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Young winger should make the Red Wings a Western threat yet again

Originally Published: June 17, 2010
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Jiri HudlerJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJiri Hudler is going to be a welcome addition after a year in the KHL.

Plugging Holes -- Detroit Red Wings

The Hole: Youth at LW, RW

The Red Wings admittedly suffered an unfortunate number of injuries last season to the likes of Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall. However, the team is getting older by the day, and last season Detroit finished 21st in even-strength offense with a minus-0.9 GVT, 14th in total offense with a minus-3.5 GVT and 14th in goals per game with 2.72.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.