaving the Joe Louis Arena, the team is leaving the shadow of the old guard, and are now showcasing the new era of talent for Detroit. In a city that is rebuilding, so too is the hockey team. Dylan Larkin is the face of the new forward group, while newly acquired Matt Muray has the potential to be the best goalie the franchise has seen since Dominik Hasek. Currently the team has 8 draft picks in the upcoming draft, 6 of which in the top 60 picks. Additionally, the bus between Detroit and Grand Rapids will be busy as the team plans on rotating young players between the NHL to see their current ability and the AHL where they can develop what needs to be worked on.