Detroit Red Wings: Realistic expectations for offseason free agent signings

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Detroit Red Wings, Vladislav Namestnikov
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5. Vladislav Namestnikov

What we hope to see: The last of the new five free agents, Vladislav Namestnikov is a unique enigma in his own right. Over the last four years, he’s played for four different teams, seeing rebuilders, contenders, and everything in-between.

This journeyman experience makes him an intriguing candidate for a breakout season. If he serves on the second line alongside up-and-comer Filip Zadina and Robby Fabbri, Namestnikov has the potential to eclipse 50 points for the first time in his career.

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What we will likely see: Namestnikov’s history of trade deadline deals may indicate a similar trajectory in Detroit.

Whether he’s eclipsed the 50-point plateau or remains far from it by the trade deadline, it would make sense for Yzerman to consider trading him.

He’s a superb depth role player with a wide range of playoff experience. He has knowledge of four teams’ styles of play.

He’s smart on the forecheck and penalty kill. Plus, he wouldn’t cost teams an arm and a leg to obtain.

No matter what happens, though, Namestnikov will be a good player on Detroit’s roster, helping cap off and add even more benefit to the offseason class that Steve Yzerman has brought in.

The offseason has been interesting as the Red Wings brought in five new faces for their NHL roster that all bring something to the table. In offseason number two of Yzerman’s tenure here in Detroit as the GM, he deserves some props for the job he’s done.

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After looking at these expectations, as the 2020-21 season approaches, fans can sit back and see which of the Detroit Red Wings signings will have the strongest season, or which will put up a worrisome effort.