Damien Brunner might be the best Red Wings' player who has never played a game for Detroit.
Brunner has the speed, skill, awareness and overall dynamic play-making ability to play at a high level for the Red Wings.
Speaking of playing for the Red Wings, Brunner is played with Henrik Zetterberg over in the Swiss Elite League.
The two have great chemistry going and Brunner is reaping the results on the offensive score sheet. He already has the same amount of goals this year in only 30 games as he did last year in 45 games (via hockeydb.com).
Last year's point total of 60 is well within Brunner's sights as he has 53 points in 30 games this season.
Of course, having Henrik Zetterberg on your team does contribute substantially to this total.
The Red Wings would most likely offer Brunner an extension, but he's due for a raise as well as his would-be contract this year was a one-year entry deal worth up to $1.35 million including bonuses (via CapGeek.com).
Somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million for a shorter term deal would be a good bet, even as the salary cap will decrease.
Brunner's added success in the Swiss Elite League this season would give him added value in the European leagues as well, but I still say a strong pitch from the Detroit Red Wings' brass this off-season convinces Brunner to give Detroit a shot once again.
I put his return to Detroit around 85 percent.