6 – Detroit Red Wings
I’ll let everyone else overrate the Detroit Red Wings following their big trade for Alex DeBrincat. But until the Yzer-plan actually produces a winner in the Motor City, I’m not giving them a high grade, even if DeBrincat makes their forward unit look stellar on paper.
5 – Ottawa Senators
Joonas Korpisalo was a good pickup, and the 29-year-old could provide stability at goaltender for the Ottawa Senators. They also got a 2024 first round pick and Dominik Kubalik in the DeBrincat trade, along with an NHL-caliber prospect in Donovan Sebrango, and a 2024 fourth rounder.
Overall, I’m giving Ottawa the early edge in this trade, considering DeBrincat’s so-so season north of the border and the fact they added a few building blocks for the future. But time will ultimately tell us whether the Sens or the Red Wings won out on this deal, and if DeBrincat performs better in the Motor City.
4- Boston Bruins
Don’t expect the Boston Bruins to go anywhere fast, as they are working to bring back young talent in Jeremy Swayman and Trent Frederic, while retaining Jakub Lauko. They also rounded out their group with Morgan Geekie, Milan Lucic, and James van Riemsdyk, all of which will help the Bruins once again fare as serious playoff contenders.