Commentary

Summer Skate: Detroit Red Wings

How do the Red Wings plan to fill the inevitable holes of an aging roster?

Updated: September 6, 2011, 1:54 PM ET
By Rob Vollman and Corey Pronman | Hockey Prospectus

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Detroit. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are a great but aging team, losing veterans Chris Osgood, Brian Rafalski, Kris Draper and possibly Mike Modano to retirement this year.

They are led by their remaining veteran talent such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Detroit has one of the league's best minor league systems of prospects, and great opportunities will soon become available for young players, given the age of many players on Red Wings' roster.


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Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.