3 forwards the Red Wings must avoid in NHL free agency

Depending on who stays and who walks this offseason, the Detroit Red Wings may look for a forward in NHL free agency, but there are a few to avoid.
Nov 12, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA;  Los Angeles Kings right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33)
Nov 12, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) / Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
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Anthony Beauvillier, Nashville Predators

There is always that one player in free agency who you think could thrive off of a fresh start, and I’m not talking about two trades that player was part of in a single season here. Instead, someone like Anthony Beauvillier could use a fresh start and a full season, as doing so means he may return to the serviceable player he was and one who received top and middle-six minutes. 

Between 2017-18 and 2022-23, Beauvillier put up 18 or more goals in a season four different times, he was rather physical, and he also put up a solid 20 game-winning goals in that span. The 2023-24 season saw Beauvillier as a player at crossroads, in which he finished the year with 17 points and five goals in 60 contests, and there wasn’t a single area of his game that was enticing. 

While landing with the right team could turn around Beauvillier’s fortunes, he is, like Viktor Arvidsson, too much of a risk for the Red Wings this season. Steve Yzerman must sign surefire forwards, and there is nothing certain about a player who, even following his age-26 season, could already be seeing his career jet south. 

If Yzerman were to take a chance on a high-risk forward in free agency between Beauvillier and Arvidsson, he would be better off with the latter. But ideally, Yzerman would roll with someone at a reasonable price who can stay healthy and add another layer of production. 


(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference)