No Red Wings ranked in TSN’s top 50 NHL players

The Detroit News

The Detroit Red Wings are in rebuilding mode, after seeing their streak of 25 straight seasons of playoff appearances snapped.

Starting a new streak this season could be tough, given the talent remaining on the roster.

TSN — Canada’s version of ESPN — came out with its annual top 50 NHL player poll on Tuesday, and it included nary a Red Wing. The list was chock full of young stars — Edmonton Oilers phenom Connor McDavid, 20, was No. 1 — and veterans — Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby was No. 2 — but none who wore the winged wheel.

Perhaps that’s not surprising, with Pavel Datsyuk’s departure after the 2015-16 season and longtime forward Henrik Zetterberg entering his 15th season at 36 years old.


Zetterberg remains a productive player, leading the Wings last season in assists (51) and points (68) after playing all 82 games. One of the Wings’ promising young players, 21-year-old forward Dylan Larkin, also didn’t make the cut on TSN’s list, which included input from a panel of 22 “TSN experts.”

Among those who made the list were veteran Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, a Michigan State product who checked in at No. 31 — a drop of 11 spots from a year ago — and Montreal Canadiens forward and former Michigan standout Max Pacioretty, who is at No. 43 after he was unranked a year ago.