Detroit Red Wings: The 3 Best Players at Each Position in Franchise History

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Detroit Red Wings: The 3 Best Players at Each Position in Franchise History
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The Detroit Red Wings are one of the most successful franchises in the NHL. Their list of great players reads like a who’s who of hockey history.

How many other teams have so many players that are in the debate for best all time around the NHL?  The Wings have players in the best defensemen, best player, best captain and best goalie of all time debates.

As with any list, there are some surprises.  The Wings have a deep history in amazing centers and left wingers.  For just about every player picked, there was an easy argument for one left off the list.  Other teams would have loved to have had the centers and left wingers that did not make the list. 

While not weak by any means, the defense and right wing is not nearly as deep as centers and left wings.  Of course, many players move between the center and wings, however; they were considered for the positions that the Red Wings have listed them as.

Another surprise was that beyond the first two goalies how steep the drop off is to the next goalie.  Now, part of that may be due to how long the top two were able to play for the Wings; combined, they controlled the net for 1,299 games.  Still, for a team that has won 11 Stanley Cups, 19 division titles and six Presidents Trophies, I would think that they would have had a deeper goalie history.

Let the debates begin.  Here are the top three players at each position for the Detroit Red Wings

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