Now that the Detroit Red Wings' season is over, fans are eagerly waiting for the free-agent season to begin. Many fans are day dreaming about how Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Alexander Semin would look wearing the winged wheel.
Three early-round exits have the fans of Detroit sitting a little uneasy and definitely much less patient than usual.
While the team has brought in free agents in the past—and likely will again this year—they do not build their core that way.
Over the past 20 years, this franchise has an unmatched record in drafting. Without the benefit of high draft picks, they have been able to consistently find late-round steals that have become big-time players for the team.
With that said, the team will certainly make a splash in the free-agency pool, but they will also look within their own organization to pull players up to the team.
Here are some players that are potential candidates to make next season’s roster