Detroit Red Wings: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up in 2011-12

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Detroit Red Wings: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up in 2011-12
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The Detroit Red Wings franchise is peppered with a litany of prime time performers who stepped up their game when given the opportunity and kept the Big Red Machine running. 

Guys like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Kris Draper, Sergei Fedorov, Tomas Holmstrom were either drafted very late or came to Detroit for virtually nothing (literally $1 in Draper's case) and have managed to blossom into All-Stars.

With a new season set to begin, and the core of the Wings growing ever older, it's time for the next batch of players to keep Detroit's run of 20 consecutive playoff appearances going.

These are five players who have to step up their game and take on a bigger role starting in 2011-12.

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