Red Wings General Manager Steve Yzerman’s goal between the 2020 and 2021 season was not to create a Stanley Cup contender, but to bolster the development of rookies, round out the roster, and secure some draft capital. Halfway through the season, Red Wings fans are at the point where they can see the effects the offseason moves have had on the team. So, how did Stevie do?
Head of the Class – The A’s
Bobby Ryan – A
After a buyout from Ottawa last season, Bobby Ryan had his choice of teams to sign with. After a call from Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman, Ryan decided to take his talents to Detroit.
Ryan has been an important addition to a struggling Red Wings team. His production has been very solid so far as Red Wing, as he leads the team in both goals (6) and points (13). Ryan has been key to the second line of the Wings, and his leadership both on the ice and off has been evident. Productive veteran presence is key for a rebuilding team, and Ryan has provided just that.
Troy Stecher – A
Troy Stecher was signed by Detroit after the Vancover Canucks refused to match Detroit’s offer. The Red Wings are lucky the Canucks passed up on Stecher, because he’s easily been the best defensemen on the Red Wings this season. Often paired with Mark Staal, he has carried the duo to be not only the best defensive pair on the Red Wings, but one of the better pairings in the league.