Alexander Semin might be the biggest gamble that Detroit could take out of any player that I put on this list.
Having said that, he will help the Red Wings more than any other free agent could if Detroit were fortunate enough to get him.
Semin provides a few things that the Red Wings lack, all rolled up into one.
Semin is right-handed. Detroit struggled this year trying to get good looks with just one or two (depending on the night) right-handed shooters in their lineup.
Detroit's power play was awful this year compared to years past.
At 22nd in the NHL and only 16.1 percent conversion, Detroit's power play really struggled at parts of the season. At one point, the Wings went 30 straight chances without a goal.
Semin only put up two power play goals this season, so I'm sure you're thinking, OK, so how will he help the power play?
See the "right-handed shot" part for that one. Most of Detroit's chances weren't really chances because players weren't in a position to shoot on the one-timer. This caused havoc with their setup, and as a result a poor overall power play.
A True Sniper
There's just something about a player who can score almost at will. Maybe it's the fact that as Detroit fans, we haven't really had a true sniper since Marian Hossa left, and before him maybe Brett Hull.
If you need more proof of why Detroit needs a legitimate right-handed sniper, maybe you need to watch more Red Wings games. The Red Wings frustrated fans with their passing and lack of shots this season. I often found myself yelling at the television "SHOOT!"
Semin would bring the wood on his shots, and he wouldn't be hesitant to unload his shot either.