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Top Detroit Goaltending Prospect Petr Mrazek
After the departures of all-time great defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, net-front stalwart Tomas Holmstrom and stay-at-home blueliner Brad Stuart, there was much uncertainty regarding the future of Hockeytown.
In an offseason dominated by the failure to land top free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Red Wings showed fans that the free-agency game is very tricky.
This season, the Red Wings need to conserve their draft picks for the 2013 NHL entry draft. Draft picks would almost certainly be used to trade some of Detroit's less skilled forwards, and at this point, that is not something good for the long-term health of a team that is trying to get younger.
After all, the Red Wings are the NHL's second-oldest team.
Even though draft picks are a gamble, the Red Wings need make sure they keep their right to make a beneficial pick in the opening rounds.