Sportsnaut.com recently ranked the rebuilding Detroit Red Wings at No. 26 on the NHL power rankings, just behind the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators.
The Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres are ranked below them. It is a fair assessment. The Red Wings were 27th last season in the NHL standings. The league went from 31 to 32 teams with the addition of the expansion Seattle Kraken this offseason.
Based on the improvement we’ve seen in the offseason, Detroit Hockey Now projects the Red Wings to finish higher in the standings. The goaltending has been upgraded with the trade for Alex Nedeljkovic and the defense will be upgraded with the addition of Nick Leddy, Moritz Seider and Jordan Oesterle. The offense will be more dangerous with Pius Suter at the No. 2 center, and improved play from Michael Rasmussen, Filip Zadina among others.
We have the Red Wings at 23rd, with a chance to move if Suter, Seider, Zadina, Jonatan Berggren or Jakub Vrana exceeds expectation.