The Detroit Red Wings may not have every aspect of the future figured out for this organization. One of the team’s defensemen is starting to figure out his role with the team as the future progresses.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Gustav Lindström is starting to come into his own and show what he will bring to the table. While it’s not a top-two pairing guy with help on the offensive side, but he is proving he can play a role for the Red Wings organization.
While some people may think that veteran defenseman Marc Staal is unable to bring much to the organization, he is a crucial piece of the team’s defensive efforts, especially when it comes to locking things down defensively.
When it comes to Lindström, it’s going to be a similar output. He is still searching for his first career goal, and since he left Saturday’s contest with an injury, he will have to continue to wait for that feat to come to fruition.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Gustav Lindström is fitting in nicely.
The expectations should really not be that high for Lindström unless you look at defensive abilities. Lindström’s future was very unclear coming into the 2021-22 season, but the more I watch, the more it seems like he is coming into his own as a defensive defender.
While this role of the defensive defenseman is coveted and often an outsourced role, the Red Wings may be able to breed one from within. Lindström is 23 years old and has logged games in each of the last three seasons.
In 2021-22, Lindström has 19 games played with just four assists for the Red Wings but has shined for the team defensively. He has been able to limit scoring chances and be a smooth-operating defender for this team.
It’s great to see the Red Wings having success in the defensive zone, something that was an issue over each of the last two seasons leading to the goalies getting peppered night in and night out. But, when it comes to Lindström specifically, he is going to be able to provide this defensive defenseman the team has needed for a long time.
The best comparison I can think of would be that Lindström has a similar future to that of Marc-Édouard Vlasic or even Brad Stuart for Red Wings fans who remember him.
He may not even reach that potential, but being someone who can be relied upon to play sound in the defensive zone is going to be his calling card for the Red Wings.