Isles Talk continues its 2014-15 season preview with a team that lost so many man games to injury and they still made the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive year, the Detroit Red Wings. There was no doubt that last year was a learning process for the Wings. That’s because many of the learning came from the young players who stepped up from the minors, having won the Calder the previous year and contributed while the veterans were on the mend. The Wings managed to get into the playoffs, but were eliminated by the Bruins 4-1. It’s what the younger players will do with this new found learning experience that will make or break this upcoming season.
Record: 39-28-15 93 points; 4th in Atlantic Division; 8th in Eastern Conference
Subtractions: C David Legwand, F Patrick Eaves, F Mikael Samuelsson, C Cory Emmerton, F Jordin Tootoo (buyout)
My Take: With the amount of injuries this team had, imagine what this team could do when healthy. The Red wings had by far the worst off season as they were not able to sign anyone, however, because of the youth movement and experience gained from last year, I think Detroit can unseat Montreal for 3rd place in the Atlantic. The Wings can improve while the season progresses and it will give Mike Babcock and company a chance to see what improvements need to be made if they want to make a longer run in the playoffs. The healthier the Wings are, the more points you’ll see.