DETROIT >> Quick update from the Detroit Red Wings’ locker cleanout Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings reached the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season, due in large part to a bunch of young players.
“The regular season was a big challenge for us with all the injuries we had, lots of guys coming in and out of the lineup,” Niklas Kronwall said. “We’ve got a chance to see some of the younger guys do really well. I think there’s a very exciting future. Guys that had to grow up maybe sooner than they had to, and without he young guys we couldn’t have made it to the playoffs.”
Gustav Nyquist led the team during the regular season with 28 goals and was tied for third with 48 points. He had no goals and no assists and was a minus-1 in the five games.
Tomas Tatar was second on the team during the regular season with 19 goals and ranked sixth with 39 points. He had no goals and no assists and was a minus-3 in the five games.
Riley Sheahan had nine goals and 15 assists in 42 games during the regular season. He had no goals and no assists and was a minus-1 in the five games.
Tomas Jurco had eight goals and seven assists in 36 regular season games. He had no goals and no assists and was a minus-1. He found himself out as a healthy scratch in the final two games of the series.
“(They) give us a lot (of optimism),” Kronwall said. “Not only did they come in and play great but they also got a taste of the playoffs, what a different game it is, how tight it is,” Kronwall said. “It’s not a lot of space. Somehow you have to find a way to fight through it. It was a good learning curve.
The Wings lost in five games to the Boston Bruins.
“These guys know what to expect a little bit more,” Kronwall added. “Hopefully all of us in here need a big summer of training and be ready to go when the season starts. The message was pretty clear, have a great summer of training and be ready to go. We need a good start. It was tough when you’re not in a good spot with 15-20 games to go, when you have to fight for every inch out there, it’s a little different than what we’ve had in the past.”
Four players will be heading to Belarus to take part in the World Championships – Justin Abdelkader, Nyquist, Tatar and Jakub Kindl.