This has been a busy two weeks with the Detroit Red Wings with the NHL Draft, Free Agency and the Hockey Hall of Fame nominees. Starting with the NHL Draft on June 30th, with the first pick of the NHL Draft, the Red Wings selected Anthony Mantha from Val d'Or of the QMJHL. Mantha was the only 50 goal scorer in the QMJHL this past year and also chipped in 39 assist in 67 games. Mantha looks like he has all the tools to develop into a very good NHL player. With last years first pick Martin Frk, the Red Wings have a very nice one, two punch for the future.
The Red Wings draft crop also includes second round picks, Winger Zach Nastasiuk from the OHL Owen Sound Attack, and Winger Tyler Bertuzzi of the OHL Guelph Storm, nephew of current Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi. Also third round pick, Center Mattias Nylen-Janmark form Sweden AIK, fourth round pick, Winger David Pope from BCHL West Kelowna, fifth round pick from the WHL Kelowna, Defenseman Mitchell Wheaton, sixth round pick, defenseman Marc McNulty from WHL Prince George and seventh round pick, Winger Hampus Melen from Sweden Jr. Tingsryd.
With the NHL Draft past, and Free Agency starting on July 5th, the Detroit Red Wings decided to make a big splash in the pool by signing long time Ottawa Senator captain and veteran Winger Daniel Alfredsson and former the Florida Panthers, Center Stephen Weiss.
Alfredsson played 18 season for the Senators before moving on to the Red Wings. “I’ve played 18 years and I haven’t won the Stanley Cup,” Alfredsson said. “That’s my dream. I had an opportunity to talk to a couple of teams. Everybody knows Detroit’s goal is always to be at the top of the game and to win championships. I’m really excited to get this opportunity at this stage of my career, to go for a Stanley Cup and pursue a long-time dream.” Alfredsson agreed to a one-year deal worth as much as $5.5 million with bonuses.
Stephen Weiss had the same logic as well. Weiss had spent his whole career with the Panthers and was looking for a team with a winning pedigree. “Coming from Florida, and being there for 10 years, only playing in the playoffs one time, it was a pretty easy decision to come and play for the Red Wings organization. It’s been a culture of winning over the years. Their goal every year is to win a Stanley Cup and to come to a team and be a part of that is really exciting". Weiss agreed to five year deal, worth $24.5 million.
Both players will play big roles this upcoming season with Free Agents Valtteri Filppula, Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary moving on.
On July 9th the Hockey Hall of Fame announced their 2013 class which involved two former Detroit Red Wings, Brendan Shanahan and Chris Chelios.
With the Red Wings, Shanahan was Named 1st Team All-Star in 2000 & 2nd Team All-Star in 2002, Won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for Humanitarian efforts in 2002-03 and was a member of 1997, 1998, 2002 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup championships
Chris Chelios was traded to the Red Wings in March of 1999, and played eleven season with the Wings. While in Detroit he Won the NHL Plus/Minus Award & was 1st Team All-Star in 2001-02, was a member of 2002 & 2008 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup championships and won the Inaugural recipient of the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2006-07.