The Detroit Red Wings are starting to figure out which players will be a part of their future plans and who will not be, Gustav Lindström definitely will be.
Going forward, expect a plethora of new names for the Detroit Red Wings, especially next season, to start seeing which of the young prospects will pan out. Those who do not may become trade bait or simply just cut ties with as the team begins to form a competitive team once again, not any time soon, though.
Right now, defenseman Gustav Lindström is the prime example of this, being a player who is earning his shot in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the first time. Lindström has played in fifteen games this season and has played well for a youngster on a rebuilding team.
In his fifteen game stint with the Red Wings, Lindstrom has one helper for his lone NHL point with a minus-seven plus/minus rating. He is averaging around sixteen minutes of ice time per game, which is nice; hopefully, he can maintain this workload and continue to show he belongs at the NHL level.
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Lindström plays a very calm and collected game on the ice, especially for a rookie who has barely played any games at the NHL level.
He is not a physical defenseman like Niklas Kronwall, but he finishes checks and makes plays when he needs to.
On top of that, he makes smart decisions with the pucks, making the smart play to do the best thing possible for his stock with the Red Wings.
He appears to look poised on the ice for a youngster, which bodes incredibly well for the future of this team’s defense core.
Do not be convinced by former NHL and Red Wings great Nicklas Lidstrom, but Lindström appears to be around for the long haul.
Looking farther ahead beyond the 2019-20 season, the Red Wings will get Danny DeKeyser back from injury, Filip Hronek will see less ice time, Lindström could be poised for more ice time, and Moritz Seider may get his first shot.
Lindström has every chance to make a difference in the NHL with the Red Wings, even if it is as a second pairing, puck-moving defenseman who can provide solid defense, it should be welcomed. General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman should see how Lindström is playing, and know that he deserves to be kept around and give him this chance.
With a young and developing defense core and Lindström’s promising play through this first stint in the NHL, he should definitely be a part of this defense core for years to come.