Season preview: Red Wings depth chart
theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.
The Detroit Red Wings have not missed the playoffs since 1990, but there's a very real possibility that Joe Louis arena will not host a game past the upcoming regular season, thanks in no small part to the premature departure of Pavel Datsyuk.
Here's a look at the projected depth chart for 2016-17.
|Henrik Zetterberg||Dylan Larkin||Gustav Nyquist|
|Justin Abdelkader||Frans Nielsen||Thomas Vanek|
|Tomas Tatar||Darren Helm||Andreas Athanasiou|
|Drew Miller||RileySheahan||Luke Glendening|
- Veteran center Steve Ott will be battling for playing time, while Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Jurco will also be attempting to assert their presence in the lineup.
- Dylan Larkin is the new face of the franchise, but it's probably too soon to expect him to serve as the top-line center.
|Danny DeKeyser||Mike Green|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Brendan Smith||Alexei Marchenko|
- The state of the blue line could be the biggest reason why Detroit's playoff streak comes to an end.
- Jimmy Howard is at the top simply because of his salary, but Petr Mrazek is the better option and will take over the starting job for good sooner than later.