Red Wings 2021 Opening Night Roster Prediction 2.0

Apr 15, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Jakub Vrana (15) celebrates his goal on Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen (32) during the second period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Jakub Vrana (15) celebrates his goal on Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen (32) during the second period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /
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Opening Night Roster 2.0

Forwards (12)
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Vrana
Fabbri-Suter-Zadina
Namestnikov-Rasmussen-Gagner
Erne-Stephens-Rowney
Leddy-Seider
DeKeyser-Hronek
Staal-Stecher
Goalies (2)
Greiss
Nedeljkovic

Extras (3)

Oesterle

Lindstrom

Smith

Detroit will fill their AHL team with a blend of prospects and NHL veterans.  Most of the players on the list below will see time in Detroit throughout the season.

Top Prospects and NHL Veterans Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)

Berggren

Raymond

Veleno

Hirose

Renouf

Murphy

Witkowski

Pickard

Final Thoughts

Injuries during the pre-season will determine the opening night roster for the Red Wings.  Prior to Opening Night, I will make updates as changes occur to the Red Wings roster.  The opening night roster and extras that I have predicted has seven new players added to the Red Wings organization.  This team will be more competitive than last year, but they are still at least 2-3 years away from being a playoff contender.

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