The 2015-2016 Wings should look quite a bit different. Holland only made a few moves, but they were each pretty significant in their own right, and as a result, a lot of the things that we've grown used to seeing (or not seeing) from the Wings may very well be changed. We now have a right-handed defensman, who also happens to be known more for offense than defense. We have a veteran center who isn't Stephen Weiss. We have a head coach who isn't Mike Babcock. The youth movement is one year older and more experienced, and we have guys like Pulkkinen, Mantha, Larkin, Callahan, Ferraro doing what they can to earn a roster spot. Our core is also one year older, and as of right now not expected to be in the lineup in its entirety until November. There is no clear number 1 goalie.
So I guess my question to everyone is what are your expectations for this team? Last year the Wings ended up as the third seed in the Atlantic, and lost in the first round to the Eastern Conference Champions in seven games. Do you look at the makeup of this team on paper and believe it should be the top team in the Eastern Conference, or Atlantic Division? Do you think they're a third seed team? Wildcard team? Do you expect this team to make a deep playoff run, or even make the playoffs?
I ask because I feel like I don't have a solid handle on where I see this team. In the past, at the very least I had an opinion that I felt I could at least comfortably defend, but right now I can just as easily see this squad being the Stanley Cup champs as I can see them missing the playoffs entirely. So what are your expectations for this upcoming season?