The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most storied franchises in the National Hockey League.
Countless players have come in and out of Detroit, but some of the best in history have stayed, won and will forever live in Red Wing lore. All-time greats like Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay still grace the halls of Joe Louis Arena in celebration of this team’s tremendous antiquity.
From the “Production line” to the “Russian five” to the “Grind line,” this historic team has been home to some incredible memories. Names like Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom helped carry this team from the “Dead Things” in the 1980’s into the era of Hockeytown.
There are just too many amazing talents to consider and it is difficult to leave some great names off this list. The players on this list were judged on three criteria—statistics as a Red Wing, their longevity with the club, and the level of threat they posed on the ice.
With that, here are—in this writer’s opinion—the five greatest scorers in Detroit Red Wings history.