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How Steve Yzerman Has Built The Red Wings



Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings GM
Just 8 players remain with the Detroit Red Wings who were part of the organization prior to the arrival of current GM Steve Yzerman.

Tyler Bertuzzi is among a growing minority on the roster of the Detroit Red Wings. He was here prior to Steve Yzerman taking over as GM of the Red Wings – and he’s still here.

Threre’s not many of them left. Bertuzzi is one of just eight holders from the pre-Yzerman era on Detroit’s current NHL roster that is off to a 2-0-1 start to the 2021-22 season.

“Obviously it’s been a tough couple of years but that happens sometimes in sports,” Bertuzzi assessed of the team’s rebuild. “We have a lot of young guys coming in right now that are earning jobs and playing big roles that will help in the long run.

“Just the chemistry and getting everyone together, building from the core and out. It feels good to get off to this start. We just gotta keep it going.”

Let’s look at how rapidly Yzerman has reshaped this Red Wings team during his 2+ seasons in charge.


Tyler Bertuzzi, LW. Scorer of 10 goals over his last 12 game, Bertuzzi was selected 58th overall during the 2013 NHL entry draft.

Danny DeKeyser, D. Signed as a free agent on March 29, 2013. Longest-serving current Red Wings player with 491 games played.

Filip Hronek, D. Selected 53rd overall in the 2106 NHL entry draft. Hronek and Paul Coffey are only D to lead Red Wings in scoring.

Dylan Larkin, C. The Red Wings captain was selected 15th overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft.

Gustav Lindstrom D. Selected 38th overall in the 2017 NHL entry draft. Steady defender has two points in three games this season.

Michael Rasmussen, C. Selected ninth overall in the 2017 NHL entry draft. Scored eight goals as a rookie in 2018-19.

Givani Smith, RW. Selected 46th overall in the 2016 NHL entry draft. Brother Gemel Smith is also a pro hockey player with NHL experience.

Filip Zadina, RW. Selected sxith overall in the 2018 NHL entry draft. Part of final draft run by former Wings GM Ken Holland.

Trade Acquistions

Adam Erne, LW. Erne scored a career-high 11 goals last season. He was acquired August 14, 2019 from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2020 fourth round draft pick.

Robby Fabbri, C. Acquired November 6, 2019 from the St. Louis Blues for Jacob De La Rose. Fabbri was a 2018-19 Stanley Cup winner in St. Louis.

Sam Gagner, RW. Acquired from the Edmonton Oilers with a 2020 and 2021 second round draft picks for Andreas Athanasiou and Ryan Kuffner on February 24, 2020. Once scored eight points in an NHL game.

Nick Leddy, D. Aquired from the New York Islanders for Richard Panik and a 2021 second round draft pick on July 16, 2021. Won a Stanley Cup with the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks.

Alex Nedeljkovic, G. Acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes for Jonathan Bernier and a 2021 third round draft pick on July 22, 2021. Led NHL in GAA (1.90) and save percentage (.932) last season.

Marc Staal, D. Acquired from the New York Rangers on September 26, 2020 with a 2021 second-round draft pick for future considerations. One of three brothers to play in the NHL.

Mitchell Stephens, C. Acquired July 30, 2021 from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2022 sixth round draft pick. Was part of back-to-back Cup winners in Tampa Bay.

Jakub Vrana, LW. Vrana has scored eight goals in 11 games as a Red Wing. Acquired from the Washington Capitals on April 12, 2021 with Richard Panik, a 2021 first round and 2022 second round draft picks for Anthony Mantha.

Free Agent Signings

Thomas Greiss, G. Signed as a free agent on October 10, 2020. Griess is 8-0-3 in his last 11 decisions.

Vladislav Namestnikov, LW. Nephew of two-time Red Wings Stanley Cup champ Slava Kozlov was signed as a free agent on October 11, 2020.

Jordan Oesterle, D. Signed as a free agent on July 28, 2021. College teammate of Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser at Western Michigan.

Carter Rowney, RW. Signed as a free agent on September 2, 2021. Won a Stanley Cup with the 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Troy Stecher, D. Signed as a free agent on October 10, 2020. Won a gold medal with Canada at 2021 IIHF World Championship.

Pius Suter, C. Signed as a free agent on July 28, 2021. Suter scored five goals against the Red Wings in eight games last season as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks

Draft Picks

Lucas Raymond, RW. Selected fourth overall in the 2020 NHL entry draft. First Yzerman draft pick to score a goal for the Red Wings.

Moritz Seider, D. Selected sixth overall in 2019 NHL entry draft. Yzerman’s first draft pick as Red Wings GM.