8 Reasons The Detroit Red Wings Season Will Be Great

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As August begins to wind down and we’re on the cusp of the 2015-2016 season, our focus turns more to what this season will bring.  With training camp around the corner, and exhibition games a month away, we’ll take a look at what gives us optimism before any of it starts up–and that optimism fades as realism begins to take hold. So before it all starts, let’s take a look at 8 reasons the Wings’ season looks bright.

Mar 31, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Teemu Pulkkinen (56) makes a pass in the first period against the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Teemu Pulkkinen is Free

After the Wings struggled to score goals in the final two games of their first round series against Tampa Bay, we could only wonder if Teemu Pulkkinen would have made a difference. He set the AHL ablaze in the playoffs–scoring 14 goals in 16 games–a statement that maybe the Red Wings should have thought twice about sending him down.

Now having to pass through waviers, Pulkkinen is a Red Wing and has a new coach that will maximize his offensive output. A common complaint by many fans was that Mike Babcock tried to force square pegs into round holes constantly–Tomas Jurco, Pulkkinen, and the early mental battles with Tomas Tatar come to mind. With Babs in Toronto, Jeff Blashill leads a team very familiar with him (and very happy with him). Pulkkinen’s numbers with Blash in charge were staggering.  His skating has improved and he’s got the booming shot. And apparently, he believes that it’s his time to shine with the Wings.

Pissed Pulkky produces. The Marlies and Ice Hogs can vouch for that.

Next: #2: Blashill - Babcock = Win