Like April showers bring May flowers, failed playoff achievements bring summer-layoff bereavements.
Heading into the summer Detroit will likely make significant changes, with seven players heading for unrestricted free agency and young players hoping to make their case for a roster spot.
There are roster players who didn’t live up to hype or simply have the season they expected. It’s hard to find fault in any players who magically remained healthy for the majority of the year, leading Detroit to a 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.
However, the team’s goal wasn’t simply to make the playoffs and bow out in five games. After taking Game 1 against the Boston Bruins, Detroit’s four straight losses ended its season in an untimely, substandard fashion.
Looking ahead to an offseason of healing and considerable roster clarity, there are a few key players ready to improve and contribute in 2014-15.
Whether rebounding from a lack of contribution or significant injury, these players are those most likely to bounce back next season.