Detroit Red Wings: Brendan Smith and Detroit's Most Well-Kept Secrets

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Detroit Red Wings: Brendan Smith and Detroit's Most Well-Kept Secrets
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In case you've been living under a rock for the last 20 years, the Detroit Red Wings are kind of good at drafting and developing players into NHL stars. After guys like Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen and others are drafted after the third round, you have to start assuming the front office knows what they're doing.

And yet for the past 10 years or so, there have been waves of fans saying that Detroit is going down.

They said it when Yzerman and Shanahan were aging and after the rise of Datsyuk and Zetterberg. You'd think they'd learn from past mistakes—but that's not the case. There are still a slew of people claiming that the Wings' window is closing.

However, anybody who takes a close look at the Red Wings' prospect pool would know that the end is nowhere near for Detroit.

That said, let's look over Detroit's most well-kept secrets.

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