Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Detroit Red Wings

Peter Ryell


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

The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. 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.


Gone:  Mitchell Stephens, Turner Elson, Riley Barber, Marc Staal, Olli Juolevi, Dan Renouf, Ryan Murphy, Thomas Greiss, Calvin Pickard, Filip Larsson, Kaden Fulcher

Incoming: David Perron, Andrew Copp, Dominik Kubalik, Matt Luff, Austin Czarnik, Olli Maatta, Robert Hagg, Mark Pysyk, Ville Husso

Impact of changes: Detroit made some significant upgrades this offseason, essentially signing an entire second line with Perron, Copp and Kubalik. Perron in particular brings great power-play prowess, averaging 25 power-play points over his past three seasons with St. Louis and should be a valuable contributor and slot immediately onto the top unit. Copp had a slower year with Winnipeg during the first three quarters of the season, posting only 32 points in 55 games for a 0.58 point per game pace. However, when he was traded to the New York Rangers and lined up alongside Artemi Panarin he exploded for double that previous output. Now with Detroit, he will not have anyone of Panarin's calibre to play alongside and as a result will likely produce closer to his numbers with Winnipeg. Kubalik on the