Detroit Red Wings: 3 bold trade targets for this off-season

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Mar 12, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (81) passes the puck during the second period against Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Morgan Tencza-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Red Wings should consider trading for Kyle Connor.

Acquiring Kyler Connor would mean acquiring a talented scorer that Detroit has not had the fortune of dressing in red and white since the days of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. It’s a big ask, but the Detroit Red Wings must consider it.

Another Michigan native, the once 47-goal scorer, fits the timeline for the contending window that is expected for Detroit. At 26 years old, Connor put up 31 goals and 49 assists with Winnipeg this regular season and is currently putting his name on the scoresheets in the playoffs.

The Jets have a roster overflowing with talent and have greatly underperformed in the wins column. Between the need to eventually start paying hefty dollar figures to most of the roster and the pressure on Winnipeg’s management to shake things up in-house, Connor may be worth the high price tag he would carry.

He is one of the few younger players in the league that would be worth taking a bold swing on. It will take a lot, especially for the Jets to part ways with him, but why not consider another former Michigander to bring home and play for the Red Wings?