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2023-24 Detroit Red Wing Season Grading Part 1: Forwards

By meerna Jun25,2024
2023-24 Detroit Red Wing Season Grading Part 1: Forwards

The 2023-24 Detroit Red Wings were full of players who overachieved, underperformed, or did exactly what was expected of them. So I decided to rate each player’s season based on how I thought his season went and how he handled his role on the team.

Why did I do it, you may ask? As I mentioned, this team achieved much more than ever last season. Some players did the little things well every time they were on or off the ice.

As you can imagine, I had some criteria by which I judged what rating to give each player. These are:

1. How well did they perform in their assigned role?

2. What did they bring to the team?

3. Were they able to play at the same pace throughout the season?

4. How well did they produce?

Each player I evaluated had to play at least 10 games for the Detroit Red Wings to be considered. Unfortunately, players such as Zach Aston-Reese and I-96 legend Brogan Rafferty did not qualify for the competition.

68GP 33G 36A 69Pts

Who better to start this list than the captain of the Detroit Red Wings? Dylan Larkin was the team’s MVP for most of the season and was the heart and soul of the team. He led the league in points early in the season and was able to maintain his points per game (PPG) pace throughout the season. Unfortunately, he was injured both in December and March. His MVP status was only solidified when the team won only 4 games while Larkin was out of the lineup. Regardless of the difficult season, he managed to achieve PPG and a career-high goal total.

82GP 31G 41A 72Pts

Lucas Raymond (Razor) started the season as many fans expected. Reliable goal-scoring with a little more physicality (the 12 pounds he gained did wonders). Although it was the second half of the season where Razor really shined. To emerge as the superstar the team hoped to select 4th overall in the 2020 NHL Draft. Instead of the injured Larkin, he put the team on his back. By the end of the season, he managed to lead the team in points, which was largely helped by him scoring his first 30 goals of the season.

50GP 20G 27A 47Pts

Patrick Kane’s decision to sign with the Red Wings shook the league to its core. Okay, maybe not the entire league, but definitely Chicago and Detroit fans. Because concerns about hip reconstruction surgery were alive and well and valid, he happily looked like the old “ShowTime.” The way he handled the puck seemed to amaze and charm every player on the ice not named Patrick Kane. His shooting and playmaking skills never waned, and his play continued to improve as the season progressed. Scoring almost a point per game on 20 goals in a season after a mid-season start and potentially career-ending surgery is an incredible feat.

82GP 27G 40A 67Pts

When Steve Yzerman managed to acquire “The Cat” from Ottawa, he brought with him the power of a superstar, as well as something that the team desperately needed. Goals, they needed goals. Debrincat could score goals very well. Although he started out at an incredible goal-scoring rate, as the season progressed his goals became increasingly sporadic, sometimes going more than 10 games without a goal. However, he managed to make up for it with good play. The goal scorer is still there and I believe DeBrincat will score at least 30 goals next season.

79GP 5G 14A 19 pts

Fischer was the epitome of the term “guy.” He was brought in as a solid bottom-six winger who can provide some offensive punch, but primarily plays defensive hockey and has done VERY well at it. “Ryba” not only played his role almost perfectly, but was also loved in the locker room. He quickly became a fan favorite thanks to his goofy personality and genuine love for his teammates. He also became 1/3 of the “Grind Line” team with Andrew Copp and Michael Rassmussen, competing with the teams top lines and doing quite well in that role.

77GP 19G 29A 48Pts

Mr. 877-GOALS-NOW was signed as a free agent before last season to bring a much-needed veteran center to the team. He quickly became the Red Wings’ second-line center (2C), taking over from Copp. JT Compher excelled in the 2C role and played a huge role in penalty kills. It was clear that he was not brought in to score an important goal, but to improve the team’s overall defense. However, this did not stop him from scoring many goals in his career. Ultimately, Compher fulfilled his role adequately.

76GP 17G 30A 47Pts

David Perron has been noticeably different this season. He was noticeably slower, lacked shooting touch and had a tendency to take too many lazy penalties at both ends of the ice. However, he continued to prove that he is still one of the best puck defenders and skaters in the league. He was still quite effective on the first power play unit as his one-timer was still considered a threat. Off the ice, he was considered a big guy in the locker room. Overall, he fulfilled his role well.

76GP 18G 25A 43Pts

“The Tale of Daniel Sprong” is actually two stories in one. The first half of the season was great. Sprong made the most of his limited ice time and quickly became the team’s most prolific scorer. He brought great scoring depth to a team that had nothing to talk about. The second half, however, is a different story. Although he continued to score, it was not as evident as in the first half and his lack of defense was detrimental at times. However, I believe that his good outweighs the bad and that he has fulfilled his role as a winger well with six points in the table.

68GP 18G 14A 32pts

The biggest question asked of Robby Fabbri was whether he could stay healthy throughout the season. Although he missed most of October, he managed to stay healthy for the rest of the season. Capping his career with numerous goals, he made a decent living by scoring, rebounding and dirty goals. Like Sprong, Fabbri was able to deliver a solid bottom-six finish.

79GP 13G 20A 33pts

Copp (through no fault of his own) may have the worst contract on the team. Fans’ perception of this contract deteriorated even further when he was moved to a third-line center. However, even in a limited role, he managed to be incredibly effective in the penalty kill and became the center of this year’s “Grind Line” along with Rassmussen and Fischer. Even with reduced ice time and a smaller role on the team, he was still able to score the second-highest goals of his career while remaining effective defensively. Overall, he mostly fulfilled the role assigned to him. In fact, if it weren’t for his contract, most fans would treat him much better.

75GP 13G 20A 33pts

Overall, the Moose had a good year. While his attack wasn’t what I would have most expected, Rasmussen’s defensive play was fantastic and was another highlight of his holding on penalties. Before he was injured in early April, he, along with Copp and Fischer, formed one third of this year’s “Grind Line.” In this regard, he learned to play a more brutal and harder-hitting game. Oddly enough, that’s where he’s found most of his offense this season. After extending his contract to four years for $3.2 million, it became clear that the Red Wings organization saw value in Rasmussen.

80GP 12G 16A 28Pts

Joe Veleno had a very poor season. His start to the season, mainly focusing on the fourth line, showed promise, but as the season progressed the offense faltered. However, Veleno was a solid penalty killer with a power play faceoff percentage of 56.9. He was also called upon to center the front two lines when Compher or Larkin were out of the lineup, not trying to look out of place while competing against the teams’ top rivals. He also achieved a record number of goals, assists and points at the end of the season.

34GP 0G 1A 1Pt

Austin Czarnik was the Red Wings’ first choice to replace injured players. He was called up in December when players like Larkin and Compher were injured for most of December. He was then recalled after the trade deadline as a warm-hitter when Klim Kostin was traded. He finally started on the ice in March and continued to play until April, when Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde started picking up players like Sprong and Veleno, and Czarnik became the permanent fourth-line center when Rasmussen was injured in April. Although he contributed very little in all aspects of the game, he was a solid fourth-line backup center at the end of the season.

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