The Detroit Red Wings are too old to compete for a Stanley Cup this season. Teams such as the San Jose Sharks and LA Kings got stronger during the offseason, and will be too much for the Wings to handle. The team as a whole is on the downswing, and their best days are behind them.
That's what the haters will tell you to believe. But don't be fooled.
The Wings are just as deep and talented as ever, and have plenty of youthful reinforcements on the way to backup the regulars like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
While the core remains intact there are a handful of Red Wings that are primed and ready for breakout seasons. While making a run at the Cup wouldn't be a cakewalk, the odds would increase in a big way if these five players find a higher gear.