Detroit Red Wings: 3 restricted free agents to avoid re-signing

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Madison Bowey

The Detroit Red Wings acquired Madison Bowey in a deal that sent Nick Jensen to the Washington Capitals.  Bowey was the ‘throw in’ as the Red Wings received a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft for Jensen.

Bowey plays with plenty of grit, which we like, but struggles mightily in his own zone.  Bowey’s proved to be a defensive liability producing a putrid 44.4 Corsi For Percentage (CF%) last season.  If you want to blame that on how bad the Red Wings were this past year, his career average is 44.5%.

During the 2019-20 season, Bowey recorded a career-high 17 points, scoring three goals.  Bowey also arranged a career-high 17:54 time on ice.  It shows just how bad the Wings were last year.  Bowey is best-suited playing as a sixth or seventh defenseman, but the Wings were forced to play him as a second-pairing defender.

The Detroit Red Wings will have a Filip Hronek, Danny DeKeyser, Patrik Nemeth, Alex Biega, and hopefully Dennis Cholowski, Gustav Lindstrom, Jared McIsaac or Moritz Seider emerging for a roster spot next season.

If the Red Wings are looking for a gritty defender, they have options with Joe Hicketts or big Dylan McIlrath, they can plug into a third pairing.  The Red Wings also have veteran Brian Lashoff as a reserve.

I’d expect the Detroit Red Wings to try and land a top free agent to plug into their top-four defense corps.  The team may have an opportunity to make a splash by landing either Torey Krug or Alex Pietrangelo.