The Hossa Effect: The Detroit Red Wings X-Factor

Curtis SmithContributor INovember 9, 2008

After the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, they won the Marian Hossa sweepstakes in a "nobody expected that" type move.  The Red Wings signed Hossa to a one-year deal, making him walk away from millions.  While nobody really knew how this deal would pan out, everybody is watching to see.

Through 13 games it's been a beauty.  Hossa is leading the way with eight goals, and has nine assists.  Hossa has been the go-to guy, the play-maker.  Hossa has a couple multi-point games, and plays with heart.

A Stanley Cup is what Hossa wants, and he has the best chance in Detroit.  Not only can Hossa score, but he can play defense too.

Zetterberg and Datsyuk are two of the best two-way players in the game.  With Hossa being another two-way offensive threat, it really makes the Red Wings the early favorites to repeat. 

Having a two-way player on the ice is kind of like having a third defender or a cover guy if you have a defender pinch in. 

If the Wings are ever in need of getting a goal, the line would look like this: Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Hossa-Rafalski-Lidstrom.  Serious threats and all positions on the line called the Production Line x5. 

The Wings look good this year. They have to play hard each night. But winners find a way to win.  Hossa brings a hunger to an already hungry team.  The Wings have a tough road ahead though, everybody wants to beat "The Champions". 

Hockey-Town has a knack of taking stellar players and taking them to the promise land.  Hossa would like to be on that list. 

The Red Wings GM Ken Holland says that he likes his teams to win seven of every ten games.  Through the first ten games it was 7-1-2.  That's right on schedule.