Last week went pretty great for the Wings as they drafted Swedish defensemen Simon Edvinsson at 6th overall in the draft and traded for Carolina Hurricanes rising star goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. Edvinsson is a 6’5” 207 lb. lefty who can hopefully form a strong first-line defensemen pairing with 2019 first-round pick Moritz Seider in the future. The Wings needed a strong two-way defensemen prospect as last season they were 20th in goals against per game at 3.00. Nedeljkovic gives the Wings potentially their goalie of the future as last season he had a 0.932% save% and went 15-5 in his starts.
Both moves give the Red Wings high-end young pieces that can be a part of their future core group of players. Defensively they should benefit sooner than later which will be a very welcome sight especially as this team also struggled to score last season ranking 30th in goals for per game at 2.23. Perhaps giving up fewer goals can lead to more wins this upcoming season, but expectations should still be low. The future however is bright in Hockeytown.