The Detroit Red Wings found their likely replacement for Luke Glendening when they acquired Mitchell Stephens from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
Stephens, 24, started last season as the Lightning’s fourth-line center until he suffered a serious knee injury. He is a right-shot, which the Red Wings need. He didn’t play during the Lightning’s Stanley Cup run last season, but played with the team during the 2019-20 run.
Stephens has appeared in 45 games for the back-to-back Stanley Cup-champion Lightning over the last two seasons, totaling seven points (3-4-7) and 10 penalty minutes.
He was the Lightning’s second-round pick in 2015 when Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman was still Tampa Bay’s GM. Stephens has shown a scoring touch in the American League. In four games last season for the Syracuse Crunch, he totaled eight points.