Ten ‘first impressions’ of the 2022-2023 Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are off to a fast start to the 2022-2023 season. The Red Wings have earned six out of a possible eight points during the first four games of the season. The only blemishes on the season are two overtime losses at the hands of Chicago and Los Angeles. The Red Wings will host Anaheim in a matinee affair this afternoon; game time is 5:00 PM ET at Little Caesars Arena.

Here is a list of ten first impressions of the 2022-2023 Detroit Red Wings.

This team is BIG, really big

The line of Michael Rasmussen, Elmer Soderblom, and Oskar Sundqvist is the biggest line in NHL history. The line averages 6’6, 230 LBS. The Red Wings only have three players (Pius Suter, Lucas Raymond, and Robby Fabbri) under 6′ tall.

The depth is already being tested

Through free agency and the draft, the Red Wings assembled depth that had been absent during the playoff drought. With Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body) and Jakub Vrana (personal) out for indefinite periods of time, the Red Wings still possess four solid lines.

Husso and Nedeljkovic have been excellent

Ville Husso and Alex Nedeljkovic have been an excellent tandem for the Red Wings. Expect the duo to continue to share goaltending duties for most of the first half of the season.

Chiarot and Maatta are proven vets

Ben Chiarot and Olli Maatta have been excellent through four games. Maatta has five points to start the season, and Chiarot has one goal and two points. The pair also solidify the top-four defense pairings with Filip Hronek and Moritz Seider.

The sophomore jinx is evident

Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond are struggling at the start of the season. Both are being watched more closely compared to one year ago. Every time Raymond touches the puck, he has someone draped all over him. Seider is playing the most minutes on the team and is certainly getting the respect he deserves from other teams. Both will be fine, but the duo is struggling out of the gate to start the season.

Kubalik was a steal from Chicago

When Bertuzzi went down with an injury, Dominik Kubalik was asked to play on the top line. So far, Kubalik has two goals and five points in four games.

Hronek has had a nice start

Playing with Maatta has given Hronek a chance to play a more significant role with the Red Wings. Maatta is really strong defensively, and Hronek now has a better chance to be offensive without giving up goals on a nightly basis. Last year, Hronek had a rating of -29 and had never had a season where he was a plus player. Through four games, Hronek is +5 and looks comfortable playing with Maatta every night.

Special teams look improved

The power play is still struggling, but it looks like the puck movement has improved from one year ago. The Red Wings are currently 23rd in the NHL with a 12.5% success rate. The penalty kill has been terrific. So far, the Red Wings have not allowed a power play goal against and are one of only four teams that currently have a 100% success rate at killing penalties.

Dylan Larkin is playing his heart out

A game-saving play in the final minutes of Monday’s game against Los Angeles shows that Larkin wants to lead this team back to respectability. As an impending UFA, negotiations between the Red Wings and Larkin’s representatives don’t appear to be affecting his desire to lead by example.

The Red Wings are relying on the 21 players they have.

So Red Wings management has decided to let the current roster players play. The only regular who has not dressed is Jordan Oesterle. There are several recruits in Grand Rapids, but for now, management will let them ripen in the AHL. The prospects will be good and ready if needed at some point in the future.

Draft Targets and the Stanley Cup Final The Production Line Podcast

In this episode, we recap the World Championships, highlighting Kubalik, Seider, Mazur. Next, we take a long look at the 2023 first round and which players will be available at 9th and 17th. 
  1. Draft Targets and the Stanley Cup Final
  2. Trade Targets and Mazur's Case
  3. Should They Stay or Should They Go?
  4. The Ninth Overall Pick and Playoff Check-In
  5. Red Wings' End of Season Review

Chris Giles

Chris Giles is a former junior hockey player and coach from Canada. He has been a diehard Detroit Red Wings fan for almost 50 years. Chris is an avid golfer who has volunteered at several PGA and Canadian Open Championships throughout North America.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stanley Cup on display on ice

NHL: A Hater’s Guide to the Stanley Cup Final

If you’re finding it difficult to get behind the Panthers or Golden Knights, here are a few reasons to cheer against them. If you’re a Florida Panthers or Vegas Golden Knights fan, you have every reason to tune in when the Stanley Cup Final begins on June 3. You’re one of the lucky ones whose team made it. […]

Read More

Questions Ahead as Championship Duo Enters Pivotal 23-24 Season

The formidable ‘Holy Trinity’ in hockey is a team that covets a: world-class goaltender, defenseman, and centerman. It is a recipe that has a proven track record, with the 2012-14 championship era LA Kings as a perfect example. They weren’t a juggernaut regular season team but were systematic in a seven-game series. The Kings won […]

Read More

2023 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Jakub Dvorak

The Scouting Report: Jakub Dvorak from Liberec, Czechzia, born on May 25th, 2005, is your typical shutdown defenseman in the 2023 NHL entry draft. What will draw Jakub Dvorak some major interest come draft day is his size. Listed at 6’5″ and 203 pounds, you don’t typically find players with his size and skillset available […]

Read More