Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades – Detroit Red Wings

Ian Gooding


For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


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Gone Bobby Ryan, Valtteri Filppula, Richard Panik, Evgeny Svechnikov, Darren Helm, Luke Glendening, Frans Nielsen, Mathias Brome, Christian Djoos, Dennis Cholowski, Alex Biega, Jonathan Bernier

Incoming Pius Suter, Mitchell Stephens, Nick Leddy, Jordan Oesterle, Alex Nedeljkovic

Impact of Changes – In one of the most surprising offseason trades, the Red Wings were able to add Calder Trophy finalist Nedeljkovic from Carolina for the negotiation rights to Bernier (who later signed with New Jersey) and a third-round pick. Unable to come to terms with the Hurricanes, the Wings immediately signed Nedeljkovic to a two-year contract. Nedeljkovic gives the Red Wings a goalie they can build around whi