Detroit Red Wings History: Best Roster Moves in the Ilitch Era, Part 1, Drafting

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Detroit Red Wings History: Best Roster Moves in the Ilitch Era, Part 1, Drafting
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The Detroit Red Wings had a stretch where they didn't win the Stanley Cup for 42 years.

That is likely very difficult to imagine today with the Red Wings constantly at or near the top of the League, but the fact is, Detroit was not always as good as it is today.

In fact, not only were they not winning, but the Red Wings were actually known as the "Dead Wings" for a while, prior to current owner Mike Ilitch purchasing the team in 1982.

Ilitch's purchasing of the Red Wings turned the Red Wings franchise completely around, restoring the glory of the original six franchise to where it is today.

How did the Red Wings restore their allure?

Part one of my three-part series is on the best roster moves in the Mike Ilitch era documents how Detroit went from annual pretenders to perennial contenders.

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