Red Wings 2021 Final Opening Night Roster Prediction

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 11: Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings looks to get a shot off in front of Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Little Caesars Arena on March 11, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 11: Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings looks to get a shot off in front of Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Little Caesars Arena on March 11, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Right Wingers

Filip Zadina has looked excellent during the preseason playing on the top line with Larkin.  Until Jakub Vrana comes back from injury in February, I believe head coach Jeff Blashill will give Zadina the chance to play an offensive role with Larkin and Bertuzzi.

During the first preseason game, Lucas Raymond looked terrific on a line with Suter and Fabbri.  With Vrana out for four months following shoulder surgery, Raymond deserves the chance to see if he can play in the NHL on a nightly basis.

Bobby Ryan is finished with his professional tryout and should sign a one-year contract with the Red Wings before opening night.  He brings a veteran presence both on and off the ice and he can play anywhere in the lineup including on a half-wall during the power play.

Sam Gagner can play in all situations and easily slots into the 4th line with Stephens and Erne.

Opening Night Right Wingers: Filip Zadina, Lucas Raymond, Bobby Ryan, Sam Gagner

LTIR: Jakub Vrana (shoulder)