Detroit Red Wings: All About Kyle Quincey and His Play

Chad IrvineContributor IIIFebruary 22, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 22:  (L-R) Gabriel Landeskog #92, Paul Stastny #26, Kyle Quincey #27 and Milan Hejduk #23 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate Hejduk's third period goal as Andrew Cogliano #7 of the Anaheim Ducks looks on during the NHL game at Honda Center on January 22, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Avalanche 3-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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The Red Wings have plenty of cap space this season, and by working the trade wire, they have helped themselves out a bit. They acquired Kyle Quincey from the Colorado Avalanche for a first-round pick in the 2012 draft and a prospect in Sebastien Piche.

The No. 27 will now sport the winged wheel on a defense studded with veterans and up-and-comers. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom leads the team in Ice Time this year—he is only one of the big names on the Wings roster this season. Quincey has played 54 games and averages 22:21 on the ice this year.

His 23 points puts him in the middle of the pack for the franchise, fourth among defensemen. Quincey has five goals and 18 assists, right on track for his projected stats of eight goals and 27 assists for 35 points. His -1 rating is not where the Wings would like, but with Howard in the net, I'm sure this will go up.

He has struggled in the calendar year with only five points in 2012. Hopefully he will be able to bring up production levels and get more assists with players like Henrik Zetterburg and Tomas Holmstrom in front of him to set up.

His 6'2" and 207 lb. frame is in the middle of the pack and not something the Red Wings need, but his left-handed shot won't change much. On the roster of the Detroit Red Wings, there are three right-handed shooters which I thought they picked up. Also, another Left handed defensemen? I would have thought their needs were elsewhere.

At 26 years old, Quincey gives the Wings youth on the defensive line. Out of eight defensemen on their roster, he is the second youngest, just one year older than Jakub Kindl.

What I think the Wings need isn't on defense or in goal-scoring like others thought, but the need for another left-winger. Jan Mursak has only played eight games this season and has two points. I think that his production shows he needs to be sent to Grand Rapids of the AHL and the Wings need to pick up another left-winger. Mursak averages one point every nine games. Give him time to develop his game and allow his skills to grow and maybe bring him back up, but until then, they need another big body to play up front for the Wings.