The Detroit Red Wings have continuously retooled their roster over the course of their 22-year streak of consecutive playoff appearances. This ability to constantly have players that can not only perform at the NHL level but do great things in the league has helped add to the success that the Red Wings have enjoyed over the past two decades.
But who are the Red Wings of the future that will hopefully carry the torch?
Fast-forward five years from now.
Pavel Datsyuk will not be with the Red Wings any more, and Henrik Zetterberg will be 38 years old and in the twilight of his career.
If this scares Red Wings fans, it shouldn't. Detroit has some great young hockey players coming through the ranks and should still be looking to be in playoff contention, to say the least.
Here are projections for the top Red Wings at each position when, in five years' time, the 2018-19 season rolls around.
Note: These projections are based on the players in the Detroit Red Wings organization as of November 2013.