Red Wings Organization Grade: Yzerman and Blashill

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Whether fans like it or not, Steve Yzerman saw enough in Jeff Blashill to bring him back for another two seasons: they will be the two faces of the organization heading forward. How did the duo fair in their campaign to improve the rebuilding Wings in 2020-21?

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2020 Draft

One of the more exciting developments of the 2020-21 season has been the development of prospects throuhgout the pipeline. Players like Jonatan Berggren and, of course, Moritz Seider had  breakout seasons.

Yzerman’s 2020 draft class hasn’t been too loud thus far, but there are plenty of promising signs. Multiple players have already signed entry level contracts with the organization, and look to be playing with the Griffins next season.

After the cancellation of the OHL, 3rd round pick Donavan Sebrango earned his ELC with his very solid season in Grand Rapids, comfortably playing with more experienced players and illustrating hockey IQ well beyond his age. Fellow 3rd rounder Eemil Viro also apparently impressed the organization while playing in the Liiga in Finland, as he also earned an ELC. The third prospect from the 2020 draft class to sign an ELC this year was Lucas Raymond, the player with the most raw talent in Detroit’s entire pipeline. Although they haven’t officially signed with the organization yet, William Wallander and Theodor Neiderbach also had very solid years over in the SHL.

It’s just too early to truly give this draft a grade. Too many players are still working their way up the pipeline, and nearly all faced altered Covid-19 seasons. Player’s like Theodor Neiderbach and William Wallander weren’t drafted to slot into an NHL role within just a couple years, both still need plenty of time to develop. It’ll be a while before fans can truly analyze the class, but for now, they can be excited about the potential they’ve already seen.

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