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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Final Opening Night Predictions

Forwards (12)

Bertuzzi-Larkin-Zadina

Fabbri-Suter-Raymond

Namestnikov-Veleno-Ryan

Erne-Stephens-Gagner

Defense (6)

Leddy-Seider

DeKeyser-Hronek

Staal-Stecher

Goalies (2)

Greiss

Nedeljkovic

Extras (3)

Rowney

Oesterle

Lindstrom

IR (2)

Rasmussen

Smith

LTIR (1)

Vrana

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

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. Yesterday’s news that Berggren was assigned to Grand Rapids starts that process.

Berggren

Hirose

Renouf

Murphy

Witkowski

Pickard

Final Thoughts

This opening night roster has four new forwards along with two new defensemen and one new goaltender.  The seven new additions will create more depth on the Detroit roster which should translate into a better record.  This team will be more skilled, younger, and more competitive than last year.  This team will score more goals, especially on the power play.  With a stronger defense core, the Red Wings should allow fewer goals against.  This contributor to Octopus Thrower is excited to see this revamped lineup in action.

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