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Vrana to miss most of season, Raymond and Veleno face huge opportunity

September 30, 2021, 12:45 PM ET [32 Comments]
Jeremy Laura
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The excitement of a preseason shootout win was quickly lost today. Jakub Vrana, who many (including myself) pegged as Detroit’s highest goal scorer for the upcoming season will be out for at least 4 months. The “tweak” at camp wasn’t a tweak at all.

The announcement was made around noon, and the minimal recovery window has the speedy winger out until February. That is a tough bit of news to a newly (sometimes overly) optimistic bunch of Red Wings fans.

In reality, I’d had this squad missing the playoffs. Vrana’s absence will likely enhance that. 25-30 goals was the projection (I had him hitting 30) and that’s not easily replaced in the current group. More than anything, if I’m Veleno and Raymond, I’m digging deep right about now. A top 6 spot is open (and I think injury will open even more opportunity). For these next few games, Larkin won’t be playing either. Suter will be the top center with Fabbri now returning to the middle position (until Larkin comes back in at least). Bertuzzi, Zadina and Ryan are likely the wingers with one more spot.

It’s funny, I just wrote about the contest between Veleno and Raymond. In terms of pure scoring looks at camp, Raymond looks a lot better. In terms of being more “sturdy” and an all around utility player, Veleno would of course get the nod. This is assuming that one of Erne or Rasmussen won’t get the call. At this point, anything is possible.

Detroit is so far away from the cap ceiling that they don’t need to LTIR Vrana. A trade is always possible, and Yzerman isn’t shy about going that route. Having Ryan as a tryout looks to be an even better idea now than it did a week ago. I do know that the GM won’t leave a prospect in the NHL if it’s hurting their development. Still, this opportunity is one I’m sure both JV and LR are fully aware of at this moment.

Tonight’s tilt vs Buffalo just got that much more interesting. With both those players likely to be on the ice against a potentially “diminished” opponent it could be a good chance to see them in all situations. Let’s see who, if either, can grab that spot and who wants it more.

Check out my previous blogs:

Wings vs Chicago pregame

”Twas the night before Red Wings

Red and White game

Training Camp Day 3

Interviews from Seider, Nedeljkovic and Erne

Training Camp day 2

Edvinsson gets assist in Frolunda loss

Day 1 of training camp

Vrana should switch to Discover

Yzerman did a pre camp presser

Training Camp Preview

Bobby Ryan has signed a PTO Bobby Ryan has signed a PTO

My final thoughts on the Prospects Tournament

Another injury riddle tournament

St Louis had their way with Detroit

Pregame Detroit vs St Louis

Soderblom and Edvinsson combine for GWG

Detroit is looking for a 2nd straight win,

Detroit won its first game of the prospects tournament

Frolunda won 2-0

Detroit is streaming the prospects tournament

Word on Woodward talks prospect tournament

Givani Smith signs 2 yr 1 way deal at 750k

Up Close with Jared McIsaac

Griffins TV packages are available

Frolunda Drops opener, Oesterle on Wings TV

Word on Woodward with Robby Fabbri

Prospects Camp Roster and Denver Wings

Cholowski signs with Kraken

Simon Edvinsson is picking up points

10 Days Until Prospect Camp

The Atlantic Division is a bit of a gauntlet for a rebuilding team.

Filip Hronek’s 3 year extension

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