3 reasons Jakob Chychrun would make a lot of sense for the Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings need defense, and an intra-divisional rival may be willing to send over Jakob Chychrun.

Jan 25, 2024; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) shoots the puck in
Jan 25, 2024; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) shoots the puck in / Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
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Chychrun adds a legitimate layer of help in the defensive zone

As good as the Red Wings have been with the puck in their possession (currently fifth in goals scored with 180 as of February 12th), defense has been another story. Therefore, a player as talented as Chychrun provides a layer that should ease the Red Wings pain in the defensive zone this season. 

So far, Detroit hasn’t been awful defensively, ranking 20th in the league with 164 goals allowed. However, they have had major issues at goaltender, with only Alex Lyon putting up a solid campaign with a 0.921 save percentage, a 2.54 GAA, and two shutouts in 22 games. 

However, Lyon isn’t a full-time No. 1 goaltender, as he has shared the net with Ville Husso and James Reimer. Neither has enjoyed a brilliant year, so adding someone who has gotten in the way of shooting lanes time and again this season will help alleviate those issues. 

This isn’t to claim Chychrun will be a complete difference-maker, as Reimer and Husso must hold up their respective ends of the deal at times. But since the 25-year-old has 81 blocks this season and is approaching a career-high, his presence will more than help.

At this point, Chychrun would only need to stay healthy for the remainder of the season and the playoffs should he arrive in Detroit and do his part in preventing opponents from constantly scoring on Reimer and Husso. Should Chychrun come to the Motor City and add that layer of defense, the Red Wings are likely to make the playoffs.