Wings still looking for turnaround under Yzerman
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, May 2, 2022

Steve Yzerman (photo courtesy of Detroit Red Wings)

(DETROIT) – The Detroit Red Wings celebrated the return of Steve Yzerman three years ago, expecting one of their all-time greats to turn around the franchise as general manager. It hasn't happened yet. Detroit was 32-40-10 and won 39% of its games, barely faring better than last year's rate after bottoming out in Yzerman's first season by winning fewer than one-fourth of its games. The Red Wings finished about 20 points ahead of the NHL's worst teams, but they were nearly 30 points away from earning a wild-card berth in the playoffs. Detroit's string of seasons without appearing in the playoffs stretched to six years after being in 25 straight postseasons and winning four Stanley Cups. Yzerman's first major move of the offseason was deciding not to renew Blashill's coaching contract. Rookie Moritz Seider said the team has a long way to go to simply compete in its own division against Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. Seider was Yzerman's first draft pick in Detroit and was selected earlier than expected in 2019 at No. 6 overall, but Seider has panned out in a big way. He became the fifth rookie since 1990 to have 50 points. Seider is not the only potential building block on the Red Wings roster as Lucas Raymond scored 23 goals and 57 points in his first NHL season. Raymond had the most goals by a Detroit rookie since Sergei Fedorov scored 31 during the 1990-91 season. The 20 year old forward became the fourth player in team history, and the first since Yzerman in 1985, to have 50 points.