This years NHL Free Agency period was highly anticipated by Detroit Red Wings fans. General Manager had plenty of cap space and it appeared the Wings would have their pick of the free agent liter.
It didn’t quite work out that way and the Detroit Red Wings failed to land the top five defenseman fans were pinning for.
So the Red Wings were forced to resign Kyle Quincey to keep their blue line from being completely decimated. Clearly the team still needs a defenseman but with all the big-name free agent defenseman off the market, where should the Wings look to find help on the blue line?
They should look down.
Or at least in Grand Rapids.
Last season the Red Wings signed KHL defenseman Alexei Marchenko to a three-year entry-level deal. Marchenko didn’t disappoint, playing well enough to earn an invite to the AHL All-Star game. A mid-season knee injury caused him to miss the remainder of the season but not before spending a few games wearing a Red Wing uniform.
If that knee injury had not occurred, the Red Wings might have called on the rookie defenseman when the team was decimated by injury.
Alexei Marchenko could get that chance this season. If he shows he is healthy during development and training camps, he could break on to the Red Wings roster this season. That could help fill a void in the defense, preventing a trade and helping Ken Holland preserve some of the Red Wings young forwards.